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Housing Costs

When planning a budget for your stay, please factor in and consider the following (please visit the Transportation page (coming soon) in the Visitor Info section for associated costs):

For apartment living:

  • Most landlords require payment of the first month’s rent + security deposit (typically last month’s rent) in advance
  • Start-up costs for utility deposits, household necessities and furnishings (e.g., furniture, linens, kitchenware)
  • Utility costs average $100 per month for apartments (this includes gas, electricity, and cable/internet)
  • Water and trash service are usually included in the rent
  • Laundry costs average about $25 per month

*Recommendation for foreign visitors: Before paying a rental deposit and finalizing a rental agreement, please first obtain your travel visa. Most rental deposits are non-refundable. If your travel visa is delayed or denied, you may not receive a refund of any deposits you have paid.

Below is a chart of the average prices for apartments in the Santa Barbara area for 2014 as listed on the CHO website:

  Isla Vista Goleta/Ellwood Santa Barbara
Studio $1200 $1125 $1250
1 Bedroom $1600 $1520 $1800
2 Bedroom $2875 $2770 $3100
3 Bedroom $3980 $3568 $4200
4+ Bedroom $4800 $4100 $4500
Room in
Private Home*
$750 $800 $850

*Utilities typically included

For vacation rentals (see Short-term rentals):

  • Utilities and cleaning are usually included in the rental price unless otherwise noted.
  • A city or county tax of 10-12% may apply