The International Support Program assists students with their housing search. Some students prefer to live with families (home stay) while others choose to live independently in student residences, apartments or houses.

Disclaimer: SBCC is not responsible for placing students Please be aware that SBCC does not assume or accept any responsibility for inspecting, supervising, or resolving any issues that may arise in the landlord-tenant relationship. The inclusion of any apartment or agency on this list does not represent an endorsement of services or facilities, nor does it guarantee vacancies exist.

For general housing questions, please contact our housing coordinator, Michael Ayres, at or at (805)892-3767.

Student with home family

Home Stay - The Coral Group

The Coral Group provides home-stay services. Staying with a family can be very beneficial since it provides students with an opportunity to connect with American families from Santa Barbara. Students will benefit from the host family's knowledge of the U.S. and Santa Barbara to be better able to navigate the city of Santa Barbara or its surroundings.

Mia Benavides Willson at the Coral Group at or at 805.637.1741 provides host family placement services should you be interested in a host family experience.

Students living together happily

Student Residences & Apartments

Living in a student residence or apartment can be a great experience and allow you to meet other students going to Santa Barbara City College. There are several student residence buildings and apartments in close proximity to the school, while others are further away and require you to take the local bus to get to and from campus. All SBCC students are provided with a bus pass, which allows them to use the public bus system free of charge for the duration of the semester.

In addition to the housing options listed below, the SBCC Housing website also provides housing options, roommate searches, neighborhood maps, and more.

The Landing
The Landing provides much more than just room and board for students, we provide extra support, safety and connectivity with the community. We help students to balance healthy living with their academic studies. Our residence is drug an alcohol free, and is very secure, with exterior surveillance and a residence check-in program, which parents find very appealing. The home is newly remodeled, fully furnished, has state of the art technology and the kitchen is kept fully stocked with healthy food!

Tropicana Gardens Student Housing
Visit their website for a virtual tour, suite layouts, and pricing:
Contact Laura Versola at Tel:(805) 968-4319

Villa Ortega / La Brezza
Furnished, three-bedroom apartments, $695-$795, and $995 per student to share: 1, 2, 3 persons per room. Food not included.
Contact Charlotte or Kevin Hansen:

The Coral Group
Independent housing options include apartments, cottages, condos, and shared housing. Home-stays may also be availalbe.

415 West
415 West consists of room and shared room rentals in three luxury condominiums just two blocks from SBCC. Located in a residential complex that is mostly families and working professionals, it is a place where you can study and not be distracted by a noisy and uncontrolled student dorm environment. International students are welcomed! Each condo has three bedrooms and two bathrooms; one is a large shared bedroom (for two students) and the other two are single rooms. Only four students share each condo, which are fully furnished and have fully equipped kitchens with Keurig, crock pot, rice cooker, toaster, oven, fridge and an extra freezer. Washer and dryer is inside the unit and common supplies are furnished each semester. There is no smoking, no medical marijuana cards and no parties allowed. Contact John Hasbrouck at 805-432-2220 /

The Sweeps Apartments
Townhomes and apartments on the outskirts of Isla Vista near the beach and bus stops

Buena Vista Apartments
Unfurnished, close to SBCC - 1bdroom/ 1bth (Share two people) $1795.00; 2 Bd/1bath, (Share three/four people) $2195.00,

ABC Apartments
Located at 6721 El Colegio Road, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Call (805) 968-7132

The Orchid House
Located at 420 West Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Meridian Group
Rooms, Apartments, Houses available

Capri Apartments
Furnished apartments with cable and WiFi.

ICON & ICON Gardens
Student residence buildings located in Isla Vista less than 2 blocks from the beach. Fully furnished, study lounges, gym, secure entrances, 24 hour on-call personnel, cable, WiFi and trash.

Ventura Investment Co. Student Housing
Multiple locations near SBCC. Furnished & unfurnished apartments with WiFi.
Contact Emma Mosher at or (805) 484-0477

Santa Barbara Rooms
Furnished student housing near city center.

Short-Term Housing Options

Short-Term Housing Options

The Wayfarer is a hostel in close proximity to the College, which provides short-term housing. Tel: 805-845-1000. Website:
Address: 12 E Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

IHSP Youth Hostel: 111 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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Michael Ayres, Housing Coordinator

Need Help With Housing?

Welcome to Santa Barbara City College. I am your Housing and Activities Coordinator for the International Student Support Programs at SBCC. I am happy to be part of SBCC's International Programs. I have lived for many years abroad and continue to be involved with the international community of Santa Barbara. My travels have helped in understanding the particular needs of our international students.

It is my goal to provide you with the best housing information available to ease your transition into life in Santa Barbara. Welcome to SBCC!

For general housing questions, please contact our Housing Coordinator, Mr. Michael Ayres, at or at 805.892.3767.

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Housing Tips

1. It's never too early to begin your housing search. Start by familiarizing yourself with your housing options and prices.

2. Carefully read your lease before you sign and make sure you understand the terms of your lease.

3. Beware of scams. Craigslist has some useful tips on this.

4. Most housing options require a deposit, plus the first and last months’ rent. Most leases are 12 month leases. A lease is a contract. If you sign a 12 month lease, be prepared to pay your rent for the duration of your lease.

5. Many international students do not have typical documentation to apply for housing (U.S. credit reports, social security numbers, in-state co-signers). Some landlords will consider other types of information for rental applications. Verification of a local bank account, verification of you or your sponsor's ability to pay for deposit and rent...home country bank account statements, sponsor's income, etc. can be helpful.

6. Most landlords and apartment managers require a U.S. social security number. If this is the case, explain to the landlord that international students are not eligible for a U.S. social security number and ask if they will make an exception for you.

7. Apartments can be furnished or unfurnished, but unfurnished apartments are more common. Renting an unfurnished apartment means you will have to buy furniture (sofa, bed, TV), kitchen items to prepare meals (pans, pots, forks, plates, etc) linens (bed sheets,towels) and all cleaning supplies. Some apartments include all utilities (electricity, internet, cable, trash, water). If the apartment or house you rent does not include utilities, you and your roommates will have to decide who will apply to start each utility with the billing in their name.

8. If you have questions about your housing rights, or if you have a problem with your landlord that is not easily resolved, check out the City of Santa Barbara Rental Housing Mediation Task Force.