Housing & Residential Life

Housing and Dining

FSSP students living on campus will be housed in the Santa Cruz Residence Hall, just steps away from the beach and De La Guerra Dining Commons, where their meal plan will allow them to refuel between classes and activities.

Space in campus housing is limited, and will be assigned to student on a first-come first-served basis, so students hoping to live on campus should plan to apply early. Current COVID conditions require that each student have their own room, but if conditions change by the time the program starts, students may be placed with a roommate. 

Please note: Campus Housing is currently operating under the following restrictions, which may still be in effect during FSSP. We will update this information as conditions change. 

  • Each student must have their own room.

  • All students must quarantine in their rooms for the first 10 days after they move in.

  • All students must be tested for COVID-19 once per week and complete a daily online screening (COVID testing is provided without charge for all UCSB students). 

  • Indoor common spaces are closed or restricted.

  • When in public, all students must wear face coverings, maintain appropriate physical distance from others, and observe all current Public Health orders.

  • More information is available at https://www.housing.ucsb.edu/covid-19-information.

For more information about food resources around UC Santa Barbara, please visit the Associated Students Food Bank website.

For basic needs resources, please visit the Student Needs Advising Center website.

Health and Wellness

With the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students in mind, FSSP features a robust Wellness Program component. Students benefit from individualizeddrop-in opportunities to connect 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in activities related to mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and more so that no matter what happens, you can keep calm and carry on. 

Build Your Community

A vibrant peer and academic support structure is essential to student success. FSSP empowers students to create such a foundation by connecting with academic advisors, student-support counselors, and internationally recognized faculty. In addition to the emphasis on academics, the program offers numerous opportunities for students to forge friendships through social activities that cater to a variety of interests. Among the large cohort of FSSP students, you will find a community of friends you can rely on throughout your time at UC Santa Barbara. 

Social Events

FSSP offers a number of activities outside of class to help students unwind, connect, and recharge through fun shared experiences. Our dedicated team is working diligently to design social activities that appeal to a multitude of interests, ranging from game nights to guided tours of some of Santa Barbara’s hidden gems. More details will be shared in the coming weeks, but you can count on entertainment and a sense of camaraderie that will make your transition to campus life that much more exciting. 

Activities and events will be offered virtually for all FSSP participants. Students living on campus may be able to participate in some in-person activities, if conditions allow.