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4 College Senior

Transportation: We have bus stops ok every block with buses arriving every few minutes. Students with school ID ride for free. Also, everyone bikes in town! Very fast and convenient.

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3 College Student

Transportation: A bit far from home, not a big deal though

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus will be your best friend when you want to go downtown.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: For the area transportation was okay but being from a bigger city the transportation cannot compare.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is functional and punctual. As a student, we get free bus passes.


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Being car-less during your first year at UCSB is possible—and don’t worry—you won't be alone. Most students choose not to bring a car for their first year because they don’t want to worry about the stress of parking and paying for a parking permit. The most popular mode of transportation is by bike, with more than 14,000 bikes cycling through campus on a given day. For those who don’t like to bike, the campus is fairly flat, and it takes 15 minutes to walk from one end of the campus to another. If you do happen to bring your car, you’ll appreciate the convenience of being able to go grocery shopping, drive to work, or go home for the weekend. However, if you’re one of the few people with a car, be prepared to have your friends ask you for rides.

One of the most underutilized forms of transportation is the bus system, which takes students to campus, off campus, and downtown. The bus system is clean, reliable, and, best of all, free. The one downside to riding the bus: You have to plan your schedule around that of the bus, but if you’re like most college students and run on your own time, you’re better off bringing a bike. Bike theft is the most common crime on campus, so remember to bring your bike lock—you’ll be thankful you did.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Chip in for gas and borrow your friend's car
  • Start walking—use the beach as your reference point, and you can find practically everything. However, you should know that the coast curves, so sometimes the ocean is south, and sometimes it is west.
  • Take the bus.
  • Zipcar, 24/7 access to a car at a low cost for students
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The airport is actually next to campus. Convince your roommate to drive you.
Did You Know?
All bus transportation is free with a valid UCSB ID and a registration sticker.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

CSO (Community Service Organization) Escort Program
(805) 893-2000
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?


Schedules are on all the buses. They don't run very late at night, so be sure to plan ahead.

(805) 963-3366 transit center

(805) 963-3364 business office

550 Olive St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Santa Barbara Airport

It can sometimes be considerably less expensive to fly out of LAX or Burbank airports.

500 Fowler Road

(805) 967-7111

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

This airport is about two hours from campus.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

Bob Hope Airport

Burbank is about an hour and 45 minutes from campus.

2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank

(818) 840-8840

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is just a 15-minute drive from campus.

224 Chapala St.

(805) 965-7551

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is just a 15-minute drive from campus.

209 State St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 279 responses

  • 56% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 30% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 279 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 3% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 77% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 18% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 153 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 153 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 153 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 278 responses

  • 44% Very easy.
  • 52% Fairly easy.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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