Is UCSB Open or Not?

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If UCSB is supposedly closed to in-classroom teaching, why is IV still so crowded with "students"?

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a-1604253813 Nov 01, 2020 10:03 AM
Is UCSB Open or Not?

If I was locked into a lease at the crazy costs they get in IV, in an oceanside neighborhood.... I'd stay too. Agree with the other comment "it's just a neighborhood"

195930 Oct 31, 2020 02:13 PM
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Students don’t seem to care if they contract Covid. They could care less that cases will ramp up causing potential shut downs. My income has been down 75% due to these limitations since March. That’s why we care. And really, to the out of town SBCC “students”, why are you here? One of the points of community college is to save money by living at home. The 100% acceptance rate of this destination school has more ramifications on our community than you know or what is reported.

Zenyatta19 Nov 01, 2020 11:57 PM
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How is this blatantly unfair? Local students should get priority to transfer to UCSB.

Olde Mann Oct 31, 2020 09:43 PM
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One problem is that UCSB gives some priority to transfers from SBCC. This is blatantly unfair. Students from all CC in the state should have an equal chance to transfer to UCSB. Fixing this bias would mitigate the problem somewhat.

Simpleton Oct 31, 2020 01:26 PM
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IV rentals are currently 100% leased. UCSB even sent notices to all IV landlords in early October begging for any vacancies. Seems those UCSB students that were not able to live on campus this year with closed dorms, especially freshmen, still want to live near campus. As CSF says, there are also many SBCC as well as other students whose stay in IV was enabled through remote studies. Most IV landlords will start leasing properties in the coming weeks for the 2021-2022 lease period. Most students no longer wait until spring to sign leases as very little is available then.

dukemunson Oct 31, 2020 07:16 PM
Is UCSB Open or Not?

You obviously don’t check Craigslist or the UCSB housing website... there are quite a few vacancies...

Simpleton Oct 31, 2020 05:42 PM
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The only vacancies that I am aware of are related to those properties under construction/improvement such as the apartments known as the chimney sweeps. If anything is available they can change a premium today.

dukemunson Oct 31, 2020 02:36 PM
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This is false.. there are hundreds of vacancies in isla vista. It’s still crowded and probably 95% rented through summer 2021... with the actual occupancy of IV at around 75% of normal school time.

You are correct that much of IV does start pre-leasing for the following year in October... which is nutty!

oceandrew Oct 31, 2020 01:13 PM
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LANDSHARK... the better question is whether the dorms are inhabited if in person classes have been cancelled.

letmego Oct 31, 2020 03:07 PM
Is UCSB Open or Not?

Because you have already paid the rent? I have several friends with college aged students all over the country. All of their classes are on line, and nearly every student still went off to college - Denver, Ithaca, NY City, etc.

dukemunson Oct 31, 2020 02:44 PM
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They cleared out Almost everyone from the dorms in March And early April... with virtually everyone out by April 15. This was both a UCSB initiative and through governor Newsoms mandate that UC dorms be prepared to function as hospital overflow. By May it was down to less than 1% capacity and just for “special circumstances”.

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 31, 2020 01:38 PM
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OCEAN: University-owned housing is officially closed, though they've granted a few exceptions based on need. For instance, if you're an international student, if you're here on a sports scholarship and need to have practice, or if your major is art and you do ceramics and need access to kilns, etc. For the most part, the parking lots for university-owned housing are empty. The following statement was from Chancellor Yang (8-28-2020): "we have decided to offer nearly all undergraduate fall courses via remote instruction, and to limit our undergraduate student housing for fall quarter to only those students with special circumstances. We recommend that all other undergraduate students stay home to receive remote instruction."

Shmonk Oct 31, 2020 12:53 PM
Is UCSB Open or Not?

Uh... because people still live there? Isla vista is a neighborhood you can’t just close it

tagdes Oct 31, 2020 12:10 PM
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And a lot more simply.....IV is crowded because everyone already had to pay for the apartments there. Landlords aren't giving back the deposits....it beats going back to several others environments.

Ahchooo Oct 31, 2020 01:09 PM
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Yep, students signed rental contracts in the spring and are committed to paying rent. If you have to pay rent, why not live there?

dukemunson Oct 31, 2020 12:23 PM
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Also a fair number of our essential working staff lives in IV... look around... most of your 18-22 year old waiters, bartenders (essential!!!!), store clerks, etc live in IV...

dukemunson Oct 31, 2020 12:18 PM
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And it beats living at home with the parents for most 18-22 year olds (and for quite a few parents of 18-22 year olds!!!)...

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 31, 2020 11:46 AM
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UCSB is not open to in-class teaching during fall quarter 2020. All courses, including laboratories, are being conducted via Zoom. The decision has been made to teach winter quarter 2021 remotely as well. Spring quarter 2021 will not be decided until after January 2021, but in all likelihood this will be remote as well due to the difficulties of having to conduct both in-person and online courses simultaneously to accommodate those students have decided to stay in home. As far as why IV is so crowded with "students", half of those students are from SBCC. According to UCSB Student Affairs, "Approximately half of I.V.’s 23,000 residents are UCSB students; other residents include Santa Barbara City College students, families with children, a few UCSB faculty and staff members, and long term residents." (http://www.sa.ucsb.edu/parents/student-activities-campus-life-1/student-activities-campus-life/isla-vista). Additionally, an article in the San Luis Obispo Tribune states that, "fact that some landlords have been advertising to students from other colleges and universities also indicates that many of our students may be avoiding IV this quarter." (https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/education/article246093890.html). Regarding this last revelation, I spoke with a parent who said she knew of several NY college students who decided to spend the winter in beautiful California, since they were taking their NY courses remotely. I’m not surprised.

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