Just west of the UC Santa Barbara campus, Isla Vista is an integral part of life at UCSB. The town is dominated by students at UCSB and Santa Barbara City College. This young population defines a vibrant culture for Isla Vista, as seen from its residents’ obsession with surfing, grab-and-go food, front yard activities and many more essential elements of life there.

Although the coronavirus pandemic means most incoming students will begin their journey away from the campus, we hope these photos taken over a 24-hour period can provide a glimpse into the daily life of the community.

A version of this article appeared on p.8 of the August 27, 2020 print edition of the Daily Nexus.


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