Living on campus your first year is a great experience! I loved it so much my first year that I’m living on campus again my second year. It's a great way to help you transition into UCSB. Living on campus is extremely and I mean extremely convenient. You get a sense of freedom without all the extra stress and hassle. You don’t have to worry about paying rent every month, paying a late fee when you miss rent deadlines, making sure that all your roommates & housemates have their rent money, paying for maintenance repairs when something in your apartment breaks, buying furniture, moving furniture into and out of your apartment, constantly buying food, cooking for yourself, & so many other things!
All these things are taken care of for you, which is really nice because having your living arrangments taken care of ahead of time is a big weight off your shoulders. I personally loved living on campus for three reasons: the convenience, the food, & the view. My first year I lived in San Nicolas which was about a five to ten minute bike ride to most places on campus! I biked everywhere and I was really close to my classes, my friends, the beach, the lagoon, and the Ucen! This summer when I didn’t have a meal plan, I realized how easy I had it living on campus. Since I don’t have a meal plan this summer I cook for myself and tbh my microwavable food doesn’t satisfy the same as the dining commons food. But I really love living on campus because of the view! Depending on where you live in IV the view doesn’t get any better than the view from the residence halls! The view from my room overlooked the lagoon & the beach! Although living on campus helped build my college experience, everyone is different & everyone has a different experience. If you get the chance to live in on campus your first year I highly recommend it!