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5 College Junior

Weather: Are you kidding? Isla Vista has one of the best weather climates in the world. For an example, the average this week is 83 degreed Fahrenheit, and it doesn't get too hot because the university is right on the beach. The rainfall is very minimum and the weather rarely falls under fifty degrees Fahrenheit at night. One may need a jacket rarely in the winter and a bathing suit in the summer. I love the weather in Isla Vista and would never trade it for a different climate zone.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It is always nice and breezy. When it rains people do not go out as much.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's very foggy and cloudy, something you don't expect from sunny SoCal but trust me you'll want some jackets. It's only hot during a few weeks in the fall (pretty foggy summers too).

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4 College Student

Weather: The beach and weather are fantastic.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is one of the greatest parts of living in Santa Barbara. It rarely rains.


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Nestled in between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is known as the "American Riviera," primarily due to its Mediterranean climate. Every sunset and sunrise is photo-worthy, and the students do not hesitate to tell you so. The weather is far more favorable than at most colleges, but do not be fooled—it can be bi-polar. While some places experience cold and snow in January, UCSB has bright and sunny days; however, months such as June, bring “June Gloom,” which can typically mean fog and cold—bummer. For the most part, the good weather outweighs the bad weather, and students don’t seem to mind.

Overall, most students cannot complain about Santa Barbara weather. People at UCSB dress like it’s summer every day, with guys and girls donning tanks and shorts almost year-round. Whether it’s cold or not, always pack a sweater or two for the few times out of the year when the temperature drops a couple of degrees.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 68 °F
Spring - Low: 52 °F
Summer - High: 74 °F
Summer - Low: 60 °F
Fall - High: 72 °F
Fall - Low: 55 °F
Winter - High: 65 °F
Winter - Low: 47 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 1.57 in./month
Summer: 0.04 in./month
Fall: 0.76 in./month
Winter: 3.82 in./month
What to Pack
  • Raincoat and rain boots for the few times it may rain
  • Sweater for the cold days
  • Swimsuit
  • Tanks
Did You Know?
This stretch of coast along Southern Santa Barbara County is often referred to as the "American Riviera" because its geography and similar climate to that of the French and Italian rivieras.


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