Open House

Join us for an all-inclusive look into life at UC Santa Barbara. From resource fairs to live performances to tours, Open House is the most exciting event of the year! Come learn about academics, housing, student life, recreation, and more. Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, 2023

Registration is required. We hope to see you there!

Register for Open House 2023

Open House Presentations

Explore the three undergraduate colleges and support programs offered to undergraduate students. Events will be added, check back to see presentations and panels!

Parking Information

Complimentary parking is available for event attendees. The Open House parking permit will be available at a later time. Please print and bring it with you to place in your dashboard. When you arrive on campus, parking staff will direct you to a visitor lot.

Large personal vehicles (e.g., RV or motorhome) exceeding 22 feet in length, 80 inches in width, or 82 inches in height (including any connected trailers) are not permitted to park on campus.

"UCSB Guides" Mobile Event App

To access the full program of events taking place during Open House, you are encouraged to utilize our mobile event app! Download the "UC Santa Barbara Guides" app on your smartphone, where you'll later be able to access the Open House 2023 guide, which includes all events, fairs, tour options, dining selections, and more! Stay tuned as we update the app for 2023. Download the app so you can take full advantage of all the day has to offer! 

COVID-19 Safety Information

Open House will follow all local and campus guidelines surrounding COVID-19. We will share updated safety information and requirements with all registrants via email as we get closer to the event. All Open House attendees are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination and/or face masks may be required to enter certain spaces. Campus updates can also be found on the COVID-19 Updates webpage.

Explore the Local Area

We encourage you to take advantage of sunny Santa Barbara when you visit, including our world-renowned restaurants, parks and gardens, historical landmarks and museums, arts & performances, and sightseeing. Plan your trip here! Bringing the whole family? Check out fun, local educational opportunities that are kid-friendly. If you plan to stay in a local hotel, we encourage you to book your stay sooner rather than later.

If you have questions about Open House or need assistance, email us at

UCSB's annual admitted transfer student events, Gaucho Transfer Friday (GTF), will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023 and again on Friday, May 12, 2023. Registration is limited to admitted transfer students.

GTF Registration Link Available Soon!

Virtual Gaucho Transfer Thursday events will happen over Zoom. These opportunities will happen Thursday, May 4, 2023 and Thursday, May 11, 2023. Registration is limited to admitted transfer students.

Virtual GTT Registration Link Available Soon!


Resource Fair

Join support services geared towards transfer student success, including financial aid and the Transfer Student Center. Many academic departments will also be available to ask academic support questions. The resource fair will run from 10am-1pm, PT.

Parking Information

Visitor parking is permitted in designated visitor/student parking lots. We recommend you park in Lot 18 (the Mesa Parking Structure) or Lot 16 (the open air parking lot). You must purchase an ePermit if you plan to park on campus. You can see parking permit details here.

Guided Tours

Students who register for GTF can also request a guided tour. Tours will focus on the transfer experience on campus. While we do not include university housing on the tours, we will have representatives from Housing available at the Resource Fair from 10am-1pm, PT.

Student Panels

Join current students who transferred to UCSB. These students will answer you questions in a live interactive session. Ask about campus life, student support services, academics, and more!