About UCSB & Santa Barbara

Aerial Santa Barbara Photo

Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is located about 2 hours north of Los Angeles and about 5 hours south of San Francisco. The area offers a beautiful coastal setting, nestled between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara's lively downtown, art and culture, festivals, and nightlife are popular amongst both local residents and visitors. UCSB students have access to all of this as well as countless opportunites on and off-campus for hiking, exploring beautiful local beaches and parks, wine tasting, surfing, kayaking, shopping, theater and concerts, various family-friendly activities, and much more.



In the Surrounding Area