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Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative


The Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op (SBSHC) provides low rent co-op housing for UCSB students, staff, and faculty, regardless of gender, race, social, political, or religious affiliation, and thereby influences the community to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the community. They also strive to engage in continuous educational programs that further the principles of cooperation through mutual, self-help living at a minimal cost.


What is a Co-op?

Each housing co-op is a close-knit community. They cook and clean for each other, organize their own parties and social events, and generally make their own rules and govern themselves. Since they provide food service and maintenance, housing costs are kept relatively low.

Occupancy & Amenities

There are four housing co-ops ranging from 13 to 18 members and an apartment complex that houses roughly 27 members.

Housing Options

Co-op Houses: All bedrooms are either singles or doubles, and all houses require chores and members’ cooperation and time.

Co-op Apartments: The apartment complex has studios and two bedroom apartments. The apartment common rooms are unfurnished, but often furniture is

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left by former occupants. All of the bedrooms are double occupancy except for the studios, which can be either singles or doubles.

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