University Resources

University & Community Housing Services Office

The Community Housing Office is a One-stop Resource for Rental Housing Information and Dispute Resolution. 
Experienced Staff Members Can Help Answer Questions and Provide Guidance Regarding Rental Rights and Responsibilities. Services Include:

University Housing

UCSB Housing, Dining, and Auxiliary Enterprises provides housing and associated residential life services for UCSB's undergraduate student, graduate student, and faculty population.


1501 Residential Services
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Community Resources

Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative

The Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative (SBSHC) owns and operates five autonomous, interdependent properties in Isla Vista. Along with providing low-rent co-op housing for students regardless of gender, race, social, political, or religious affiliation, SBSHC also strives to engage in continuous educational programs that further the principles of cooperation through mutual self-help living.  

What is a Co-op?
Each housing co-op is a close-knit community with its own theme. Residents cook and clean for each other, organize their own social events, and generally make their own house rules. Since they provide food service and maintenance, housing costs are kept relatively low. The cooperative structure also provides a myriad of professional development opportunities for residents.

For more information about the houses and application process, please click here.

Affordable Housing Program

The City of Santa Barbara created the Housing Development and Preservation Program with the goal of fostering an inclusive community by facilitating rental housing for low-income households, and ownership housing that is affordable to primarily moderate-income households.

The intent of the Affordable Housing Program is to ensure the availability of affordable housing for all social and economic segments of the community. There are eligibility requirements and income limits set forth by the City, and they vary according to family size and other factors. The City does not own or manage rental properties. Visit their website for a list of owners/managers of affordable rental housing.

For more information on the Affordable Housing Program, visit the City of Santa Barbara's website.

Workforce Housing Program

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HASB)

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HASB) is an award winning local public agency that provides safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes. Some of these resources have eligibility requirements, so please see the details of each program.

HASB's Workforce Housing Program is aimed at helping the community's low to moderate income workforce who are often caught between rising rent levels and ineligibility for other assistance. This program hopes to make it possible for more people to be able to live where they work, in Santa Barbara. This approach not only benefits participants by lowering housing and transportation costs, it also benefits the entire community by minimizing the environmental impact of commuting. For eligibility requirements and more information, visit the Housing Authority's page on Workforce Housing.

For more information, visit the website of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.

Self Help Home Ownership Housing Program

Founded in 1970, the Duncan Group works tirelessly to advocate for affordable housing for low income populations by encouraging participants to empower themselves when investing their time in constructing a home in a multi-family community environment. Nearly over 1,200 families have been helped to build  and purchase their first time homes as the Duncan group teaches the necessary financial and construction skills. The labor requires families to commit to about 12-15 months to build a home alongside ten other families, a collective effort that creates a friendly neighborhood connection and pride.

For more information, visit the website of the Duncan Group.