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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 805.637.1741 provides host family placement services should you be interested in a host family experience.
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 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! www.thelandingsantabarbara.com
Tropicana Gardens Student Housing
Visit their website for a virtual tour, suite layouts, and pricing: www.tropicanagardens.com
Contact Laura Versola at email@example.com 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: http://www.studentresidenceservice.com
Student Residence Hightower
11 Rooms: Double, and Single from $445-$620 per month. Walk to SBCC, downtown and the beach. Food not included. DSL, full kitchen.
Contact Carl Hightower at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 805-965-5687
The Coral Group
Independent housing options include apartments, cottages, condos, and shared housing. Home-stays may also be availalbe.
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,
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
Rooms, Apartments, Houses available
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 email@example.com or (805) 484-0477
Santa Barbara Rooms
Furnished student housing near city center.
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: www.wayfareresb.com. Address: 12 E Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
IHSP Youth Hostel: 111 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 805.892.3767.
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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.