College Senior 2013-07-29T07:35:52Z
Getting approved for off-campus housing can be a bear at Westmont. The county for some reason only allows a couple hundred students total to live off campus (for traffic or tax or some other purposes like that), so even though the total student body isn't too big (I think around 1,300), it's still rough when you're a senior and you still can't even get approved to live off campus!
On campus housing is a little easier to deal with. One thing I wish the administration would do is switch the housing process to an online process - currently, we have to physically sign up for housing in person (or have a proxy do it for us if we have to work or are studying abroad, etc.). This can mean a 3 hour line, just to get to the front and find out as an upperclassman the only available spots left are in freshman halls! I think the campus is a little overloaded with student population right now, as in the housing was designed for a lower capacity - because most dorms are turning from double rooms to triples quickly! The dorms themselves are pretty nice and clean, not anything fancy or state of the art, but very liveable.
College Junior 2013-05-05T22:24:51Z
Westmont does a great of keeping most of the students on-campus. There is a limited amount of off-campus opportunities which makes it difficult to allow students to leave campus.
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T21:34:21Z
Westmont offers off-campus housing, but if you and a bunch of friends get together and split rent it shouldn't be too difficult to pay for your own place off campus.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-16T18:21:14Z
Real estate is very expensive in Santa Barbara, but it's cheaper to live off campus versus on campus for the most part. I also give it this grade because the college itself tends to not treat its off-campus students very well. Parking can be tough on campus. Also Westmont only allows 200 students to live off campus so there are seniors who get screwed over and get stuck on campus.
College Junior 2012-02-23T05:28:45Z
Rare and Expensive but Worth It – There is a strict limit to how many students can live off campus and Montecito has high rent, but the houses off campus are social hubs for students to meet and hangout with each other. A very high percentage of students live on campus so the only students that you will live near will be your roommates.
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