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Affordable Housing

The City of Santa Barbara created the Housing Development and Preservation Program with the goal of fostering an inclusive community by facilitating rental housing for low-income households, and ownership housing that is affordable to primarily moderate-income households.

Rental Success Guide

Created by the UCSB Community Housing Office, the Rental Housing Success Guide provides advice on how to choose where to live, how to choose roommates, how to handle landlord disputes, understand your tenant rights, and many more!

SB Student COOP

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. 

For more information about the application process houses, please click here.

Isla Vista Tenants Union

The A.S. Isla Vista Tenants Union (IVTU) is an organization serving the interests of Isla Vista tenants. They strive to meet the different needs of their members while uniting their common interests. They educate tenants on their rights and responsibilities and act as a resource when problems arise. They place a strong value in making sure people live without the suffering that arises from discrimination, retaliation, or neglect. In order to ensure this mission, they reach out to property managers, the University, elected officials, local groups, and individuals in order to address pressing tenant issues.


(805) 968-6704
6550 Pardall Road Suite B
Goleta, CA, 93117


Off Campus Housing Resources

Isla Vista Rental Listings

Looking to rent or sublease? Looking for housemates to fill a house or perhaps you would like to swap roommates? Visit IV Rental Listings to fulfill your housing needs. Use the search engine to browse available property listings in Isla Vista on Rental Listings and access the library of rental resources!


The Duncan Group advocates for affordable housing for low income populations by encouraging participants to construct a home in a multi-family community environment. Nearly over 1,200 families have been helped to build  and purchase their first time homes as the Duncan group teaches the necessary financial and construction skills.

For more information, visit the website of the Duncan Group.

Workforce Housing Program

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HASB) is an award winning local public agency that provides safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes.

This program hopes to make it possible for more people to be able to live where they work, in Santa Barbara.This approach benefits participants by lowering housing and transportation costs and minimizes the environmental impact of commuting.For more information, visit the website of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.

5 Practical Guides for College Students

These guides examine California’s three public higher education institutions to highlight existing resources and methods to support homeless and low-income students. These five guides are targeted to Homeless and Foster Youth Liaisons and other higher education professionals who work directly with these students.

For more information, view the five guides or visit their website