Santa Barbara, California, United States

Santa Barbara

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About This Center


ELS Santa Barbara is located in the friendly and safe city of Santa Barbara on the Southern California coast. Santa Barbara is famous for its sunny weather, architecture, and college-town spirit. The city has an amazing mix of mountains, beaches, and bustling downtown, so you can always access big-city culture, museums, and outdoor adventures.

104 West Anapamu, Santa Barbara, California, United States

Great Things to See and Do

  • State Street: State Street offers shops, art galleries, theaters and museums.
  • Beach Life: The coastal area of Santa Barbara is famous for its surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, paragliding, and whale watching.
  • Day Trips and Weekend Getaways: Los Angeles is under two hours away, and you can also spend weekends in other major cities like Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Santa Barbara

  • Housing Options
    • Homestay
    • Student Residence (Off Campus)
  • Center Facilities
    • Free e-mail & Internet Access
    • Computer Center
    • Beaches nearby
  • City Environment
  • Urban

Housing Options


ELS/Santa Barbara's Host Families are carefully interviewed and selected to ensure a positive experience for our students. They come from diverse backgrounds and offer a warm welcome to our students. Students are responsible for their own transportation, but we try to keep the host families within 45 minutes by bus of the Center. All rooms are single (unless a double is requested), but bathrooms may be shared. Students truly value the opportunity to live with local families and experience American culture while practicing their English.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1200
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal Credits
  • 14 meals per week

Student Residence (Off Campus)

ELS/Santa Barbara's Student Residence is the perfect place for students who want to live in an international environment with many potential new friends, but still enjoy the privacy offered by a single room with a private bathroom. The Residence has an outdoor student lounge area with a ping pong table, a TV for movie nights, and even cooking facilities for students to prepare their own food. There is also a smoking area. A Residence Assistant lives on-site to provide students with the safety of an adult who knows the area, and there are also security cameras posted around the property. Free laundry facilities are available for student use, and each room comes with a full or queen sized bed with bedding, a desk, TV with local channels, free WiFi, a mini fridge and microwave. Rooms are cleaned bi-weekly. Best of all, the Residence is a mere 15-minute walk to the Center and an even shorter 10-minute walk to the beach. Hundreds of shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance, and regular activities are scheduled by the Residence Assistant to promote fun and friendship.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1450
  • Occupancy
  • Single Deluxe
  • Meal Credits
  • No meals included

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