SBCC international housing options

Housing Options

  • The International Office assists students with their housing search by providing a list of popular options. 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.

  • Check out descriptions and maps of Santa Barbara area neighborhoods here.

  • Housing in Santa Barbara has a low vacancy rate, so housing can be expensive. New international students may arrive early to look for housing (up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20).

    1. It's never too early to begin your housing search. Many students begin looking in April or May for fall semester, and November or December for spring semester.

    2. A lease is a legal contract to rent property. Carefully read your lease before you sign and make sure you understand the terms of your lease. Here are some useful resources.

    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. 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.

Housing Options

  • The Coral Group provides homestay options to international students studying at SBCC and UCSB. They accept students who are 17+ years of age, and organize social events and volunteer opportunities for the students.
    Website: or find them on Facebook.
    Email: Kevin Hansen at or Charlotte at

  • There are several student residence buildings and apartments close to SBCC, and others near bus lines in Goleta and Isla Vista. 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. Be sure to ask if the apartments or rooms are furnished or unfurnished. Many student-centered apartments are furnished.

    SBCC Housing List  

    Find apartments, rooms for rent, students seeking roommates, maps and neighborhood descriptions, bus lines, tips, and more!

    Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall 
    Private student dorms with meal plan options in Isla Vista, near UCSB.

    La Brezza Apartments
    Apartments located near SBCC.
    Contact: Kevin Hansen                                       

    The Coral Group 
    Apartments, cottages, and condos, plus lots of extra services, support, and social events.
    Contact: Kevin Hansen

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

    Buena Vista Apartments 
    Apartments located near SBCC.

    Meridian Group 
    Property management company offering rooms, apartments, and houses for rent in Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, and Goleta.

    Capri Apartments 
    Student housing in apartments in Isla Vista near UCSB.

    ICON and ICON Gardens 
    Student residence buildings located in Isla Vista less than 2 blocks from the beach. 

    Ivy Apartment Homes 
    Multiple locations in the Santa Barbara area.

    Santa Barbara Rooms 
    Furnished student housing near city center.

    Bartlein and Company, Inc. 
    Furnished student housing near city center.

  • The Wayfarer Private and hostel rooms

    Airbnb: Book homes from local hosts