Attendee Information

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful oceanside campus. We strive to make our summer conference program among the best through comfortable accommodations, exceptional dining, and outstanding customer service. Your UC Santa Barbara experience brings a variety of choices — all of which invite you to end your day with a restful night’s sleep in a perfect place to stay, and in that sought-after Santa Barbara state of mind.

Quick Facts

No smoking

Smoke-free and tobacco-free campus

WiFi

WiFi available

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Discover what Santa Barbara has to offer

Washing machine

Laundry available

Front desk with 24/7

24/7 Summer Front Desk Numbers
Manzanita 805-893-6161
Santa Catalina 805-893-7202
Santa Rosa 805-893-2772

Sun

The weather is usually quite pleasant and mild. Summer days are warm (75°F / 24°C) and nights are cool (55°F - 60°F / 12°C - 16°C) with occasional fog or overcast skies. A sweater or coat is typically required in the evenings.

FAQs

Lodging     Transportation & Parking     Dining & Meals     ​​​​​​​Campus Attractions     ​​​​​​​Safety & Security     ​​​​​​​Campus Accessibility

 

Lodging

San Joaquin Village exterior with bike riders.

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Shower shoes
Reading light
Toiletries

Our Lodging pages have you covered.

Look up your specific property for a detailed description of furnishings.

Bedrooms are not equipped with air conditioning. During the summer nights tend to be cool (55°F - 60°F / 12°C - 16°C).

Some common areas and meeting rooms in our lodging properties offer air conditioning.

For details specific to your group, please inquire with your program organizer.

You do not need to bring anything specific to check-in. For after-hours check-ins, please call the number on the door of your assigned front desk for assistance. 
 
At check-in, you will receive:

  • Your room key and key tag 
  • Information to access WiFi 
  • A parking permit, if needed 

Yes, we have 24/7 front desks.

The front desk in your specific property might close, but we have a 24/7 front desk assigned to you to help with any after-hour requests. These lines are active in summer only.

Manzanita 805-893-6161
Santa Catalina 805-893-7202
Santa Rosa 805-893-2772

Yes, all our lodging properties have WiFi. You will receive instructions during check-in.

UCSB Information Technology offers campus-wide WiFi instructions.

Yes, all our properties have laundry machines and are operated by credit card.

Packages are not accepted at the front desks. Mail will be accepted on behalf of a conference guest in special circumstances only. Please contact the conference office at 805-893-3072 for details.

Transportation & Parking

UCSB is easily accessible from US-101. Note you can get basic directions by entering just the zip code of “93106”

Visit our map for directions to your specific property.

Please read our parking information thoroughly.

Guests staying in our lodging will receive a complimentary permit at check in for the duration of their stay. Please contact your program organizer for a temporary 60-minute parking permit which can you use to check in and unload upon arrival.

To park on campus, you must have a permit seven days per week. Summer parking rates for visitors and conference participants staying off-campus will be $8 (for each entire weekday), or $4 (for each weekday evening only or for each weekend day).

Please park only in the lot(s) designated on your permit. Guests are responsible for following parking rules and for any penalties.

Attendees from other UC campuses please visit our Visitor - UC Reciprocity site.

Yes, Santa Barbara has its own airport which is conveniently located 2 miles from UCSB.

We offer a complimentary shuttle service upon your arrival. Contact your program organizer for details.

To get from LAX to UCSB, you can take the Santa Barbara Airbus to the Goleta stop, 3.5 miles from UCSB.

We offer a complimentary shuttle service upon your arrival. Contact your program organizer for details.

Yes, the nearest train station is the Goleta Amtrak station (GTA), 3 miles from UCSB.

We do not provide shuttle service to/from the Amtrak stations; you will need to call a ride-sharing service or taxi.

A complimentary shuttle service is provided for guests staying in University housing from the Santa Barbara Airport or the Goleta stop of the Santa Barbara Airbus.

Shuttle hours: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Shuttles are not pre-scheduled, please call the front desk for your lodging property upon arrival at the airport or bus station. These numbers are active in summer only.

Manzanita 805-893-6161
Santa Catalina 805-893-7202
Santa Rosa 805-893-2772
Santa Ynez 805-893-2626
Sierra Madre 805-893-8001

We do not provide shuttle service to/from the Amtrak stations; you will need to take a rideshare service or taxi.

NOTE: For safety reasons, and in accordance with California’s Child Passenger Safety Law, we cannot provide shuttle services for families with children who are not at least 8 years old or at least 4’9” unless the family provides its own car/booster seat. If you do not have your own car/booster seat, you will need to take a rideshare service or taxi.

Explore Santa Barbara on an MTD bus! Visit the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) website.

The UCSB Express (24x) runs frequently from the Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta to UCSB and then to the Transit Center in downtown Santa Barbara.

Yes, UCSB is a bike-friendly campus.

There are bike shops in Isla Vista if you are interested in renting a bicycle.

Please make sure to secure your bicycle to the designated outdoor bicycle racks when not in use. 

We strongly recommended that participants from outside the US exchange their currency into US dollars at the airport of entry (the nearest currency exchange is 9mi / 15km from campus). 

Student staff posing infront of a UCSB van.

Dining & Meals

Cereal bar at Portola dining commons

Please check with your program organizer for details.

Meal hours and locations will be provided to you at check-in.  You may also ask our desk staff for further information.

Our nationally-awarded food service includes:

  • Assorted hot foods cooked to order 
  • Vegetarian, vegan, and low-fat selections are available at every meal 
  • Extensive salad and condiment bar including fresh fruit  
  • Fresh baked goods prepared on-site daily 

Your meals will be taken at one of our three dining commons:

Yes, any summer conference visitor to UCSB can eat at our dining commons. You can pay by credit card (no cash) at the door.

If meals are included in your stay you will receive instructions at check in.

Multiple dining options are available throughout campus for conferees who do not have meals included in their package plans. Learn more

Campus Attractions & Resources

The UCSB Recreation Center is located on the north side of campus and is open to the public with the purchase of a day pass.

Yes, the UCSB Library is open to the public and welcomes the community and visitors.

Yes, the University Center (UCen) is a central campus hub with a food court, the UCSB Campus Store, printing and postal services, conference meeting rooms, study lounges, and ATMs.

Yes, contact the UCSB Visitor Center to make your reservation.

Storke Tower

Safety & Security

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Call 911 for emergencies 24 hours a day.
The non-emergency campus Dispatch number is 805-893-3446.

UCSB has its own police department with the same police authority and responsibilities as any other police department in the state.

The non-emergency campus Dispatch number is 805-893-3446.

UCSB has its own police department with the same police authority and responsibilities as any other police department in the state. In addition, the Community Service Organization (CSO) consists of a group of students who work with the Campus Police Department to serve the safety and security needs of the campus community.

Yes, the UCSB Alert system is intended to enhance and promote safety on campus by providing community members and visitors with timely access to important information.

Visitors who would like to receive temporary access to UCSB Alerts can subscribe to our NIXLE channel by texting UCSBAlert to 888777. (Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency varies.)
Temporary subscriptions to UCSBAlert expire at 9:00 AM the following day, but can also be canceled by replying STOP at any time. Visitors must renew subscriptions to continue receiving alerts after they expire.

For alerts and information about incidents that occur outside of Clery geography (e.g., Isla Vista, Goleta, Santa Barbara) you may sign up for Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency alerts in Goleta or Santa Barbara. For additional information on the UCSB Alert system please visit the UC Santa Barbara Police Department website.

Yes, UCSB is known as a typically safe campus, however, theft can occur without the proper precautions.

The University will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please secure your room and vehicle at all times.

Campus Accessibility

We fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Call 805-893-3072  prior to your arrival.

The UCSB campus offers excellent physical accessibility. The lay of the land is flat and free from environmental barriers and most physical structures are accessible. There is ample, clearly visible signage that delineates key access points around campus.

Currently, the University does not offer wheelchair or transportation services.

Besides specifically allocated spaces, Disabled Person Parking Placard holders may park in any lot or space designated for visitors, students, faculty, or staff.

All vehicles parked on campus must display a valid campus permit, and a Disabled Person Parking Placard or License Plate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles is not a substitute for a campus permit. Vehicles with a Disabled Person Parking Placard or License Plate can park in any ADA spot on campus.

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