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City of Santa Barbara

UCSB is located near beautiful Santa Barbara, California, a city of over 88,000 residents located between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Barbara is often described as the "American Riviera." The area's Mediterranean climate provides the town with dry, warm summers and mild winters. The downtown district features shopping, restaurants and cultural attractions like the Mission Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Bowl outdoor ampitheater. For more visitor resources, please see Visit Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara is located 90 miles north of Los Angeles, CA and can be accessed from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), Amtrak or the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.

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