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UCSB students say housing crunch in Isla Vista is worse than ever

UCSB students and recent grads have trouble finding housing in Isla Vista

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - 'For Lease’ signs line apartments and rental homes in Isla Vista, but that doesn't mean they have anything for lease or rent.

Property managers said they have been full since March and are not even putting names on waiting lists.

Isla Vista Community District Director Ethan Bertran said, "I heard approximately 900 people are on the waiting list for campus housing, and we know that all those folks are looking for housing in Isla Vista as well"

A student heading home for personal reasons had no trouble finding a roommate for his roommates.

"I've had over 85-90 people alone, just between two Facebook groups texting me, emailing me, calling me, so it has been a lot," said Aden Shoemaker

UCSB students are also competing with recent grads and Santa Barbara City College students looking for housing in Isla Vista.

James Keuhne did his senior year online and wants to stay in the area, but his lease is up next week.

Josh Lipman said he found out that housing is hard to find in downtown Santa Barbara, too.

Andrew Armen said, "My lease ends in mid-September and I've got nothing so far."

TikToker Austin Wedington also wants to stay in Isla Vista.

"I couldn't find anything, so I had to move back home."

Students said sharing a room can cost between $700 and $1,000 a month.

Julie Winzelberg said she finally found something, but she can't move in until after school starts and she needs roommates.

"I'm desperately trying to find a few girls to join a group for a place that is originally outside of my budget, but that is what I got right now, and also it doesn't start until October first."

Some students plan to crash on friend's couches.

Greek life offers some housing.

Nadi Hourani said he is grateful to be living in his fraternity at a time when a lot of his friends can't find places to in Isla Vista to live.

UCSB could not be reached to comment on the situation.

People who need help during housing disputes may reach out to Ethan Bertrand at islavistacsd.gov.

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