Skip to main content

Move-In Resources 2021

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):

Food Resources

Food Distribution

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.

Little Acorn Park

Every Sunday 5:00pm-6:00pm

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.

5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta

Every 2nd Saturday of the month 8:30am-10:30am

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.

380 N Fairview Ave, Goleta

Every 1st Saturday of the month 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.

6842 Phelps Rd, Goleta

Every 3rd Wednesday of the 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, hunger related stressors and supoort student 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 (located right next to Jamba Juice) 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


Local Thrift Shops

United Family Association Thrift

5156 Hollister Ave, Goleta

Phone: 805-964-9996

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

The Salvation Army Family Sore

1258 Saviers Rd, Oxnard

Phone: 805-247-1215

Coalition Thrift Store

270 E. Main St, Ventura

Phone: 805-643-4411

ARC Foundation Thrift Store

265 E. Main St, Ventura

Phone: 805-485-6690

Local Facebook Groups with Furniture Listings

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

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. 

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. 

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.


Community Health and Medical Resources

Santa Barbara public health information (including Isla Vista)

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinic

Phone: 844-594-0343

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Emergency Room

GVCH - Emergency Dept.:  351 S. Patterson Ave, 

Phone: 805-967-3411

UCSB Student Health 

Schedule an appointment: 905-893-3371

Dental Clinic: 805-894-2891

Eye Care Center: 805-893-3170

Alcohol & Drug Program: 805-893-5013

Pharmacy: 805-893-2116 or 805-893-2934

Mental Health Resources

ACACIA Counseling and Wellness

Acacia offers individual, group, and psychiatric services for Isla Vista community members and students. With UC SHIP Health Insurance this service is offered at no additional cost.

Isla Vista Location: 948 Embarcadero Del Norte #102, Goleta

Goleta Location: 281 Magnolia Ave (2nd Floor), Goleta

Phone: 805-699-6668


Santa Barbara Response Network

Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN) is a grassroots, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting fellow community members' through traumatic experiences and toward resilient recovery. 

115 West Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara

Phone: 805-699-5608



If you are a registered UCSB student, CAPS offers mental health peer sessions as well as counseling with licensed psychologists, and a 24/7 crisis hotline. 

Located in Building 599

24/7 Crisis Hotline: 805-893-4411

Student Health & Wellness (UCSB)

A resource for self-care resources and wellness offerings that includes food & cooking resources (on a budget), meditation, sleep health, and other programs that are designed to address impacts of stress but also build resilience and social connection. 

Interpersonal Violence Reporting

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or home abuse, call 911. 

The IVCSD provides multiple resources alongside other community organizations to survivors of sexual assault and other interpersonal violence crimes. In partnership with Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) the Survivor Resource Center is available at 970 Embarcadero Del Mar where survivors and their loved ones can meet with STESA. STESA may be contacted at (805) 564-3696.

We also partner with the UC Police Department to provide an Interpersonal Violence Investigator and Prevention Detective for the Isla Vista community. Kovena Avila is a specialized trauma-informed investigator that is dedicated to working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and other related crimes in order to achieve their intended justice. Detective Avila may be contacted at: Further resources include Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE) that can be contacted at: (805) 893-4613.

Other Resources Include:

Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence: Contact Domestic Violence Solutions - (805) 964-5245

Child Abuse: Contact: Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) - (805) 965-2376

Sexual Assault: Contact: Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) - 805-564-3696

Animal Abuse: Contact Santa Barbara Animal Services - (805) 681-5285

Bike Safety

SB Bike Top 10 Bike Laws  

Isla Vista Outfitters Guide to Biking at UCSB

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 Transportation and Parking Services Bike Safety Webpage Information on how to safely navigate roundabouts and bike safety laws 

UCSB Bike Path Map

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 Lime  Avoid riding on sidewalk and other restricted areas

Vehicle Use

Zip Car 

971 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista, CA6524 Pardall Rd, Isla Vista, CA

Parking in Isla Vista

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

California Vehicle Code 22651(k) states, 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 

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