What are the housing options on/off campus?

UCSB Community Housing Office (CHO) offers international UCSB Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) students assistance with off-campus, nonuniversity rental housing in Isla Vista, Goleta, and Santa Barbara. CHO provides rental listings, rental advice, and roommate services. It also provides a videotaping service (for a small fee) to film rentals before you move in and after you move out (to document the condition of the unit) to get back your security deposit.

To start searching for housing and gaining access to services, you must first register with the UCSB Community Housing Office (CHO). Once you are registered, go to the Community Housing Office Rental Listings page and then click on the blue button that says, "Click to Start Searching." From there, you will choose the UCSB PaCE Student Login and put in your credentials.

When searching for housing in the Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, and Goleta areas, remember the following:

  • Make sure to contact CHO before you rent housing (sign or take over a lease).
  • Start your housing search early.
  • Note that it is difficult to find housing at the beginning of the quarter. Our local area is experiencing a tight housing market.

Community Housing Office Contact Information

The UCSB Community Housing Office can be contacted at the following:

Phone: (805) 893-4371


In person: UCSB University Center (UCen), Room 3151.
Hours: M–F 8 a.m.–12 p.m.; 1–5 p.m.

For the basics of renting in the Santa Barbara area, also see the UCSB's Rental Success Guide.

Cost of Housing

For information on the cost of housing in Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, and Goleta, see the UCSB Community Housing Office and scroll to bottom of page for cost of living.

Information on Renting in Isla Vista

Most housing in Isla Vista is unfurnished, has shared bedrooms, and requires one-year leases. Often, two-quarter sublets are available. The community of Isla Vista is within walking or biking distance to campus.

Information on Renting in Goleta and Santa Barbara

There are many listings for "rooms in private homes" (nonstudent households), and some are listings for rooms in student households in Goleta and Santa Barbara. Rooms are often private (not shared) and furnished. The cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara are within biking or bus distance to campus.

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