ROOMMATE AND TENANT CONCERNS
Q: What do I do when I have a problem with one of my roommates?
A: Most difficulties among roommates stem from a lack of meaningful communication. It is always best to discuss some common unit norms, whether explicit or implicit. Early conversation is always best in order to avoid unpleasant situation. Should the problem become more severe, contact the office. Never allow the issue to escalate to the point of shouting or potential violence.
Q: My neighbors music is preventing me from studying and sleeping, what do I do?
A: First, try and resolve the issue by going to your neighbor and politely asking them to keep the music at a lower volume. If this doesn’t work, ask the front desk for assistance and the issue will be resolved.
Q: What should I bring to my Apartment?
A: Coordinate with your roommates in advance. You will need kitchen items and utensils, bedding items, clothes, toiletries, desk lamp, school supplies.
Q: Where is the nearest gas station?
Chevron 401 West Montecito Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Q: What bus do I take to get to downtown Santa Barbara or Isla Vista?
A: For bus transportation in the South Santa Barbara County area, you can call MTD Customer Service at 805-963-3366. You can also go to http://www.sbmtd.gov/ and check a bus schedule throughout the day.
Q: Where can I rent a bike?
A: Here at Beach City we offer a free bikeshare program to all of our tenants. If you’d like to use a bike for the day it’s as easy as, sign up at the front office. And the best part is, it’s free!
Q: Where can I rent a car?
A: Beach City provides 2 Zip Cars for on demand access to new, fully equipped vehicles. Enrollment in the car share program is all a part of living at the community and is FREE to its residents. Joining Zipcar is easy and available to all local or international students with a valid driver’s license. By selecting a participating college or university when enrolling, the $25 application fee is waived and the remaining $15 registration is complimentary of Beach City. These vehicles boast all the most modern technologies and at a rate of $7.50 per hour all-inclusive of rental costs, insurance and gas, make the need for a car obsolete. Students can sign up online or with a mobile device to receive a Zipcard. To reserve a car, simply go online or to the Zipcar smartphone app and select the location of the vehicle you want to use and the timeframe you wish to use it. When you’re ready to drive, holding your Zipcard up to the windshield will unlock the doors giving you access to the vehicle keys and gas card… and your off!
RECREATION AND OUTDOOR LIVING
Q: When does the pool open and close?
A: The Beach City pool is open during daylight hours.
Q: Where are good restaurants?
A: There are a variety of great restaurants between Santa Barbara and Goleta. Our recommendation: check SB menus at https://orderup.com/some/santabarbara/delivery/featured
Q: Is it possible to surf the SB coastline?
A: You will likely find yourself surfing in at any one of the following areas; Campus Point, Devereux, and Sands. Devereux and Sands are both found off Coal Oil Point Reserve, roughly one mile away, and within walking or biking distance. The Rincon is located 45 south of Beach City. Here, you will find some of the best surfing in the entire region. Jalama Beach is located an hour north of IV where the waves are often three times the size of the waves in the Santa Barbara area.
Q: What is there to do in Santa Barbara?
A: For those of us who already live here, we chuckle when we hear this question. Quite literally, almost anything. Here are some things we have done in the past two years: ● Hike to waterfalls ● Ride a bus to UCSB and back ● Scuba Dive ● Whale watching ● Watch the sunset ● Beach City movie nights ● Meet people ● Find great food places ● Learn to play soccer, golf, pool, piano, or guitar ● Become a master chef ● Find the right party with friends ● Motorcycle ride to the mountains ● Surf ● Hang out with friends, have a bonfire, and BBQ ● Swim in the pool ● Play ping pong at the Beach City courts ● Watch movies at home or at the theater The bottom line is that rather than spend time in Santa Barbara, invent your time in Santa Barbara. You’ll have a great time!
LOCATION OF GROCERY STORES - GAS STATIONS - POST OFFICE
Q: Where is the nearest post office?
Santa Barbara Post Office 836 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA (805) 564-2226
Q: Where is the nearest grocery store?
Albertson’s Mesa Shopping Center 2010 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Q: Is there a Natural Grocery Store in the area?
Lazy Acres 302 Meigs Road Santa Barbara, CA 93109
MAINTENANCE AND UTILITIES
Q: What utilities do I need to place in my name and what utilities do you cover?
A. Utility Information: - Contact the utility company and make sure the utilites are in your name - Each unit has a unique address and must be registered independent of others - Units are back billed Use the dumpster for your trash - this cost is included in your rent - Please recycle whenever possible - Be sure you check in advance to see if water is included in your rent. Check your lease! Utility Companies Used in Santa Barbara Area: Southern California Electric (SCE - electric) 1-800-655-4555 Southern California Gas 1-800-427-2200 Santa Barbara Water 805-564-5343 Marborg (Trash) 805-963-1852 Cox Communications (Cable) 805-202-4093
Q: What are the office hours?
A: The Beach City hours are 10:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday.
Q: How much is parking?
A: A parking space at Beach City is $100 per month.
Q: How do I unclog my toliet (like a plumber)?
Q: How do I unclog my sink or tub drain?
Q: Do you have any tips for unclogging a sink?
Q: Where can I go if my bike gets a flat tire?
A: There is a compressor available at Beach City to repair your flat tire. See the Property Manager or a Resident Assistant if you have difficulty.
Q: Who do I contact if I have questions regarding furniture/appliances at Beach City? (For example: my desk hasn’t arrived yet, stove won’t ignite, water in shower won’t drain.)
A: The first step is to submit a “Maintenance request” through the Beach City Resident Portal, this will alert our team that there’s a problem. Additionally, the office at Beach City has all of the resources necessary to make sure any questions/concerns regarding furniture and appliances will be resolved as quickly as possible.
Q: The fire alarm keeps going off while cooking. How do I stop the alarm once it happens and how do I prevent this from happening again?
A: If your fire alarm sounds, quickly grab a towel and waft air toward the fire detector to silence it; this will take roughly 30 seconds. To prevent this from happening again cook at lower temperatures for longer periods of time. Be observant of what is being cooked and how you are cooking.
Q: The pool looks great, but how clean is it?
A: You need not be concerned about the cleanliness of the pool. The pool is cleaned every week by a professional team and are kept at a very high level of sanitization.
Q: What are the policies on guests?
A: Please check your lease and work with your roommates before inviting a guest to stay. Violations will result in additional rent being charged to your unit.
Q: Where can I buy school supplies?
Staples 410 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 805.965.9577 Store #0179