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based on 271 reviews
  • Lindsay from Encino, CA

    I really loved the school when I visited and had an incredibly charismatic tour guide. My only concern is the town of Santa Barbara, I was wondering if current students could tell me if they find the area to be fun and have lots of things you could… more read full review

    I really loved the school when I visited and had an incredibly charismatic tour guide. My only concern is the town of Santa Barbara, I was wondering if current students could tell me if they find the area to be fun and have lots of things you could do there for fun? read full review

  • lauren

    okay, so as of 2016, all freshmen will be placed in triples. there is a university housing shortage, obviously. rooms were constructed to be doubles (there's only two closets) but they're big enough to fit three people in them. it's tight, but… more read full review

    okay, so as of 2016, all freshmen will be placed in triples. there is a university housing shortage, obviously. rooms were constructed to be doubles (there's only two closets) but they're big enough to fit three people in them. it's tight, but doable. but honestly, that isn't that big of a deal. you use your room for storing all your stuff and sleeping. there are plenty of spaces on campus to study or eat. if you go to all your classes and participate in a club or two, then you really won't have much time to spend lounging in your room. i recommend that you get your roommates' contact information as soon as possible, and set up a group message and discuss who gets which bunk and desk, who's bringing what (minifridges are great but you only need one), and general rules for the room (overnight guests?). the dorms themselves are all fairly similar. santa cruz, santa rosa, and anacapa (the chi-5) are all on-campus. near the beach. each wing is single gender, and shares one public bathroom. (those are cleaned daily. rooms are also vacuumed once every two weeks). some rooms face the ocean, some don't. those that do often smell like the ocean/tar, so the view may or may not be worth it. each building has a kitchenette with basic appliances. you can rent stuff like pans from the front desk. manzanita is also on campus but is located on the other side. it consists of multiple buildings rather than one huge connected structure. the bathrooms are separate rooms that shared by two dorm rooms. they don't connect so it's not like a jack-and-jill situation like in santa catalina. only some of the buildings have kitchenettes though. santa catalina is the off-campus dorms. formerly called francisco torres (ft), they are now known officially as santa catalina. except people still call san cat ft anyway. these dorms are two towers. two rooms each connect via a bathroom, so the entire floor doesn't share one bathroom like the chi-5. some people love these dorms because of the bathroom situation and the fact that the rooms are slightly bigger (and were all doubles for 2015, that's changed), others hate them because they're so far off campus. there is a bus that goes directly from the dorms to the bus loop by north hall, but most people bike. san cat has their own dining commons (portola). read full review

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