FSSP Student Life

Build Your Community

A vibrant peer and academic support structure is essential to student success. FSSP helps you create this foundation by connecting you with academic advisors, student-support counselors, and internationally recognized faculty. In addition to the emphasis on academics, the program offers numerous opportunities for you to start forging friendships through social activities and adventurous outings. With more than 450 students in FSSP, you will find a community of friends you can rely on throughout your time at UC Santa Barbara.

Social Events

Build your community through special social and academic activities. FSSP offers fun opportunities to meet new people and connect with your peers. Opening weekend of the program includes a beach day filled with surfing and paddle board lessons, volleyball, slacklining, and beach games, followed by a barbecue on the San Nic lawn filled with new friends! Other activities include checking out the beautiful Santa Barbara scenery with sailing trips and hikes in the local mountains. Each week provides lively events, whether its dance socials, movie nights, or concerts.


Health and Wellness

With the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students in mind, FSSP features a Wellness Program located in your residence hall. You will find individualized drop-in opportunities where you can meet with faculty, academic advisors, career counselors, and student affairs professionals with expertise in nutrition, stress management, alcohol and drug awareness, relationships, fitness, and health counseling.

Housing and Dining

FSSP students live on campus in the San Nicolas Residence Hall overlooking the iconic lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. San Nicolas is conveniently situated near classrooms, the De La Guerra Dining Hall, and the UC Santa Barbara Library. FSSP students have access to recreation rooms, sand volleyball courts, and community lounges. There is one Resident Assistant housed on each floor, focused on enhancing the residential experience by organizing floor events and building community.

Most meals are enjoyed in the De La Guerra Dining Hall, which showcases a wide variety of culinary delights and seasonal menu items to ensure food is always fresh. Diners join friends or catch a quick bite between classes in a beautiful, contemporary dining facility with breathtaking views. FSSP participants receive 17 meal swipes per week.