Group Requests for an Ocean View Apartment

We make it possible to reserve one of our off-campus apartments in several ways:

  1. The earliest opportunity to request an OV apartment is only available for current OV residents who exercise Squatters Rights by the Squatters deadline.
  2. The next opportunity is by submitting a "Group Request for Ocean View" (see links below).
  3. If any apartments remain available after Squatters Rights and Early Group requests, students may request OV during the last week of the Housing Selection event (see Timeline and Deadlines, Triple Room Sign-Ups , Double Room Sign-Ups, Sign-Up Time & Dates )

Once an OV apartment is reserved, no change is allowed until after housing sign-ups have concluded in April.** The apartments are not available for married students or students with dependents.

Must-Fill Requirement: A group "must fill" an apartment (3 or 4) in order to be considered.

Deadline: 9:00 PM (PST) on April 4 , 2016


  1. Group Request #1 for Ocean View is for the most preferred group request (3 or 4 in group) for each and every participant. It may, in fact, be each participant's only request. Note: Only the group members can interact with the form and view who is in the grouping. The originator has the most control of this online request form, but participants need to ACCEPT or DECLINE the group request.
  2. Group Request #2 for Ocean View
    While Group Request #1 would be considered first, a student may participate in a second request. Why? This could be a back-up request, in the event a #1 request does not succeed. For example, if a group of 3 does not succeed (as these smaller apartments are generally filled first), a second request could be submitted for a group with different participants or for a group of 4).

Qualifying basis/Notification Date: Early group requests for Ocean View must be ACCEPTED by all (to indicate mutuality) and will be considered on the basis of the total combined units among the group participants. Participants will be notified on April 6 whether their request succeeded or not. If successful, at least one participant should go to OV Selection Night to select their specific apartment. An apartment will be assigned if OV Selection Night is not attended.

OV Apt. Selection Night will be on April 7. At least one member of each successful group should attend this brief event at Ocean View to select a specific apartment for their group. If a successful group does not select an apartment, one will be assigned by the RD at that time.

**IMPORTANT RESTRICTION: Students who reserve an apartment by the early group request will not be allowed to cancel their reservation (in order to request different college houisng) until after housing sign-ups have concluded. This prohibition is enforced to preserve the integrity of housing sign-ups for all involved, and to prevent confusion which could be caused by changing assignments. Late changes are disruptive and unfair to others.

FAQs about Ocean View

What is included? Each Ocean View apartment is a furnished, two-bedroom unit. Furnishings include: beds, desks, drawers, living room sofa, dinette, draperies, full-size refrigerator and gas stove/oven. Services include: utilities (gas, electricity, water, trash), high-speed internet through the campus network, and satellite television service. The apartments have laundry machines provided by the same company which serves the campus laundry rooms. Laundry cards may be purchased on site or at several campus locations.

What is NOT included? Microwave oven,small kitchen appliances or dining/cooking utensils, television or computer, custodial service, or cleaning and paper supplies.

Where is Ocean View? The apartments are located three miles from campus, about one mile from the Vons grocery store on Hot Springs/Coast Village Road. Apartments #1-10 (750 sq.ft.) house up to four students. For directions with Google maps, enter 15 Ocean View Ave., Santa Barbara, CA. Apartments #13-24 (600 sq.ft.) house up to three students. Only the small bedrooms in apartments #13-24 are considered single rooms, and are guaranteed at that occupancy. For directions with Google maps, enter 11 Ocean View Ave., Santa Barbara, CA.

What about mail delivery? There is no mail service available at Ocean View. Students use the Westmont Post Office for mail and package delivery.

What is the cost? There are two different costs:

  1. Being assigned to a double room at Ocean View has the same cost as being assigned to a double room on campus (see Student Accounts).
  2. The cost for being in a single room is $200 more per semester than a double room on-campus or at Ocean View.

Is transportation available? Residents need to arrange for their own transportation to campus. Ride sharing is encouraged to reduce the number of vehicles brought to campus. Sophomores are discouraged from requesting Ocean View because they are unable to get parking permits.

Capacity and oversignt? Ocean View has 22 residential apartments, and can accommodate up to 75 upper class residents. Ocean View is staffed by a full-time resident director (RD) and several resident assistants (RA), but it is not served by campus security. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara Police Department.