Housing Highlights

October 13, 2015
  • In the Fall issue of CoastLines, the ‪UCSB‬‬ Alumni Association newsletter, there is a great article about First Generation Gauchos. Three of our talented and caring staff members are featured, Brandon Langford and Joshua Hudson, Resident Assistants, and Jeffrey Juarez-Palma, Assistant Resident Director at Santa Cruz Hall. Also mentioned is our new First Generation Living Learning Community in the Santa Catalina Residence Hall. Enjoy!


  • It’s been confirmed… Santa Cruz Residence Hall has been awarded LEED Gold! This is our fifth LEED Gold certification in Housing & Residential Services. You can learn about the sustainable measures that were incorporated into the Santa Cruz project via our Housing blog.
  • HOUSING BY THE NUMBERS: We’re closing in on 10,000 residents! The total number of current residents is 9,815, 43% of which are freshmen. In the residence halls, 1472 are non-first year students (quite a change from 10 years ago!) The total number of residents also includes 726 family members, 196 of which are children. Our oldest student resident is 63, while our oldest resident is 78. 81 countries are represented in our communities, the top four being China, Mexico, Korea, and India.
  • Summer days at UCSB are magical. This summer a few lucky students brushed elbows with singer/songwriter and UCSB ’97 alum Jack Johnson at De La Guerra. Jack was seen inside “the DLG” (mentioned in his song “Bubble Toes”) and even stopped to take pictures with a few student dining employees and residents
  • Our talented & caring Grounds Team has done it again. Check out the beautiful new BBQ area in the Santa Ynez 300s!

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO: Proud parents Justin Prince and Gioia Marchese for welcoming baby boy Cosmo Prince born September 17 at 8:59pm, at 8.2 lbs…Residential & Community Living’s Rose Contreras nee Collins for her marriage to Fernando Contreras on August 22. They followed their wedding nuptials with an adventurous honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Dining Director Jill Horst was featured as the FoodService Director of the month by FoodService Director magazine. In the September 2015 issue (pages 50-51), she is recognized for strengthening the dining program and educating students about food with the introduction of Tasting Tables and sustainable dining practices. Congratulations Jill!

  • Thanks to the hard work of Ginnie Thomas, our department received $30,000 from the Be Smart About Safety program. Ginnie reviewed our risk and injury data and then worked with the units to fund equipment that would help reduce our risks.  
  • PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: At UCSB, we share our beautiful oceanside campus with a number of birds, animals and fish. If you encounter a wild animal or bird in distress please call the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network at (805) 681-1080. And, hear what Jean-Michel Cousteau has to say about the increased amount of shark encounters that have occurred this past year.