Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a relaxed beach community located ninety miles north of Los Angeles on the picturesque south coast. A city of 90,000, Santa Barbara is known as a college town, an arts and culture mecca, and one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, located "where the mountains meet the sea."

The year-round Mediterranean climate is perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, surfing, kayaking, and boating. Students enjoy the city's beautiful beaches, the walkable historic arts district downtown, daily farmers markets, access to public transportation, and Santa Barbara's active, healthy lifestyle.

Dawn at West Campus

SBCC and the Community

Santa Barbara City College is recognized as a major asset to the community. Santa Barbara locals enjoy productions by the award-winning theatre company at the Garvin Theatre, football games at La Playa Stadium, art exhibits at the Atkinson gallery, and visits by leading scholars, writers, and politicians--including Barack Obama.

Over 50,000 residents enroll in the college's Continuing Education program each year.

SBCC alumni become community leaders, start local businesses, and act as mentors to current students. Students at Santa Barbara City College are welcomed to the college and into the community at large.

SBCC Students Downtown Santa Barbara

What to Do When Visiting Your Student
Visitors love shopping on State Street, exploring the city's many museums and cultural events, and enjoying the outdoors. Fun activities for the family include:

  • Checking out the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show at East Beach on Sundays
  • Stroll along Stearns Wharf
  • Whale watching and sunset cruises to the Channel Islands
  • Visiting the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and art galleries downtown
  • Seeing a musical or theatre performance at the historic Arlington Theatre and the Granada Theatre
  • Touring the historic Old Mission and the Rose Gardens

For information on accommodations, contact the
Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau.


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