As part of UC Santa Barbara’s plan to develop a series of faculty and staff residences along the road marking the border between the campus and Isla Vista, the university intends to demolish and relocate its Student Health building, prompting outcry from some members of the campus community.

Per UCSB’s Long Range Development Plan construction of the Ocean Road project must be completed by 2025. Daily Nexus File Photo

The proposed lot would be moved to the other side of Ocean Road into a significantly smaller facility — currently the ground parking lot next to the Parking Lot 22 structure — a change reflected in publicly available campus planning documents dating back at least four years. 

UCSB spokesperson Kiki Reyes said in a statement to the Nexus that “the replacement and relocation of Student Health is a component of the Ocean Road project. The University intends for student health services to be a continuing service offered by the campus, on the campus.” 

Because of confusion regarding the project, campus group Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) tabled outside The Arbor against the demolition of the current Student Health building, alleging that little information was available.

“There is a very limited amount of publicly available information about when this demolition will happen, what it will mean for Student Health services, and when a new building may (or may not) be constructed,” YDSA said in a March 9 statement. “What little information we could find, in disparate memos, reports, meeting minutes, and project pages, is sparsely detailed and riddled with contradictions.”

YDSA cites internal changes of building a new Student Health building and demolition of the old building from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the project over time as failures of university management, with no specific mention of what “temporary” Student Health services during the building process could constitute. 

Per UCSB’s Long Range Development Plan — the contract the university has with the city of Goleta and Santa Barbara County to build a certain amount of new housing units — construction of the Ocean Road project must be completed by 2025. 

Currently, the UCSB website states that Phase 1 of the project, which includes one-third of the required housing units, will be completed within the 2024-25 timeline. 


Holly Rusch
Holly Rusch (she/her) is the Lead News Editor for the 2022-23 school year. Previously, Rusch was the University News Editor and co-Lead News Editor for the 2020-21 school year. She can be reached at or