Students with Families

Family Student Housing provides a limited number of one- and two-bedroom single-family units for full-time UCSB students. Storke and West Campus apartments are rented on a month-to-month basis and are both approximately one mile from the main campus. Families with children are given priority. Non-traditional and extended families are welcome. If you are interested in privately-owned accommodations in the community, be sure to contact Community Housing Services in advance of securing a place to stay.

  • Full-time registered UCSB students with families 
  • If you are not yet a student, you can apply and your application will be added to a wait list (according to your application date) once you are accepted to UCSB. This is highly encouraged due to estimated wait time. 
  • Priority is given to families with children, then married couples; otherwise, vacancies are filled in order by the date of application and desired move-in date. 
  • A "family" is defined as an established, long-term relationship with an exclusive mutual commitment in which members share the necessities of life and on-going responsibility for their common welfare. Eligible family members include:
  • Students must reside with at least one eligible family member on a permanent full-time basis in Family Student Housing. Documentation of eligibility is required. Although not required, an interview may be conducted to further determine your family eligibility.

Roomers and/or boarders are not allowed to share apartments with approved tenants.

The online application and can be completed anytime, including prior to admittance to UCSB. If you are applying to Family Student Housing for the first time, complete all required fields (marked with a red "*").

  • If you are a student when you apply, your application will go directly to a wait list.
  • If you are not yet a student, your application will be added to a wait list (according to your application date) once you are accepted to UCSB.
  • There is no deadline - the online application process is open throughout the year and you can apply before you are accepted to UCSB.
  • Update at the beginning of every quarter (you will receive email reminders). If you do not update your application, it will become inactive.
  • Contracts are not offered to people with inactive applications.
  • Update your contact information, especially email addresses and telephone numbers, so that we can reach you when we are able to offer you a contract.
  • Families with children: the average wait is three to six months or less, based on availability 
  • Families without children: the average wait is six to twelve months, based on availability 
  • Future renovation projects may extend the estimated waiting periods

The University of California strongly recommends renters insurance for all students. Renters insurance provides valuable protection if your personal belongings are stolen or damaged, including laptop computers, smartphones, bicycles, game consoles, textbooks, clothing, and other personal items. If your laptop or other valuables are stolen or damaged, you are responsible for replacing them - not the school. Renter’s insurance may also protect you financially for unintentional damage to the apartment and/ or bodily injury for which you are liable. The GradGuard insurance policy was designed for University of California students. Alternatively, you can check with your private homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy about coverage. If you don't have your housing assignment when you sign up, please use the following address:

University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93107

If you have questions about the online application process, please contact University & Community Housing Services at 805-893-4371 between 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, or email your questions to housinginfo@housing.ucsb.edu. Please visit our Rates page for apartment fees, and our Billing page for help navigating the payment process. 

 


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 mmunoz@housing.ucsb.edu.