UCSB Apartments Move-In Information

Welcome!

WELCOME TO THE UCSB APARTMENTS! We are looking forward to a great academic year and helping you to get connected in an amazing environment. We will continue to update this page with information about move-in, including traffic or construction issues. Please check back a few days before your scheduled move-in day to make sure you have all the necessary information. We look forward to welcoming you during Move-In. In the meantime connect with us and other Gauchos now via social media using the buttons above. 

Moving In

Where Do I Find My Move-In Information?

  • At least two weeks before your assigned move-in date, residents will receive an email to their umail address from our Assignments team with information confirming your apartment number, roommate information and move in day and time. This email will also provide residents' mailing addresses, as well as any last minute information they need for check in.
  • Move In Dates:
    • Residents of San Clemente Villages with 10-month and 11.5 month contracts and Westagte: September 1, 9:00am - 5:00pm, check-in at San Clemente Villages Office to pick up keys. September 22-23, 9:00am - 5:00pm, check-in at San Clemente Center in Castaic Village to pick up keys.
    • Residents of San Joaquin Villages: September 19 - 23,  9:00am - 5:00pm, (we recommend moving in September 19 - 20 to avoid Santa Catalina move in), check-in at Sierra Madre Villages to pick up keys. 
    • Santa Ynez, El Dorado,  and Westwinds: September 22 & 23, 9:00am - 5:00pm, check-in at the Jameson Center in Santa Ynez to pick up keys. 
    • Residents of Sierra Madre Villages: September 22 & 23, 9:00am - 5:00pm, check-in at Sierra Madre Villages to pick up keys.

What Should I Bring?

  • All apartments are fully furnished
  • We recommend that residents reach out to their roommates to coordinate what they are going to bring to the apartment to allow residents to maximize the space in their units. However, at a minimum, in addition to clothing and personal items each resident should bring: Pillow & pillowcase; Sheets & mattress cover (beds are extra large twin size); Blankets; Towels; Toiletries 
  • Standard appliances are provided in apartment kitchens, but it's up to you to coordinate with your roommates as to exactly what kind of cooking equipment, plates, bowls, silverware, (microwave for Santa Ynez Residents) etc. you may want to bring to maximize your storage space.  
  • Also make a plan to bring items to keep your spaces clean and tidy.
  • Please do NOT bring items such as: Explosives; firearms or other weapons; Illegal drugs or alcohol; Empty alcohol containers as decorations; Torchiere-style (floor lamps), halogen, or incandescent lamps; Waterbeds; Pets (no unapproved pets allowed in buildings at any time, especially during Move-In Weekend.)

What do I Need to Check-In?

  • Please have your Access Card (your Student ID with your PERM number). This is used to check you in and also serves as a key for many apartments and residence hall areas. New students often obtain their Access cards during orientation; however, if you do not have one please bring photo identification and contact the Access Desk for information about acquiring an Access card. 

How Do I Get My Keys?

 

  • Please note that check-in for most apartments is not at your apartment complex. It is important you pay attention to the maps provided as well as information about your specific building. When you arrive at the check-in area, follow signs for parking and proceed to the check-in station. A staff member will ask you for your Access Card and verify your information with you. They will then provide you with your apartment keys (and bedrooom keys if applicable), as well as a map and some other important information about your new home.  

Late Arrival

On Move-In Weekend, residents are strongly encouraged to arrive during business hours (9:00am - 5:00pm) while staff are available to handle any issues that might arise. However, late arrivals who arrive after 5pm during move-in weekend will be able to check in until 8pm in their respective areas. After hours please proceed to the office of your check-in area and call the RA on call at 805-451-1470 for Santa Ynez, El Dorado and Westwinds Move-In; 805-451-9416 for San Clemente and Westgate; and 805-869-3899 for Sierra Madre and San Joaquin.

Late arrivals who arrive after move-in weekend should check-in during business hours 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday for the following complexes: Santa Ynez, San Clemente, El Dorado, Westwinds, and Westgate should go to the Santa Ynez Main office; Sierra Madre and San Joaquin should go to the Sierra Madre office. If you arrive outside of business hours please call the numbers for your complexes listed in the above paragraph.

Getting to UCSB

There are a number of ways to access UCSB from the north and the south. For residents moving in to Santa Ynez, El Dorado, Westwinds, and Westgate, and checking in and picking up keys at Santa Ynez apartments. For San Clemente Villages you will be picking up your keys from the San Clemente Summer Office in Arrowhead Village except during Move in Weekend September 22nd -23rd where pickup will be at the San Clemente Center in Castaic Village.  We recommend that you arrive to campus via the 101 freeway and take the Los Carneros exit and follow the directions below:

From Highway 101 South (arriving from areas north of UCSB)

  • Exit Los Carneros Road and turn right
  • Continue on Los Carneros for 1.7 miles
  • For Santa Ynez, El Dorado, Westgate and Westwinds Apartments: Turn right at El Colegio Road and then turn right into Santa Ynez Apartments 
  • For San Clemente Villages: Turn Left at El Colegio and Left into Lot 51

From Highway 101 North (arriving from areas south of UCSB)

  • Exit Los Carneros Road and turn left
  • Continue on Los Carneros for 1.7 miles
  • For El Dorado, Santa Ynez, Westgate & Westwinds Apartments: Turn right at El Colegio Road and then turn right into Santa Ynez Apartments 
  • For San Clemente Villages: Turn Left at El Colegio and Left into Lot 51

For move-in at Sierra Madre Villages and San Joaquin Villages, you will be checking in and picking up keys at Sierra Madre Villages. We recommend that you arrive to campus via the 101 freeway and take the Storke Road exit and follow the directions below:

 

From Highway 101 South (arriving from areas north of UCSB)

  • Take exit 108 for Glen Annie/Storke Road and turn right
  • Continue on Storke for 1.1 miles
  • Turn right at Sierra Madre Ct and Sierra Madre check-in area will be on your right

From Highway 101 North (arriving from areas south of UCSB)

  • Take Exit 108 for Glen Annie/Storke Road and turn left
  • Continue on Los Carneros for 1.1 miles
  • Turn right at at Sierra Madre Ct and the Sierra Madre check in area will be on your right

 

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We Support Waste Reduction, Reuse & Recycling  

UCSB Zero Waste Move-In Tips 
To avoid unnecessary waste and save money, please follow these “Zero Waste Move-In Tips.” UCSB as well as the entire UC system have committed to Zero Waste as a goal by 2020. You can help!
 
  • Space is tight, especially if you’re in a triple – so less is more (less stuff = more space to relax).
  • Only pack what you need. Remember, you will likely be returning home at the end of the quarter for holiday break and can swap out seasonal clothing. Buy supplies that you know you will use. It is exciting to buy all new materials for college, but it is very easy to create a lot of waste. Start with what you already have and buy the essentials, you can always get more later.
  • Discuss what appliances you plan to bring with your roommates. Be mindful of your shared space and try to make arrangements to share items such as an iron or television to ensure everyone is comfortable.
  • Don’t buy “just in case” items. You will usually be able to borrow items from your neighbors and friends, or find free resources around campus. Learn about programs on campus that help students get important items.
  • Donate, donate, donate. Luckily, the laundry room is never too far. Take this opportunity to purge your closet (or just leave it behind for now) and just bring what you will absolutely use. Donate clothes and other items that you don’t need or want!
  • Pack with what you have. Laundry baskets, storage bins, drawers, baskets, pillow cases, towels, and other reusable materials can be utilized as packing materials. Avoid using plastic trash bags. Use recycled boxes if needed ─ check a local grocery store, liquor store, or your workplace for secondhand boxes.
  • Re-use those boxes. Fold the flaps of your cardboard boxes so they will not require tape. Instead of bubble wrap, try household towels or newspaper for fragile items. Make sure to reuse or recycle all of your packaging later. Avoid using tape if possible, as it make recycling cardboard harder.
  • Used items are even better than new! You can buy used textbooks, iClickers, furniture, decorations, clothing, and more. There are textbook and item exchange pages through Facebook specific for UCSB students and the Santa Barbara community. You can also rent textbooks through the UCSB Library, and iClickers through Associated Students https://techrental.as.ucsb.edu/.

​Follow the above tips and together we can make a difference in supporting UCSB on its way to becoming a sustainable community!