About Santa Barbara
Antioch University Santa Barbara is situated in one of the most beautiful small cities in America, with something to offer for everyone.
The Perfect Setting
With its mild Mediterranean climate, famous white-sand beaches, and Spanish-influenced architecture, the beautiful city of Santa Barbara – known as the “American Riviera”– brings the timeless charm of southern Europe to the Pacific Ocean’s Central California coast.
Antioch University’s Santa Barbara location has continued to thrive and grow since it was first established in 1977. Our current campus has transformed the heart of downtown into a dynamic education hub, where students can find treasures around every corner.
As small as it seems, Santa Barbara’s cultural and intellectual attractions rival those of a major city, attracting high-caliber talent and international performers. Underlying this cultural sophistication is the city’s intimate feel, relaxed atmosphere, and casually elegant lifestyle.
Located in the midst of a world-class food and wine region, our campus is surrounded by many fine and casual restaurants, dance clubs, fashionable shops, art galleries, concert venues, movie theaters, intriguing museums, and Santa Ynez wine-tasting rooms, all within walking distance.
Active Outdoor Lifestyle
AUSB students play as hard as they study! Whether you are in the mood for ocean sports, mountain activities, athletic pursuits, or just relaxing in a stunning natural environment, a plethora of adventures can be found within just a few miles.
Complementing Antioch’s focus on social engagement, Santa Barbara is the perfect place to find opportunities to serve, whether as a volunteer or an intern. There are hundreds of non-profit organizations that support children, seniors, veterans, homeless, and others in need.
Study hard, play hard…at Antioch University Santa Barbara!