Isla Vista Project Area

Isla Vista Area Map

Isla Vista is an unincorporated community surrounded on three sides by the University of California, Santa Barbara and on the fourth by the Pacific Ocean. Although densely populated and burdened with inadequate parking, older buildings, and urban design problems, the active community enjoys a physical setting of great beauty overlooking the Pacific.

Isla Vista Project Area and Isla Vista Master Plan Planning Area

The current population of Isla Vista is approximately 20,000; some 13,000 of whom are students. Isla Vista is known primarily for its role in providing housing for students from UCSB as well as Santa Barbara City College. However, the community is also home to approximately 7,000 non-student residents. Isla Vista is 1/2 square mile or 320 acres.

To view US Census Bureau data for Isla Vista, please click here and select Isla Vista CDP.