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Move-In 2023

Isla Vista Move-In 2023


During move out in June of 2023, our partners, Earthcomb,  picked up over 37,000 pounds of trash off the streets of Isla Vista! Every year Isla Vista generates about 1 million pounds of waste during move out. We can work together to reduce the amount of waste we create throughout the year. IVCSD aims to provide you with sustainable tips and practices to help improve our community’s approach to waste. 


1.  Move-In Market

During move out, our team saved many unwanted items such as couches, tables, desks, chairs, minifridges, and more with the intention of selling them back into the community. On September 17th and 18th, we opened up all of these affordable, secondhand items for you to purchase. Instead of ordering online or going to Target, we encourage you to come shop locally sourced pieces. By giving secondhand items a new life, you help us reduce waste around move out time! 

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2.  Move-In Magazine 

We know moving in can be a stressful and overwhelming time, so we aim to provide you with as many resources as possible to help ease your transition. We’ve created a Move In Magazine to show you how you can make sustainable choices when moving into your home and how we can support you along the way. 


Feel free to download this pdf of our magazine and share with your friends. 

The Isla Vista Resident's Guide.pdf


3.  Move-In Community

It’s important to remember that during move-in - you are not alone! Many students move in at the same time right before school starts, so your community understands how you feel. Connect with us: tag us on instagram @islavistacsd to share sustainability practices working in your routine! When you share what works for you, you help spread the word about resilient changes we can make in our community as a team. 

4.  Sustainable Support - All year long! 

We understand that sustainable practices don’t just stop after move-in, so we are committed to helping you reduce your waste all year long. IVB offers an unwanted item pick up all year long! You can have your unwanted items picked up right at your doorstep by clicking here.

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Have you ever wondered, “what bin does this go in?” Us too, so we’ve made some graphics to help simplify your waste disposal process. Download the pdf below to print and stick to your trash cans!  

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Download the See Click Fix app Through this app, you can send us photos of


broken glass


broken or dull street lights

and more!

Our beautification team will respond to this issue ASAP. This is the best way to communicate with us! We rely on support from YOU to help us keep our streets in Isla Vista beautiful and clean!


Organic food waste is one of the largest contributors to waste in our landfills. The Isla Vista Compost Collective is working to reduce this waste by closing the loop from scraps to soil together as a community. Drop off your food scraps at one of IVCC’s drop off locations OR sign up to have your food scraps picked up by one of our dirtriders. Our compost is then used to enrich our local soil health! Our program promotes a closed loop where your organic waste is composted to create healthy soil for new food to grow!

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5.  Housing Resources

For a list of leasing companies in Isla Vista click here.  

Other resources include Facebook groups that feature open housing listings posted by current residents (Note: Private groups require approval by an administrator or an invitation from a current member):

6.  Food Resources

Food Distribution ~ Check out our Community Calendar with a full list of food distribution sites. 

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is distributing free groceries at the locations listed here.

Food Distribution in Isla Vista/Goleta:

A.S. Food Bank (UCSB Only) - Provides fresh, free, and nutritious food as well as toiletries to the Gaucho community. Prior to visiting, please register here.

Located outside the Ortega side of the UCen, facing the lagoon

Mondays through Thursdays: 9:30am-6:00pm, Fridays: 9:30am-4:00pm

Food Not Bombs (VGN) - An all-vegan meal made with ingredients donated from the local farmers' market. Sundays and Wednesdays at Little Acorn Park from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Goleta Valley Community Center (Drive-thru) - The Goleta Valley Community Center, in conjunction with the FoodBank of Santa Barbara Country, offers a free food distribution at the Community Center near the west parking lot on the 4th Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. 

Good Shepherd Pantry (Drive-thru) - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in conjunction with the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County, distributes fresh fruits and vegetables as well as canned goods and other non-perishable items to those in need. Food is given out on a first-come/first-served basis. Located at 380 N Fairview Ave, Goleta on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9:00am-10:00am.

IVYP Food Distribution (By Appointment Only) - Monthly food distribution site. To schedule an appointment call Ana Maya at 805-869-3303. Located at 6842 Phelps Rd, Goleta on the 3rd Wednesday of every month 11:30am-5:30pm.

Miramar Food Pantry (UCSB Only) - The pantry provides access to free food available to all qualified UC Santa Barbara students. Located at the Sierra Madre Villages Court behind the administrative office.Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 4:00pm-7:00pm

Food Distribution in Santa Barbara

SBCC Basic Needs Center - The mission of the SBCC Basic Needs Center is to eliminate food insecurity and support students with financial hardship by providing students and community members with access to no-cost, quality food, clothing, toiletries, and other supplies.

Located in ECC-14 (across from The Well)

Fall 2021 Hours: Tuesdays 1:00pm-6:00pm / Wednesdays 10:00am-4:00pm / Thursdays 10:00am-4:00pm


CalFresh provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities. To learn more about your eligibility or apply, click here.

UCSB students can visit a Food Security and CalFresh advocate Monday through Friday at the UCSB Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center at the UCen to learn more or get help with the application. To view the updated office hours or set up a virtual chat with an advocate, click here

7.  Community Health & Wellness 

Click here for our list of community health and wellness resources including mental health resources and interpersonal violence reporting. 

8.  Furniture

Local Thrift Shops

Alpha Thrift Store (Goleta)

5624 Hollister Ave, Goleta

Phone: 805-964-1123

Alpha Thrift Store (Santa Barbara)

700 N. Milpas St, Santa Barbara

Phone: 805-964-1123

Destined for Grace

Location #1: 5960 Hollister Ave, Goleta

Location #2: 5949 Hollister Ave, Goleta

Phone: 805-619-0649

Goodwill Industries

302 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara

Phone: 805-899-3807

Thrifty Shopper @ Catholic Charities

609 E. Haley St, Santa Barbara

Phone: 805-966-9659

Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store

222 Ventura Ave, Ventura

Phone: 805-667-8855

Coalition Thrift Store

270 E. Main St, Ventura

Phone: 805-643-4411

Local Facebook Groups with Furniture Listings

9.  Utility Companies and Contact Information

Water - Goleta Water District

Phone: 805-964-6761


Contact Form

Gas - So Cal Gas Company

Phone: 1-877-238-0092 (available 24/7 for Residential Customers)

Electricity - Southern California Edison (SCE)

Phone: 800-655-4555

Cable and Internet - Cox Communications

Phone: 805-683-6651

Store: 3303 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Trash - Marborg Industries

Phone: 805-963-1852

10.  Housing Mediation

IVCSD Rental Housing Mediation Program

  • The Isla Vista Community Services District provides impartial mediation service to the Isla Vista community to resolve housing issues/disputes fairly, safely, and economically. Mediation services are open to and can be initiated by both landlords and tenants. Our goal is to create a culture of mutual respect and understanding between all members of the community. Please email with any questions. 

UCSB Community Housing Services

  • The University & Community Housing Office (UCHO) 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. Some services that are available to students, faculty, staff, and property providers include off-campus rental listings, landlord/tenant, neighbor, and roommate dispute resolution, a mediation program, educational workshops, move-in and move-out videotaping, and advice and information about rental rights and responsibilities for both tenants and property providers.

Isla Vista Tenants Union

  • The A.S. Isla Vista Tenants Union (IVTU) strives to serve the needs of UCSB students living in Isla Vista. They educate tenants on their rights and responsibilities and act as a resource when problems arise. They reach out to property managers, the University, elected officials, local groups, and individuals in order to address pressing tenant issues. 

11.  Public Transportation 

Santa Barbara MTD 

A public transit organization serving southern Santa Barbara County, including Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria. To view maps & schedules, click here


Santa Barbara Station: 209 State Street, Santa Barbara. Pick up also at UCSB North Hall Bus Loop.

12.  Bike Safety


Isla Vista Bicycle Boutique 880 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista, Ca, 93117 805-968-3338

Varsity Bike Shop 6549 Pardall rd, Goleta, CA 93117 805-968-4914

UCSB A.S. Bike Shop Local student run non-profit bike repair shop Located in Parking lot 29 805-893-3610

Bici Centro Refurbished Bike Shop 434 Olive st, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101  805-617-3255 Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-5:30pm

Scooter Share

Bird and Lime are both available in Isla Vista. Scooters can be used anywhere in the streets of Isla Vista, but are not permitted on sidewalks, parks, UCSB property, and biking trails. Please put them on the side of the road and off the sidewalk as not to interfere with pedestrian traffic.

13.  Vehicle Use

Zip Car 

Parking in Isla Vista

Parking enforcement is handled by the Isla Vista Foot Patrol & California Highway Patrol

California Vehicle Code 22651(k) states, that a vehicle is only allowed to park in the same spot on a public street for up to 72 hours

Avoid blocking driveways or sidewalk access

Isla Vista Solar Public Parking Lot (Paid Parking) 881 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista, CA 93117

Parking at UCSB 

Parking at SBCC 

AAA Santa Barbara 3712 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105 805-682-5811 

14.  Important Phone Numbers

  • Police, Fire, and Rescue (Emergency) - 911
  • UCSB Campus Police - 805-893-3446
  • CARE: Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (24/7 Confidential Hotline) - 805-893-4613
  • STESA: Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (24/7 Crisis Hotline) - 805-564-3696
  • CSO: Community Service Organization - 805-893-2000
  • Fire Marshal - 805-893-7751

Poison Control Center - 800-222-1222