COMMUNITY HOUSING SERVICES is a one-stop resource for rental housing information and dispute resolution. Our experienced staff will answer your questions and provide guidance regarding your rental rights and responsibilities. Our services are available to students, faculty, staff, and property providers. To view our Mission Statement, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Services We Offer
Rental Listing Service
We offer a rental-listing service providing information and advising for students, faculty and staff looking for off-campus housing. The service is free for students.
Community Living Options
- Shared Housing: Most students have roommates to deal with high rents. Tenants who need roommates and roommates who need rooms advertise with University & Community Housing Services.
- Apartments and Duplexes
- Condominiums and Houses
- Rooms in Private Homes: private home-owners in Santa Barbara rent rooms to UCSB students, staff and faculty.
- Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-Op
- Sorority and Fraternity Houses
- UCSB Undergraduate Apartments
- UCSB Family Student Housing
- UCSB Residence Halls
- The Haven: a community for students in recovery
Plan Your Budget:
- First month’s rent and security deposit
- Last month’s rent to be paid in advance (in some cases)
- Start-up costs for utility deposits, household necessities, and linens
- Allocations for transportation, entertainment, and clothing
- Food costs average $195.00 per month
- Utility costs average $100.00 per month for apartments (gas, electricity and cable)
- Water and trash service are usually included in the rent
- Transportation: Students usually bike or walk to campus from Isla Vista. Bus service is free and available throughout Santa Barbara
Note: Most apartments in Isla Vista, Goleta, and Santa Barbara are unfurnished.
The Cost of Living in Santa Barbara
|Room Type||Isla Vista||Goleta||Santa Barbara|
|Room in Home*||n/a||$934||$921|
Rooms in private (non-student) homes usually include utilities.
Mediation is a process in which people who have a dispute can meet with the support of trained mediators. Parties can communicate openly and create ways to resolve conflicts. When mediation is appropriate:
- conflict with apartment-mates
- neighbor-to-neighbor problems
- landlord/tenant issues
All mediation services are confidential, impartial, informal, and free. Please contact us to schedule a mediation consultation. Also, please see our Mediation Brochure for more information.
Seek advice and find information to answer a variety of complex housing questions. The Rental Advice & Information online center aims to help with resolving roommate conflicts and issues with property providers.
Twice a year, in Winter and Spring, University & Community Housing Services hosts workshops in the residence halls to inform students about renting in the community. All students are welcome.