Visit UC Santa Barbara Instantly with a "Real" Tour

Choosing whether or not an in-person visit to UC Santa Barbara makes sense can be a risky decision…what if you step on campus and immediately detest the “vibe”? All that time, money and effort getting to campus was wasted. At first it may seem difficult to gain a meaningful understanding of UC Santa Barbara without visiting the school in person. UC Santa Barbara is located in Santa Barbara, CA , and if that’s nowhere near where you live, what options do you have? That’s why we created CampusReel – to allow you, and anyone reading this, to deeply and authentically experience the UC Santa Barbara vibe, campus and community without visiting UC Santa Barbara in person – a virtual tour of the UC Santa Barbara campus! If definitely want to visit UC Santa Barbara in person, you should, at the very least, watch the entire CampusReel for UC Santa Barbara to ensure it seems like a good match and to get the most out of your in-person visit. After you’ve done your due diligence, you may find the below guidance helpful

When is the best time to visit UC Santa Barbara?

Visiting UC Santa Barbara depends on a number of factors, including the season, your schedule, and a lot of uncontrollable variables. We recommend you visit UC Santa Barbara twice if you’re serious about enrolling – at least one visit should be when students are on campus and school is in session. Be sure to take note of the town of Santa Barbara as well. Remember that Santa Barbara is also catering to 20606 students, so think critically about whether the community would feel too big or too small for your personal liking.

Where do families stay when they visit UC Santa Barbara?

The UC Santa Barbara admissions office likely has a list of accommodations they recommend. In addition to that list, consult the CampusReel VR feature to explore hotels nearby in Santa Barbara. For your convenience, below is a list of hotels to consider and that you can also preview in CampusReel VR.

  • Sunset Motel at UC Santa Barbara
  • Hotel Santa Barbara at UC Santa Barbara
  • Ramada Santa Barbara at UC Santa Barbara
  • The Upham Hotel at UC Santa Barbara
  • Cheshire Cat Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Brisas Del Mar, Inn at the Beach at UC Santa Barbara
  • Secret Garden Inn & Cottages at UC Santa Barbara
  • Spanish Garden Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Inn By the Harbor at UC Santa Barbara
  • Quality Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Rose Garden Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Town & Country Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Mira Vista Retreat 4 Bedroom Vacation Rental at UC Santa Barbara
  • Kimpton Goodland at UC Santa Barbara
  • Lavender Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • The Presidio at UC Santa Barbara
  • Holiday Lodge at UC Santa Barbara
  • Hideaway Santa Barbara (Opening January 2019) at UC Santa Barbara
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara Downtown at UC Santa Barbara
  • Motel 6 Santa Barbara - Goleta at UC Santa Barbara
  • Kimpton Canary Hotel at UC Santa Barbara
  • Simpson House Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Ramada Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Belmond El Encanto at UC Santa Barbara
  • Hotel Riviera at UC Santa Barbara
  • Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • A White Jasmine Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • AutoCamp Santa Barbara at UC Santa Barbara
  • Oasis Inn & Suites at UC Santa Barbara
  • Montecito Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Bath Street Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Barbara/Goleta at UC Santa Barbara
  • Alma Del Pueblo at UC Santa Barbara
  • Agave Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites at UC Santa Barbara
  • Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort at UC Santa Barbara
  • De La Vina Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Motel 6 Santa Barbara - State Street at UC Santa Barbara
  • Sandpiper Lodge at UC Santa Barbara
  • The Upham Hotel's Country House at UC Santa Barbara
  • Orange Tree Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Extended Stay America Santa Barbara - Calle Real at UC Santa Barbara
  • Lemon Tree Hotel at UC Santa Barbara
  • The Ritz-Carlton Bacara at UC Santa Barbara
  • Lemon Tree Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • UCSB Summer Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Hampton Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta at UC Santa Barbara
  • Courtyard by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta at UC Santa Barbara
  • Pacifica Suites at UC Santa Barbara
  • Best Western Plus South Coast Inn at UC Santa Barbara
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta at UC Santa Barbara
  • Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta at UC Santa Barbara

What do families do in Santa Barbara when they visit UC Santa Barbara?

It depends but there are a variety of activities and things to do in and around Santa Barbara. We recommend using the virtual immersion tab on CampusReel to take a tour at UC Santa Barbara and see for yourself how the student make use of Santa Barbara.

What buildings should I look at when I visit UC Santa Barbara?

For your convenience, below is a list of all buildings that you can visit from CampusReel. We encourage you to compare you experience of the buildings on CampusReel with your in-person visit if you decide to take one.