Transfer Edge

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Student Life

In addition to providing an academic head start, Transfer Edge will help you build a community so you can make the most out of your undergraduate experience.

Opportunities to meet and mingle include:

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Welcome Event

Begin your UC Santa Barbara journey with introductions to new friends and peer mentors.

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Study Sessions

Learning is more fun when you do it in groups. Join your peers in virtual sessions to master concepts from your courses and build habits that will lead to academic success.

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Community Lunches

Relax with your lunch, learn more about an engaging topic, and catch up with your friends in this virtual series featuring presentations from campus leaders.

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Socials

Unwind from a busy week with game nights, watch parties, and more!

In collaboration with the Transfer Student Center, Transfer Edge will bring you opportunities to learn what UC Santa Barbara has to offer, including workshops focused on professional development and academic success. 

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Housing & Meals

Tailor your Transfer Edge experience by selecting housing options that will best allow you to recharge, refuel, and thrive.
We recognize that our students come from a variety of circumstances, strengthening the vibrant diversity of our living and learning community. You can participate in Transfer Edge whether commuting from a local residence, riding your bike from an Isla Vista sublet, or opting to live with other Edge students in Sierra Madre Villages


Opened in Fall 2015, these university-owned apartments are reserved for 3rd and 4th year UC Santa Barbara students and boast the following:

  • Fully furnished 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with all utilities included, plus 24-hour on-call maintenance and emergency staff
  • 10-minute bike ride from the center of campus 
  • Sustainably designed with easy access to 650 pristine acres of coastal habitats 
  • Two Community Centers to support study, lounge, and dining activities, a recreation game room, and a fitness center. 
  • Resident assistants who are available for after-hours assistance and community building 

Do you anticipate being too busy exploring UC Santa Barbara to cook?

The Tenaya Market & Eatery is conveniently located just across the street from the Sierra Madre Villages apartment complex, and offers a variety of local and sustainable food options for purchase. A range of Summer Meal Plans are also available to students who wish to eat in the UCSB dining commons in between studying and socializing.

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