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    Hey guys!

    Im currently in highschool in Sweden but im going to UCSB ( university of california, santa barbara) next year.

    What i need some advice on is if i should live in the dorms or in Isla Vista ( sharing house with some people). The reason why im going to College in the US is to practice my english, and to enyoy the social life ( College social life in Sweden isnt the same). So Dorms or Isla Vista?

    also im just staying one year, tops two, so i really want to get the most out of it, where would i meet most friends? dorms? Or would it maybe be better to live in Isla Vista if i want to get into parties there easier etc.

    Really confused here!

    Thanks for your help

    // Zynth



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    first off: good choice coming to SB. I graduated in June, but still live in the city (working now). Gorgeous town, great education and like you and the other thousand swedes who come in and out of here every year know.. great social setting too. I hope you're over 21. that helps A LOT

    to answer your question on dorm or IV living.. thats tough, but i'm going to have to go with IV over the dorms.

    it's weird for me, because i spent my 1st year like 99 percent of the other kids at the college in the dorms. and it was in the dorms that i made all my friends. that year rocked. you're surrounded by hundreds of like-minded students eager to make friends in a new exciting place.. so it's easy.

    For you though.. as an international, you're going to be put in these dorms that are filled with other internationals and loner-types, so you'll still make friends, but it will be different. If i was in your situation i'd want to meet as many locals as possible, so I'd say move straight into IV. Of course the problem is, if you end up in a house with boring neighbors, you might not meet anyone at all at first.. whereas for me, when i moved into IV I already had tons of friends, so that wasn't an issue.

    So you have two options in IV. One is to move into one of the various apartment complex / community living type places in IV. You sacrifice good location for TONS of people surrounding you. in other words, you might not be steps away from the beach or have a backyard to throw parties, but if you're social in any way, you're guaranteed to meet loads of people. The problem here is: the people who live in these places are generally city college kids who aren't that bright or interesting. Of course i'm biased b/c i went to UCSB, but trust me, the majority of them are there for one reason only: party. and as much as we partied, we also had brains and were cultured.

    which leads me to your other option: find an apartment on craigslist with UCSB kids in it. then just hope that they are cool guys and have good friends that you can make your own. This might seem hard, but as it turns out, me and my 2 roommates needed to find a 4th and found this guy from Spain on craigslist.. doing exactly what u are. Flash forward three years and he's one of my best friends and he's never been happier.

    so to break it down (sorry for the length of this post):
    the ideal situation - find UCSB kids looking for a roommate (use craigslist.com) and then use them to find friends and a social scene.
    the other option - live in communal housing / apt complexes. there's a few, but the popular better ones are Tropicana Gardens, Fountain Bleu, and Breakpoint.
    Dorms - meet lots of people, but mostly other foreigners and non-partier types from SB. WHATEVER U DO: don't get sucked into Santa Ynez housing. that place is the last resort for intl students and while nice, is far away and no one will visit you there. trust me. no on Santa Ynez.

    hope this helps. any other questions, let me know. i'm bored and at work anyway.

    where u from in Sweden? spend summers in Mollosund.. have friends in gothenburg and stockholm.

    lycka til

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    Wow man thanks for ur answer, really u spent summer here? cool, im from Stockholm

    And yeah IV seems like the best choice, whats hard is to find a house with cool people. Since im not going to be able to live in dorms with the ucsb students ( who are not international) i think it will be better if i live in IV.

    Also i have a question about IV locations, i've been looking at craigslist and the houses that seems like the coolest to live in (because of their views etc) is the ones on Del Playa ocean side. The thing is, would it be to loud if i lived there ? i mean like hard to sleep, and hard to get my school work done etc. Thats what i've heard from others ive spoken to. But i mean maby they've just been there during the weekends, and not during school days. So what's your opinion?

    And by the way i'll be 19 by the time i move to SB but i guess i'll just have to find the right friends and get into nice house parties ( dont know how hard it is to get into parties, is it easy to get into them etc? In sweden its all about knowing the right people, and if u dont, u wont get into any parties)

    I also noticed that alot of Swedes goes to SB, do we Swedes have any speciall reputation or something? like being boring, fun, stupid, smart etc haha

    Thanks for your help man

    Zynth

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    I wouldn't recommend living on DP (del playa). It's a blast sure, but it's filthy, the homes are run down, and it's loud as all hell. almost every single friend i knew who lived there had their house broken into and stuff stolen. The view of the ocean every morning is great (if you're oceanside), but trust me, within 2 months you'll know someone who lives there anyway, so you can just cruise over - that's what i always did.

    I lived one street up on Sabado Tarde and loved every minute of it. You're a block away from DP and the beach, but feel miles away from the loud obnoxious drunk kids walking in your door on a Friday night and peeing on your couch (it happens, seriously haha).

    Just try to stay 3-4 blocks within the ocean, so on Sabado or Trigo and between the 6500 and 6700 block. Anything past 6700 is a bit of a trek and outside the 'fun zone' so to speak. Oh and remember, you're going to need a bike.. everyone bikes around IV and if u don't get one you're screwed. They're dirt cheap though. 50-80 bucks for a decent one that rides.

    As for partying.. IV is famous for having really open and friendly residents. Most (though sadly I Feel it's gotten worse since I was a freshman) people will gladly let you in to their parties and even offer you drinks. Of course it's always better to know someone and u quickly will learn more peoples names and addresses, but just throw out 'hey i'm new, i'm swedish!" and people will line up shots for you. Just smile and be easy going. And screw Freebirds (burrito spot, famous in IV). eat anywhere else haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetscene View Post
    I wouldn't recommend living on DP (del playa). It's a blast sure, but it's filthy, the homes are run down, and it's loud as all hell. almost every single friend i knew who lived there had their house broken into and stuff stolen. The view of the ocean every morning is great (if you're oceanside), but trust me, within 2 months you'll know someone who lives there anyway, so you can just cruise over - that's what i always did.

    I lived one street up on Sabado Tarde and loved every minute of it. You're a block away from DP and the beach, but feel miles away from the loud obnoxious drunk kids walking in your door on a Friday night and peeing on your couch (it happens, seriously haha).

    Just try to stay 3-4 blocks within the ocean, so on Sabado or Trigo and between the 6500 and 6700 block. Anything past 6700 is a bit of a trek and outside the 'fun zone' so to speak. Oh and remember, you're going to need a bike.. everyone bikes around IV and if u don't get one you're screwed. They're dirt cheap though. 50-80 bucks for a decent one that rides.

    As for partying.. IV is famous for having really open and friendly residents. Most (though sadly I Feel it's gotten worse since I was a freshman) people will gladly let you in to their parties and even offer you drinks. Of course it's always better to know someone and u quickly will learn more peoples names and addresses, but just throw out 'hey i'm new, i'm swedish!" and people will line up shots for you. Just smile and be easy going. And screw Freebirds (burrito spot, famous in IV). eat anywhere else haha.
    Oh okey, yeah 3-4 blocks away seems nice. Im not sure if im going to go to UCSB anymore, SBCC might be a better choice for me, but ill live in IV no matter which school. But how far is it between SBCC and IV? is it easy to get there by bus ? or would i need a car?

    It seems great that everyone is so friendly, feels like it will be very easy to make friends etc. So is it a good thing coming from a foregin country ? or atleast Sweden? And yeah ill stay away from freebirds hahah

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    Quote Originally Posted by zynth View Post
    Oh okey, yeah 3-4 blocks away seems nice. Im not sure if im going to go to UCSB anymore, SBCC might be a better choice for me, but ill live in IV no matter which school. But how far is it between SBCC and IV? is it easy to get there by bus ? or would i need a car?

    It seems great that everyone is so friendly, feels like it will be very easy to make friends etc. So is it a good thing coming from a foregin country ? or atleast Sweden? And yeah ill stay away from freebirds hahah
    There's a bus that runs directly from IV to city college. I've never taken it, but everyone does, so it must run fine. I'd imagine given the distance in kilometers it's about a 20-25 min ride MAX. so i dont think you need a car. parking is a total bitch in iv and public transport is surprisingly good for an american city.

    I think swedish girls here are judged as slightly bitchy and aloof but hot..
    swedish guys are often stereotyped as being super euro, i.e. the kind of swede who hangs out under the mushroom thing in stockholm where all the 'posh' types are . you know.. the type (sorry if this is you) who wears loafers to any occasion, tucked in dress shirt with white belt and greased back blonde hair and a cig in hand 24/7. so if that's you, try to relax a bit, this is a beach community so we aren't always in loafers. but if you have to be, whatever, girls will be attracted to you anyway.. given that any girl in any country likes a man with an accent. that's a truism. so if you're at all savvy and smooth you should be getting laid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetscene View Post
    There's a bus that runs directly from IV to city college. I've never taken it, but everyone does, so it must run fine. I'd imagine given the distance in kilometers it's about a 20-25 min ride MAX. so i dont think you need a car. parking is a total bitch in iv and public transport is surprisingly good for an american city.

    I think swedish girls here are judged as slightly bitchy and aloof but hot..
    swedish guys are often stereotyped as being super euro, i.e. the kind of swede who hangs out under the mushroom thing in stockholm where all the 'posh' types are . you know.. the type (sorry if this is you) who wears loafers to any occasion, tucked in dress shirt with white belt and greased back blonde hair and a cig in hand 24/7. so if that's you, try to relax a bit, this is a beach community so we aren't always in loafers. but if you have to be, whatever, girls will be attracted to you anyway.. given that any girl in any country likes a man with an accent. that's a truism. so if you're at all savvy and smooth you should be getting laid.
    Sounds great

    Haha yeah i know which type you mean ^^ and no im not one of them, most people kinda makes fun of them.

    And the accent thing, girls dont like accents in every country, i think america is on of the few countries where its "exotic" or wathever to have an accent, in places in Europe its kind of the opposite.

    Thanks so much for your help i think ill PM you if i have more questions later!

    // Zynth

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