University of California, Santa Barbara -- June 23 - August 1, 2008
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA): For your convenience, we recommend making flight reservations with Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) as your final destination. There are several daily flight arrivals connecting directly from Los Angeles , San Francisco , Seattle , Phoenix , Las Vegas , Denver , Salt Lake City and Dallas/Fort Worth.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) : The most convenient way to get to Santa Barbara from LAX is by taking the Santa Barbara Airbus. This service provides several daily bus trips from Los Angeles International Airport to Santa Barbara (approximately $80 round-trip). Reservations are strongly recommended: (800) 423-1618 (toll-free US/Canada), (805) 964-7759 (outside US/Canada) or www.sbairbus.com. There are discounts for advance reservations and for parties of two or more. You will want to get off at the GOLETA stop.
SBA or Airbus Stop to UCSB: UCSB campus is a ten-minute drive from the airport and about 15 minutes from the Goleta Airbus stop. UCSB Conference Services provides a free shuttle service to the residence halls, both from Santa Barbara airport and from the Goleta drop-off location for the Santa Barbara Airbus. You will need to call the appropriate residence hall front desk to request the shuttle upon your arrival – the shuttle will not come automatically (see below for the list of residence hall front desks). You should call the front desk at the residence hall where you are scheduled to stay, and the shuttle will take you directly to that residence hall. The shuttle operates between 7am and 1am.
San Nicolas Hall (805) 893-2469
Getting to Santa Barbara – by Train
Santa Barbara is served by Amtrak Train Service. Amtrak trains make stops in Santa Barbara (12-15 miles from campus) and Goleta (5 miles from campus). Note that the Goleta stop does not have a terminal or ticket booth, so you will be unable to purchase tickets at that location, but can easily get off the train there or even board the train if you already have a ticket in hand. The Santa Barbara stop has a terminal and full ticketing services.
NOTE: We do NOT provide free shuttle service to/from the train stations; you will need to take a taxi or SuperRide Shuttle (see below for more taxi information).
Getting To Santa Barbara AND UCSB – by Car
UCSB is easily accessible from highway US-101. (Please see linked map of UCSB and surrounding area).
*From the South to San Nicolas Residence Hall: Take US-101 to the Airport/UCSB/Hwy. 217 exit (approximately 8 mi. north of downtown Santa Barbara). This expressway will take you directly into the campus East Gate. Enter the far left lane into the roundabout, and exit the roundabout onto Lagoon Road . Follow the signs to San Nicolas Residence Hall.
* From the North to San Nicolas Residence Hall:Take US-101 to the Storke/Glen Annie Rd. exit. Turn right on Storke Road and proceed 2 miles to El Colegio Road . Turn left on El Colegio Road and proceed through the campus West Gate. Turn left at the second traffic light ( Ocean Rd. ) after entering campus, continue left at the next stop sign, then bear right onto Mesa Rd. at the end of Ocean Road . Continue to follow Mesa Road , through the roundabout. Exit the roundabout onto Lagoon Road and follow directional signs to San Nicolas Residence Hall.
* From the South to Santa Ynez Apartments: Take US-101 to the Airport/UCSB/Hwy. 217 exit (approximately 8 mi. north of downtown Santa Barbara). This expressway will take you directly into the campus East Gate. Enter the far right lane and keep right onto Mesa Road . Follow the signs to Santa Ynez Apartments.
* From the North to Santa Ynez Apartments: Take US-101 to the Los Carneros Rd. exit. Turn right on Los Carneros and proceed 2 miles to El Colegio Road . Turn right on El Colegio Road and the Santa Ynez Apartment complex will be on your right side.
* From the South to Santa Catalina Hall: Take US-101 to the Airport/UCSB/Hwy. 217 exit (approximately 8 mi. north of downtown Santa Barbara). This expressway will take you directly into the campus East Gate. Enter the far right lane and keep right onto Mesa Road . Follow the signs to Santa Catalina Hall.
* From the North to Santa Catalina Hall: Take US-101 to the Storke/Glen Annie Rd. exit. Turn right on Storke Road , cross Hollister and continue driving towards the two tall towers in the distance. Turn left into the parking lot (signs may still read Francisco Torres). Rest assured, you are in the correct place.
The following are a few numbers of many available taxi services: Yellow Cab (805) 964-1111 / Checker Cab Co. (805) 964-6666 / Blue Dolphin Taxi (805) 966-6161
Getting Around Santa Barbara – by Bus
The Santa Barbara bus system is surprisingly convenient (especially by Southern California "car-culture" standards)! Even participants coming from areas with renowned mass-transit will find Santa Barbara 's bus system functional and reliable. The standard one-way fare is $1.25 (transfers are free – ask the bus driver). Complete information on schedules and routes can be found at www.sbmtd.gov . A few highlights and useful bits of information follow:
*Please read the schedule carefully and note that some times on the schedule are not in service when UCSB and/or SBCC are on break.
UCSB parking permits are required 7 days per week. If you are staying in one of the residence halls or Santa Ynez apartments, you will receive upon check-in a complimentary permit for the duration of your stay. (Upon request, we will e-mail you a 60-minute unloading permit for check-in.) **Note that for participants staying in San Nicolas Hall and Santa Ynez apartments, the permit is valid only in the lot designated on the permit. If you wish to park in another campus lot, you will need to pay the machine in the lot to park.
If you are staying in Santa Catalina Hall, you will receive a permit upon check-in that will allow you to park in the residence hall lot as well as one other campus lot (closer to the InFIELD events). Please check your permit upon check-in to see which on-campus lot you have been designated.
If you are not staying in the residence hall, you can purchase a parking permit using the machine in the parking lot; they take credit-card or cash payments (best to have exact change if you are paying cash). Be cautious of where you park; some lots are designated for UCSB faculty or staff only. Guests are responsible for following parking rules and for any penalties.
Please note that UCSB is a pedestrian (and bicycle) campus and parking is limited. Your parking lot assignment may not necessarily be close to your assigned Residence Hall or session location. (Please see linked map of UCSB Campus.)
Instructors: Instructors will be staying in the Santa Ynez student apartments. Each apartment features a living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms. For a virtual tour of one of the Santa Ynez Apartments, go to:
and click on Santa Ynez Apartment virtual tour. For a full list of apartment amenities, see:
For those instructors staying during the first two weeks of workshops only : you will receive a meal card that will allow you to eat at the De La Guerra dining commons. Meal hours will be provided upon check-in.
For those instructors staying the full six weeks : meal cards will be given to you upon your arrival that will allow you to eat at the De La Guerra dining commons. Meal hours will be provided upon check-in.
Participants attending full 6 weeks (workshops and Field Training): Participants registered for the full six weeks of InFIELD will be staying in the Santa Catalina Residence Hall. Santa Catalina is located approximately 1.5 miles from the center of campus. Tennis and volleyball courts are available on the premises on a first-come first-served basis. Participants staying in Santa Catalina will receive a meal card that will allow them to eat in any of the four campus dining commons. Hours and locations of the dining commons will be provided upon check-in.
Participants attending 2 weeks (workshops only): Participants registered for the two weeks of InFIELD workshops only will be staying in the San Nicolas Residence Hall. San Nicolas is an eight-story hall commanding views of campus, the lagoon and ocean. Participants staying in San Nicolas Hall will be dining at the De La Guerra dining commons just steps from the residence hall. Meal hours will be provided upon check-in.
Alternative housing: if you want to look for alternative housing off-campus in the UCSB community, there are some resources here. However, we cannot be responsible for non-university housing.
Residence Halls and Santa Ynez Apartments are equipped with Internet access. Upon arrival, participants will be provided with log-in information. Participants are required to abide by UCSB policies and regulations on Internet use, posted at www.resnet.ucsb.edu. Computers connecting to UCSB's network must have the minimum requirements:
* MacOS 9.1 or above (configured for DHCP)
Since universities are high-profile targets for computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses, UCSB reserves the right to terminate any connection that has shown infected characteristics. We encourage you to ensure that your computer has the latest patches and virus updates when you arrive. Note that there is no firewall between campus and the Internet, and participants are responsible for the security and maintenance of their own PCs.
The "RecCen" is open 7 days per week. Hours will be posted at our front desks for your convenience. The cost for a day pass is $8 for adults ($4 children), and a photo ID is required. Equipment includes racquetball and squash courts, weight training rooms, gym and 3 swimming pools. For more information, visit: www.recreation.ucsb.edu/reccen/reccen.php
Summer weather in Santa Barbara is usually quite pleasant; the days are warm (75º - 85º F / 24 - 29 C) and the nights are cool (~55º F / 13 C) with occasional morning fog (especially in June). We recommend 'layering', with a sweater or light jacket for early mornings and evenings.
Participants will be required to walk some distance between the residence hall, dining hall, and meeting rooms, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Any participant with reduced mobility should contact us to arrange alternative transportation.
Santa Barbara is a historic town on the coast of Southern California . There are many activities for the outdoor enthusiast, including hiking, surfing, boating, and scuba diving. Downtown Santa Barbara is known for its Spanish-style architecture, and its myriad shops and restaurants. The greater Santa Barbara area includes the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley, the artists' towns of Ojai and Cambria, and the famous Hearst Castle . A complete guide for visitors can be found at www.santabarbara.com. Los Angeles, with its well-known attractions, is about a ninety-minute drive to the south.
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