Nestled between beautiful beaches and majestic mountains, Santa Barbara offers incredible natural beauty, a wide array of cultural activities, year-round recreation and fine restaurants and shops. Find scenic spots to study or take a break and enjoy the arts, shopping or outdoor activities.
Westmont Downtown, a new semester-long program, brings students into the Santa Barbara community for internships and engagement with local businesses and organizations. A hub for people committed to social transformation and entrepreneurship, Westmont Downtown seeks to equip students to become social innovators and entrepreneurs who seek the global good.
The arts flourish in Santa Barbara, with a variety of local musical and theatrical ensembles as well as concert series featuring Broadway shows, classical music, dance and other outstanding productions.
Enjoy and explore Santa Barbara’s coastline, mountains and back country.
Stroll scenic State Street and visit the many art galleries, restaurants, shops and coffee places that make downtown Santa Barbara a favorite tourist destination. You’ll quickly find favorite spots for food and fun as you sample some of the 700 local restaurants. Check out recommendations online at Best of S.B. Dining or ask a classmate to discover amazing meals.
Home to many lovely parks, Santa Barbara also offers stunning gardens.
Throughout the year, Santa Barbara celebrates a variety of festivals that celebrate the arts, history and different cultures.