UCSB is located 10 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara, in the City of Goleta. Nestled between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara boasts the most beautiful scenery on the Central Coast of California and is known as the "American Riviera."
Moderate temperatures, clear air, palm-lined beaches, and the surrounding wilderness make Santa Barbara an ideal location for outdoor activity all year round. Santa Barbara has a semi-arid climate with an average daytime temperature between 60 and 70 degrees throughout the year and an average rainfall amount of approximately 18 inches per year.
The city is rich in entertainment opportunities, and there are plenty of wonderful restaurants, coffeehouses, and bars in Santa Barbara and the surrounding communities. There are also several annual events that draw visitors from all over the United States and abroad including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Summer Solstice Parade and Fair, I Madonnari, and Old Spanish Days. Wine country is just 30 minutes away in the Santa Ynez Valley.
There is a large demand for rental housing in the Santa Barbara area, and prices are relatively high. Studios average around $900 per month, a 1-bedroom rental averages $1150 per month, and a 2-bedroom rental averages $1600 per month. These are average prices; lower cost rentals are available. You can obtain more information on housing from UCSB Housing and Residential Services. Other good on-line sources for housing information are the local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News Press and Craigslist.
Below are some helpful links about Santa Barbara:
General Santa Barbara Information
Santa Barbara Newspapers