UCSB provides campus housing for both single graduate students and students with partners and children.
San Clemente Villages
The Graduate Apartments in San Clemente Villages provide 150 2-bedroom, 1-bath and 166 4-bedroom, 2-bath apartments for full-time UCSB students (primarily graduate students). All apartments have private bedrooms and are fully furnished. New graduate students are guaranteed housing if they apply by May 15 and can be guaranteed housing for two years if they meet all deadlines. Confirmation is available by mid-June and apartment and roommate assignments are usually available by mid-August.
Graduate students can choose from three different contract terms:
- 9 month academic year contract
- 10 month contract (Sep 1–Jun 30)
- 11.5 month contract (Sep 1–Aug 15)
- 2 week contracts between August 15 – September 1 are granted for returners
You may request specific roommates during the application process or up until assignments are made in August. Students who renew their contracts for a second (or more) years will be locked in to this rate for the duration. Gender inclusive housing options are available for students that are transgender, transsexual, intersex, and other diverse gender identities and expressions.
All apartments are furnished, include on-site laundry facilities, study lounges, and community meeting space. Rates include gas, electricity, water, garbage pick-up, cable for television, wired and wireless internet access, and parking. See the Housing Office website for rates and more information.
Family Student Housing
Students coming to UCSB with family (defined as a spouse, domestic partner, child(ren), or other approved family member) can apply to live in Family Student Housing. There are two housing complexes (West Campus and Storke), each about a mile from campus, with one- and two-bedroom units.
Housing is not guaranteed. You can apply any time, even before acceptance into the university. Applications are processed in order by the date on the application. Priority is given to families with children: families with children can expect to wait 9 months or less, while families without children may wait 12 to 18 months. Once accepted, students may live in residence for two years (Master’s) or six years (Ph.D.).
See the Housing Office website for rates and more information about the apartments.
Some Family Student Housing Pros/Cons from Current Residents of both Storke and West Campus
- Cheaper than comparable units in Santa Barbara
- Has a community feel (residents often get to know their neighbors, resident coordinators provide socials throughout the year for those with and without kids, people commonly socialize in shared lawn spaces)
- Lots of children live here so kids generally seem to enjoy growing up here (there are playgrounds on-site and kid-friendly activities planned throughout the year)
- Close proximity to campus (15-30 min walk, 5-10 min bike ride, and relatively close bus stops)
- Community garden and compost areas at both family housing complexes
- Maintenance is great (very quick to respond, friendly, and helpful)
- Community centers can be rented by residents for free
- Utilities and internet are included with your rent (except for some utilities in Storke 2)
- Close distance to grocery stores and shopping centers
- Older apartments so there is some wear and tear and a dated appearance (both inside and out)
- Some units don’t have carpet
- No washer/dryer or dishwashers in units (there are laundry rooms on site though)
- Can be a long waiting list to get in (sign up on the waiting list as soon as you can, even as a prospective student)
- Cats and dogs not allowed (unless approved as service animal)
- Space can be limiting depending on the size of the family moving in (no kids vs. a family with children)
Deciding Between Storke I, Storke II, or West Campus? Some Factors to Consider:
- West Campus is the cheapest option and gives you a choice of 1 or 2 bedrooms. From the outside, West Campus does not look as nice as the Storke apartments, but on the inside they are comparable. West Campus is farther from campus than Storke (by a few blocks).
- Storke I: Most Storke I apartments are centered around large shared lawn space. If you like to use your backyard, opt for a 1 story flat or 2 story that is on the base floor. The flats have slightly more space since they do not have to make room for stairs. The second/third floor units (while not having direct access to the yard) do have a balcony patio. Storke I is cheaper than Storke II, but more expensive than West Campus.
- Storke II: Storke II apartments are the largest and most expensive. You can get a top-floor or bottom floor unit but all units are 1 floor inside. They offer centralized heat (instead of wall units as seen in Storke I) and the kitchen has a more open layout. Opt for a top floor apartment if you are looking for lofted ceilings and additional storage space. Opt for a bottom floor apartment if it’s more important for you to have an outdoor patio space. Storke II residents must also pay their own electricity and gas (whereas in Storke or West Campus, this is included in your base rent).
Check out the Family Student Housing Facebook page for events and to connect with other residents.