SBCC and Surrounding Community


Check out the list of popular off-campus housing options below.

You should start your housing search upon admission to SBCC and reserve your housing accommodations before your arrival. If you cannot find housing in the SB area before you arrive, please consider deferring your attendance and I-20 to the following term.

SBCC does not have on-campus housing or housing placement services. Read the disclaimers listed below. Good luck with your search!

Housing Options

The Coral Group provides homestay options to 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. or find them on Facebook or Instagram.
Charlotte at Apply: Homestay Application

Student Room Stay offers SBCC students homestays, off-campus dorms & other off-campus housing options. The homestay matching process can take up to 30 days. They may be able to expedite the matching process upon request for an additional fee. Check out their homestay app!

Cogito World Education is based in Boston but provides homestay options in the Santa Barbara area. 
Sylvia Rozwadowska-Shah at or whatsapp at +1 617 301 1237

David Koris Local property manager. Text 805-403-8621. He also posts available rooms on Craigslist.

4Stay Room rental, roommate finder, off-campus housing, homestay. 

International Housing Placement Service IHPS provides homestay housing for international students in the U.S.

The Coral Group provides homestay options to 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.
or find them on Facebook or Instagram.  Apply: Housing Application
Kevin Hansen at; Charlotte Hanson at 

Student Room Stay offers homestays, off-campus dorms & more. Check out their app which has information about their dorms, apartments, homestays, events and more: SRS App or visit

Buena Vista Apartments 
Apartments located near SBCC.

Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall 
Private student dorms with meal plan options in Isla Vista, near UCSB. 30-45 minute bus ride to SBCC.

La Brezza Apartments
Apartments located near SBCC.
Kevin Hansen at

4Stay Room rental, roommate finder, off-campus housing, homestay.

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.

Social Media Housing pages
Disclaimer: SBCC does not operate, manage, or officially endorse the social media housing pages listed below. "SBCC" is used in the titles in order to draw the attention of SBCC students in the Santa Barbara area, but these are not SBCC-run social media pages. 
Facebook Groups: SBCC Housing and SBCC Student Housing

Instagram: "Sbcc25" - click on "Housing"

SBCC Housing List SBCC students and other community members can post available apartments, rooms for rent, students seeking roommates,  and sublets here. Posts are screened for a valid phone number & address. 

Santa Barbara Beach Hostel is located next to the Santa Barbara train station and an easy 1-mile walk to SBCC.

Student Room Stay offers short-term housing for summer. During the semesters, you can also check with them to see if they have a space open up that needs to be filled. 

Check out neighborhood maps, descriptions & more here: Neighborhoods

Transportation options from Goleta, Isla Vista, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria include bus (45 minutes or more) or car. Transportation Information

International student, Miriam, talks about her housing experiences and shares tips with you in this video

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

1. It's never too early to begin your housing search. Start your search several months in advance! Many housing options fill by June.

2. Consider what type of housing is right for youThere are several options available, including homestays, student-centered & dorm style living with meal plans, shared apartments, or a house with roommates.

3. Think about what location and transportation options are best for you. Walking and biking distance to campus, bus access to campus, near the beaches or downtown, convenient access to campus or shopping, a quiet family atmosphere or locations where there are high concentrations of college students. Check out Which neighborhood is best for me? to view descriptions and maps of the various neighborhoods in the Santa Barbara area.

4. Plan your budget. Housing in Santa Barbara is expensive. The estimated International Student Budget provides a realistic amount you should expect to pay for rent, utilities, food, and other personal expenses. This Budget Worksheet can help you determine what you can afford.

5. 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. Most housing options require a deposit and the first and last months' rent.

Monthly Budget Worksheet

Utilities Addendum

Roommate Questionnaire

Roommate Contract

Rental Housing Mediation Task Force can assist you with questions about your housing rights, or if you have a problem with your landlord that is not easily resolved. is the world’s leading marketplace for international student housing, helping students find their perfect home abroad.

  • SBCC is not responsible for placing students and does not assume or accept any responsibility for inspecting, supervising, or resolving any issues that may arise in the landlord-tenant relationship. Read more about our disclaimer.

  • SBCC strongly recommends for students under the age of 18 to live with a local host family under the supervision of a responsible adult who is at least 25 years of age until the underage student turns 18. Parents of underage students are solely responsible for making housing decisions and arrangements and ensuring their student's personal safety. SBCC does not assume any responsibility for providing housing assistance and cannot intervene on behalf of students or parents in case of housing disputes. Furthermore, SBCC does not assume any responsibility or liability for the minor student's personal conduct.