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Dorms @ UCSB?

poeticjspoeticjs Posts: 6Registered User New Member
how are the dorms are ucsb? what are the pros/cons of each area? im going to be an incoming freshman...which section do you recommend me apply for?
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  • awakenedreamawakenedream Posts: 1,269Registered User Senior Member
    ya i would like to know too!

    the lj community "ucsb" has some snotty people but there is some advice there about dorms if you look

    also the site has pics and descriptions of each http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/hchoices/reshalls-descriptions.htm
  • meggs121meggs121 Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    I know I'm putting francisco torres as my first choice, because I want to bring my car and they have a parking lot. Plus, their dining hall is open latest for breakfast (I'm a late sleeper...). But the downside is it's almost a mile from campus. Oh well...I'll need all the bike riding to keep off the freshman 15.
  • awakenedreamawakenedream Posts: 1,269Registered User Senior Member
    i'm not bringing a car.. but i heard FT (since it houses the most freshman, 1/3 of the class) is a BIG party place. i'm not much of a party person and i want to be able to have a relatively quiet place to go to for studying or relaxing. is it true FT is really loud and a party place (versus the rest of the dorms/res halls)?
  • natasha0587natasha0587 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Hey everyone:

    Okay, here's my input about the dorms. I been to UCSB 4 times and two of those times I have stayed in FT..

    FT- The biggest rooms, if you bunk the beds you can basically fit a couch in there too. 2 double rooms share 1 bath room, "suite style." They have their own workout center and their own pool...tons of Freshman live here. The only downside to this dorm..which may be a big downside for some, is that it is off campus, about a ten minute bike ride to class or anywhere else on campus which sucks when it rains..however it rains like less then 10 times a school year (don't you love SB weather)

    Manzanita- Very Pretty, these are the newest dorms, however the rooms are quite small..in fact the room I saw was the smallest of all the dorms..there are about 200 freshman spots and the rest of the spots go to upperclassmen...you are not in the center of campus but rather close to IV. Corrio, Manzanita's dining commons, is said to be the best dining commons.

    San Raf- not for freshman, although they will place some freshman depeding on enrollment..suite style..mainly upperclassmen..close to manzanita.

    Annacappa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa- "shorties", only two stories..in Annacappa the boys are on the first floor, girls on the second. These dorms present possibly the most "college like" atmosphere since there are always people in the halls and everyone shares a bathroom. Santa Rosa has its own workout facility. These dorms are by the DLG dining commons which is open the latest for dinner, i belive until 11. Good location, on campus

    San Nick, San Miguel- these are towers with 8 floors. Many interest floors are located here such as "scholars floor", "rainbow floor", "asian interest" floor, and "multi-cultural" floor..just to name a few..San Nicholas has a beautiful view of the ocean..these are also by DLG for late night eating and by the Ortega dining commons which lets students pack their food "To-Go." Good location, on campus


    I hope that helped some of you, right now I am deciding between UCSD and UCSB, good luck with all of your decisions!
  • awakenedreamawakenedream Posts: 1,269Registered User Senior Member
    thanks for the input natasha! :D
  • myname1sjudemyname1sjude Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    which would be a good co-ed place that is quiet and doesn't have a lot of partying?
  • natasha0587natasha0587 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Let's see co-ed and non-partying..I would reccomend FT on a Substance- Free Floor...

    most dorms have single sex floors or wings but at FT the left side of the hall is boys and the right side is girls so basically members of the same sex are right across the hall instead of down the other wing...
  • myname1sjudemyname1sjude Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    thanks natasha. so everywhere except FT it's pretty segregated between guys and girls? does the partying go on inside the dorms or just in IV. cuz i want a social floor but not one that's too loud and that's partying all the time. and i really want it to be co-ed. thanks for all the help!
  • awakenedreamawakenedream Posts: 1,269Registered User Senior Member
    myname1sjude: how come you really want it to be co-ed?
  • natasha0587natasha0587 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    I wouldn't say the dorms are segregated because boys hang out in girls rooms and girls are in boys rooms..not even "rooms" but "sections/floors/wings" whatever you want to call it. All the dorms are pretty social..I think the most social are the on campus ones they call the Laguna 5 - annacappa, San Mig, San Nic, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz- however in terms of how close boys and girls rooms are to eachother..the winner would be FT. Truth be told the "party" dorm changes year to year..I think this year it is Santa Cruz, but that might not be the case next year..Don't worry though the majority of the partying happens in IV..remember drinking in dorms is not allowed, so if kids do drink, it happens in their rooms not in the wide open halls where they will get caught by RA's. If you are still concerned with the partying, do what I'm doing, choose to be on a substance-free, quiet, or scholars floors to ensure that you will be living with people who are concerned with the same things you are.

    good luck :)
  • myname1sjudemyname1sjude Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    i just think it would be more interesting and fun that way, that's all.
  • myname1sjudemyname1sjude Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    thanks so much natasha, i feel like i can make a good decision now :-)
  • megathundermegathunder Posts: 1,014Registered User Member
    Hmmmm, I can't decide where I'd best fit in.

    I want a nice beautiful place where I can meet many people(esp. girls), not have to face crazy parties when I don't want to, have it be quiet when I want as well, have ample space, be around facilities for tennis and working out, and near campus as well preferably.

    Any ideas?...
  • natasha0587natasha0587 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    well ANY dorm/appartment on the UCSB campus is going to give you the beautiful location you are asking for. Also, you will meet girls wherever you decide to dorm, there are All-girl floors in FT and San Nic so maybe those dorms have more females. Most of UCSB's parties take place in Isla Vista, particularly the street Del Playa. Manzanita and San Raf are the closest dorms to Isla Vista. But everyone, please stop worrying about the "partying," the party reputation has really been blown out of proportion. I knonw tons of people at UCSB who do not party, in fact some that have never even drank in their entire lives, who feel perfectly comfortable at UCSB and still have great social lives. So please do not worry about the partying, UCSB is a great school. FT and Santa Rosa have their own mini workout centers in the dorms. However, There is a HUGE rec cen..i mean like 4 buildings worth of gyms and workout equipment, raquet ball cts, pools, tennis, track fields..anything you can think of. The Huge rec cen is just a short bike ride or walk away from any of the dorms.

    hope that helped :)
  • grxkngrxkn Posts: 382Registered User Member
    Thanks for that post, Natasha.
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