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.