San Rafael


San Rafael Residence Hall is near Manzanita Village and the Isla Vista community. It is home to 600 undergraduate students, and offers varied living accommodations in the seven story tower and three story cluster buildings. Single and double rooms, as well as double rooms in suite accommodations for four, six or eight students of the same sex are available. Some of the suites have balconies & patios. Manzanita and San Rafael share a Faculty-in-Residence who advises residents, and provides opportunities for residents to meet other faculty members. 

  • Located at Main Campus West
  • Comprised of a 7-story tower and two 3-story buildings (Mountain and Ocean Clusters)
  • The San Rafael tower has two elevators serving all seven floors. The 3-story San Rafael Ocean and Mountain Clusters are connected by stairs. There is no elevator access to the second or third floors in the Clusters.  
  • The co-ed design is approximately 50 students per floor with men and women housed in alternating suites on each floor.
  • Bathrooms and living rooms are located within each suite.
  • There are 36 4-person suites, 12 6-person suites, 24 8-person suites, 36 doubles, and 114 singles.
  • Multiple study lounges and kitchenettes offered throughout the halls
  • All inclusive 9-month contract includes a meal plan, high-speed wireless internet access, regular housekeeping, laundry rooms, and 24-hour on-call maintenance and emergency staff 
  • Rates for San Rafael suites are the same as other UCSB Residence Halls. The rate depends on the meal plan and room type, which will most likely be a double room within a 4-, 6- or 8-person suite
  • Loma Pelona Center, next to San Rafael, has a fitness center with exercise machines
  • Nearby De Anza Center has meeting rooms, classrooms, a kitchenette, RHA satellite office, ResNet center, and computer lab
  • Other amenities include the Carrillo pool, a courtyard in the center of the tower with outdoor patio furniture, a sand volleyball court, a classroom, and a TV room
  • For information about contracts, room assignments, billing, etc., please contact University & Community Housing Services.
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To inquire about gender inclusive housing options available for students that identify as trans* or non-binary, please contact Mario Muñoz, University & Community Housing Services, at

meal plan options
single room
double room
triple room
(small double)*
unlimited entries/week (Carte Blanche)
17 meals (Platinum)
14 meals (Gold)
10 meals (Silver)
7 meals** (Bronze)

*only Manzanita Village and San Miguel have a limited number of 'small doubles'

**7 meal plan option only for 2nd year students and higher

***There is also an activity fee for the Residential Housing Association which is $33/yr

UCSB residence hall triple rooms are considered temporary, whether or not a student requests one as their top preference. Our standard is a double room, so budget for a double. Students will receive a rate discount only for the time three students are booked in the room. If one (or both) of the roommates move out, the remaining student(s) will be billed the double room rate, prorated, from that date through the end of the contract period.