Admissions & Outreach

Housing Information

UCSB Owned Housing

UCSB Housing and Residential Services offers a wealth of housing selections to match graduate students’ individual or family needs.

University Graduate Student Housing: San Clemente Villages

New graduate students enjoy two years of guaranteed housing in single student apartments.  San Clemente Villages apartments are conveniently located between the main campus, Isla Vista, and shopping centers, and are accessible by bus, bike, or on foot. 

Student Family Housing

Student Family Housing provides a limited number of one- and two-bedroom, single-family units for full-time UCSB students. The apartments are located in two separate complexes approximately 1 mile from the main campus. Non-traditional and extended families are welcome. Families with children are given priority.  Applicants and students are advised to sign the waiting list as early as possible.

Off-Campus Housing

With the exception of Isla Vista, most off-campus housing options do not need to be secured months in advance. Landlords usually post open listings when they are available and will want tenants who can move in right away. Plan to start looking for housing about a month before you plan to move in.


  • Year-long leases are typical, but shorter leases and month-to-month options are not uncommon- always try your hand at negotiating if you need something different than what is offered.
  • It is hard to find places with in-unit laundry, but most have on-site laundry.
  • While the area is very dog-friendly, it can be difficult to find rentals that allow any pets.
  • Most buildings in the area are more than twenty years old, so don’t expect many upgraded features.
  • Be prepared to fill out a rental application, which typically needs past landlord contact information, personal reference contact information, employment information, and financial information (bank and credit card account numbers). There may also be a small application fee.
  • For employment information, it would be helpful to have an enrollment verification letter from UCSB and any fellowship, TAship, or GSR information—the more information you can give a potential landlord about your ability to pay rent on time for the length of the lease will help you secure a place
  • Expect to pay a security deposit of at least one month’s rent (property providers can ask up to two times the amount of rent for an unfurnished unit), though can be more if you are considered a risky tenant.
  • Depending on your rental history, income, or credit score, you may need to have a co-signer/guarantor.

Typical Rental Costs:

  • Private room in a shared apartment or house: Starting around $700/month
  • Studio: $900-$1400/month, size and amenities can vary widely
  • 1-bedroom apartment: $1200-$1800/month
  • 2-bedroom apartment: $1800- $2400/month
  • 3-bedroom apartment or house: Some close to $2000/month, but usually closer to $2500 and up.

Utilities Information:

  • Internet: Cox Communications is the biggest provider for cable internet. The most basic internet plan is $29.99/month (plus taxes and fees) with a few tiers of plans going all the way up to $99.99/month. DSL options include Verizon DSL starting at $19.99/month for one year (plus taxes and fees, includes home phone service) and DSL Extreme starting at $12.95/month for one year (plus taxes and fees). You can also combine options for  high-speed Interne‚Äčt, TV and phone services with Frontier Communications.
  • Cable: Cox Communications is also the biggest provider for television. The most basic cable is $34.99/month (plus taxes and fees). For expanded basic cable, count on $63.99/month with additional channel packages ranging from $7 to $15/month and up. Additional charges add up for any receiver(s) and installation.
  • Electricity services in the area are provided by Southern California Edison
  • Gas services in the area are provided by Southern California Gas Company.
  • Water and trash services are typically covered by landlords, some also cover gas and electricity.

 Rental Listings:

Parking and Transportation

UCSB Parking and Transportation Services

If you plan to drive to campus learn more about parking permits.

Commuting Alternatives

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) serves those who commute to UCSB by foot, skateboard, bicycle, bus, carpool, vanpool or train. 

Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District

Registered UCSB students may ride the bus for free (with valid student ID and bus sticker).  Read more about obtaining a bus sticker on the Office of the Registrar's website.