UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Housing & Residential Services

Students at UC Santa Barbara have several choices of housing style and location, including residence halls, apartments, sorority and fraternity houses, and a housing cooperative, all of which are located on or within a mile of the campus. Detailed housing information is available on the housing web site at www.housing.ucsb.edu.

UCSB operates eight residence halls located on campus, and a variety of meal plans are offered at our four Dining Commons. Many single students find residence hall living an excellent opportunity to become involved with the campus community and meet other students. 

UCSB guarantees undergraduate students housing for all four years of their college experience, either in the residence halls or the apartments. Through the 2&2 program, students who live in the residence halls for two years are guaranteed housing in the UCSB apartments for their third and fourth years. Incoming UCSB freshmen admitted for fall quarter may download the residence hall contract by between May 1-15 as long as their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) is submitted by the campus deadline. New single graduate students are guaranteed apartment housing, provided deadlines are met. New transfer students are guaranteed an offer of university-owned housing (either apartments or residence halls) through a lottery process. Students with families are eligible for Family Student Housing. Families with children have priority. Residence Hall Assignment Services can be reached at (805) 893-5513 or contracts@housing.ucsb.edu. Apartment Assignment Services can be reached at (805) 893-4021. Please see www.housing.ucsb.edu for application processes and deadlines.

Residential & Community Living promotes a self-regulated environment for the residents of University residence halls and apartments. Their services foster the residents’ ability to live together respectfully and responsibly in a learning community and promote the academic success of all residents. The residential education program provides a quality living experience as well as opportunities to interact with other residents, faculty and staff. The department oversees live-in staff, resident placement services, community councils, and student leadership and conduct.

The Community Housing Office (CHO) serves as a one-stop resource for rental housing information for students living in the community. Students interested in finding off-campus, non-university-owned housing can log onto www.housing.ucsb.edu and click on “Rental Listings” to see what’s available. For information about CHO’s other services, such as their 24/7 Rental Advice and Information site, Rental Success Guide, mediation, or videotaping service, click on “Community Housing Office.” The CHO is located on the 3rd floor (Room 3151) of the University Center, upstairs across from the UCSB Bookstore. The office is open M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch), and can be reached at 805-893-4371.

Campus Conference Services, located in the Santa Rosa Administrative Center, provides information about and promotes the use of Housing & Residential Services’ conference facilities in the summer for organizations with educational objectives. The unit supports and enhances the educational, research and public service mission of the University by providing services and facilities in the planning, coordination, and execution of summer conference programs and year-round activities in the Loma Pelona Center. Telephone: (805) 893-3072.