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Housing Options


UCSB guarantees university-owned housing to first year and new transfer students who apply by the deadline. It is not required, although there are many benefits, including meeting new people with similar interests, convenient access to campus and dining facilities, a variety of social programs, furnished rooms, and Internet access. Some sophomores, juniors, and seniors choose to return to the residence halls after their first year. A lottery for continuing students is held in February for residence hall assignments.

Information on off-campus rentals is available at the Community Housing Office (CHO), which is a great resource for advice and information on all housing options in the Isla Vista, Goleta, and Santa Barbara areas. Questions can be submitted to

If your student is unsure about where they want to live, a complete list of housing options for all types of students (first year, continuing, graduate, transfer, family, etc.) is available at the Housing & Residential Services website.