Short-Term Lodging

Visits of 1-2 weeks: capacity allowing, and if you wish, we hope to house those visiting for at least a full workweek (5 days) in in the KITP Residence. Please fill out the housing form. If we are not able to house you at the residence, you must make your own lodging arrangements. We will reimburse this expense up to the amount specified in your invitation letter.

Visits of less than one week: If you are visiting for less than a full workweek, you must make your own lodging arrangements. We will reimburse this expense up to the amount specified in your invitation letter. 

Self-booking short-term Lodging Recommendations (see tabs below for details):

For visits of 4 days or less, you will either need to stay on-campus or at one of our Popular Hotels, many of which offer breakfast and shuttles to UCSB.

For visits of 5 days or longer, West Cottages, offer economical rates far below full-service motels, with (shared) cooking and laundry facilities.  KITP will reimburse a bicycle rental up to $100 in addition to the normal per diem.

For visits of 7 days or longer,  Extended StayAmerica offers economical weekly rates for studios with kitchenette and on-site laundry facilities. Other Popular Hotels may offer discounts for stays of 7 days or more during the off-season.


Information for your stay at the Munger Physics Residence

Welcome to your stay at the Munger Residence, please review the Resident Handbook, as well as the Arrival and Living information below.

Arriving at Munger Residence

The Munger Residence address is 6560 El Colegio Road, Goleta, CA 93117, just east of Los Carneros Road. This is not a mailing address. KITP will be billed directly for your housing. Google Maps will show the location as “KITP Residence”.
Please review our Transportation page to view more information.

From Los Angeles International Airport:
We recommend the Santa Barbara Airbus, particularly if you must return to LAX for your departing flight. The Airbus is reliable, and offers a reasonable round-trip fare. The nearest Airbus drop-off point to the Residence is the Goleta terminal at 750 Technology Drive; so once you arrive, you'll need to call a taxi or ride service to the Residence.

If you plan on arriving after 10:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time), you will be given a one-time-only entry code to the building. This will expire after it is used. You must request the code in advance of your arrival in order to access the building after the front desk has closed.


When you arrive to the Residence, please be dropped off at 6560 El Colegio Road, Goleta, CA 93117. There is limited short term parking for loading and unloading only. If you bring a car, you may park in Lot 30 with a purchased permit.


If you arrive on a weekend, we would suggest buying a pass from the machine in front of the Residence building. One can buy a pass for up to 7 days to park in front of the Residence.

For longer term parking, the lot for the building is Lot 30, which is a few blocks from the Residence. To buy a permit to park in Lot 30, go into the Parking Office (also in Lot 30) and buy a staff pass as a visitor to KITP. You must buy a permit to park on campus. Please visit the campus parking website for more information:

With this pass you can park in Lot 30, and Lot 10, which is next to Kohn Hall. 

Check-in and Keys

We are staffed from:

8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Monday through Friday

12:00 PM to 10:00 PM on weekends.

Once you enter, please check in with staff at the desk, or if arriving late, please find the envelope on the front desk with your name on it to receive your key.

If you plan on arriving after 10:00 PM, use the given one-time-only entry code to enter the building. This will expire after it is used. 


We have designed the residence to be your home for your stay. All apartments are fully furnished, including dishes, cookware, and linens. All beds are king-sized. Cribs and high chairs are also available. The residence is located just off campus, about 1.5 miles away. Indoor bike parking is also available. No bikes are allowed in the building.

Date Change

Please be aware that if your arrival or departure date is changed shortly before, or during, your visit, we may not be able to house you. Changes made less than one month before arrival can result in housing being unavailable for your visit

What to bring with you

Your apartment is fully furnished, including all kitchen items. We only ask that you provide your own food and consumable products, such as personal and laundry soaps and paper goods. Your unit will have a starting supply of shampoo, personal soap, toilet paper and paper towels, as well as a small bit of food to get you through your first night!

Your apartment is your home. We will provide you with all cleaning products to keep your own space clean (no cleaning or laundry service is offered). We respect your privacy and will not enter your unit unless called for by repairs or maintenance.


Laundry machines are available for free in the Basement. We ask that you provide your own soaps and detergents. For those staying in the seven bedrooms, the laundry is in your unit.


There are reverse osmosis faucets and ice machines in the Prep Kitchen, First Floor Lounge, and Basement Lounge.

Bike Storage

All bikes must be stored in the Bike Storage room, as should surfboards or other items from the beach. The shower in that space is to help you remove additional sand, and we also have 'tar-off' available should you find tar on your feet from the beach. Santa Barbara has a number of natural tar seeps. We make these efforts to keep the Residence in excellent condition, as both tar and bikes in the building lead to substantial damage.


Our first priority is to provide a comfortable environment for visitors and their families. We have a children’s play area designed for children aged 10 and below. We also have music rooms, foosball, and table tennis areas as well. Be aware that children are not to be within common spaces of the building in an unsupervised manner. We provide the common spaces for all of our visitors, and unsupervised children place a burden on both the visitors and our staff who feel obliged to then either correct behavior or be concerned about safety of the 
unsupervised child.


The Munger Residence and all KITP housing does not allow pets. If you plan to bring a pet, you will need to find your own housing.


Smoking is not permitted in the KITP Residence, in any units, common areas, or grounds, or outside of the complex. UCSB is s smoke free campus. Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the Residence.


You will not be able to receive mail at your residence address. Mail sent to your unit will be returned to the sender. You will have a mail box at Kohn Hall, which can also receive packages for you.

Please use this address:

Your Name






For events in the area:


About the Munger Physics Residence

The Charles T. Munger Physics Residence is designed as a premier living and casual collaborative environment for the KITP.  Located 1.2 miles west of Kohn Hall at 6560 El Colegio Road, Goleta, CA 93117, it’s easily accessible by foot in 25 minutes, or by bike or bus in less than 10 minutes. Ample indoor bike parking at both the Residence and Kohn Hall and convenient access to a bike path facilitates this mode of travel. At least one ZipCar will be located on-site, while overnight parking is a ten-minute walk from the Residence.  The Munger Residence achieved LEED Platinum.

This facility, which has been fully funded for construction and furnishings by Charles T. Munger, houses up to 61 KITP participants in a comfortable and intimate setting that promotes informal discussions and extends the collaborative interactions that are the hallmark of KITP’s mission. KITP visitors not staying at the Residence will have access to the common areas, as will KITP postdocs, graduate fellows, and scientific staff. 

With tall ceilings, thick walls, and generous proportions, all spaces within the Residence are designed for the activities that will occur; whether it be late-night science at the blackboard, barbecuing and dining together for program events, or playing with your children in the west yard or children’s play room. These common areas also include music practice rooms with three pianos, a number of open lounges, a Snooker room, and ping-pong tables. Wireless access is available throughout the facility, including the exterior.

Housing at the residence consists of one-, two-, and seven-bedroom apartments, all with king-sized beds, private baths, guest baths, and fully furnished living and dining rooms. All have full kitchens equipped with stainless steel appliances, coffee maker, dishwasher, and granite countertops. All necessary cookware, dishes, and silverware are included. A washer and dryer are available in each seven-bedroom suite, while other apartments share a large laundry room in the basement. There is also a fully equipped fitness center in the basement. 

One-bedroom apartments are excellent for a single long-term visitor, a couple, or a couple with an infant in a crib. These have a private bedroom, two large work desks, a furnished living/dining room, a kitchen, and one bath.

Two-bedroom apartments are optimized for families, with each bedroom having a private bath, plus an extra half bath for guests. Some two-bedroom apartments also have an extra study that could accommodate a short-term family guest or serve as a place for children to do their homework. Each bedroom has a large work desk. A full kitchen is adjacent to the living/dining room space. 

Seven-bedroom suites have seven private bedrooms, each with a private bath and a large work desk in the bedroom. These all share a very large living/dining room area (including a blackboard) and a double-sized kitchen with two stoves and two refrigerators. There is also a small meeting room adjacent to the kitchen with an additional blackboard and a large working table. Laundry is available within the suite, and a guest bathroom is available for visitors to the suite.

Each visitor will receive a welcome basket to ease the first day of arrival. Groceries are available at the nearby Isla Vista Food Co-op grocery store, while Costco, Albertson's grocery store, restaurants, and other big box stores are a short bus ride away via MTD line 28, with a stop just outside the Residence. The beach is a 15-minute walk, and the Residence has space in the bike room for storage of wetsuits and other beach materials. The frequent MTD express bus 24X also allows you to reach downtown Santa Barbara in less than 25 minutes.

The Munger Physics Residence houses the majority of KITPʼs visitors in a single nearby location. The land was contributed by UC Santa Barbara in Summer 2011 and the building was funded by Charles T. Munger in October 2014.

KITP Residence

A photo of the East entrance to the Charles T. Munger Physics Residence, a three story, 75,000 square foot facility that houses KITP visitors. Common space inside and outside allows for continued scientific interactions for the nearly thousand scientists who come to the KITP every year for programs in all of theoretical physics.

6560 El Colegio Road, Goleta, CA 93117

The Munger Residence: Location and Summary of Features
Lars Bildsten, Director
October 24, 2014

The Munger Residence has been designed according to LEED specifications.

Highlights of LEED-specified design in the Residence:

  • No carpet shall be installed within three feet of any exterior entry, bathroom, or kitchen. Use water resistant flooring (no carpet) in kitchen, bathroom, laundry room.
  • CO Sensors in each unit.
  • Low-flow-plumbing toilets with 1.3 gallons per flush or less, lavatory faucets with 1.5 gallons per minute or less, and shower heads with 1.75 gallons per minute or less.
  • All lighting fixtures are LED; 90% of lamps are ENERGY STAR.
  • ENERGY STAR appliances in units: ENERGY STAR refrigerator, ENERGY STAR dishwasher wtih 6.0 gallons per cycle or less, ENERGY STAR clothes washer, ENERGY STAR bathroom fan of at least 110 cfm.
  • Environmentally responsible paint and materials: Low VOC Paint, Low VOC and 25% post-consumer recycled insulation, Low VOC adhesive/sealant.
  • Cement/aggregate specification showing locally manufactured (within 500 miles).
  • Environmentally responsible landscaping: no invasive plants, 90% of plants are drought tolerant.
  • Drainage from the property is filtered and runs back to Phelps Creek.
  • Laundry ventilation to the exterior.
  • Used radon resistant construction techniques.
  • Highly energy efficient with state of the art mechanical equipment.
  • Ducts covered during construction for indoor air quality.
  • Efficient waste diversion management during construction.

KITP Residence LEED Specifications


Notes: Prices and terms are subject to change without notice. For most hotels, you must call the local (805) number for these in order to receive UCSB/KITP discounts.  N.B.: With nearly all local motels, there are some dates during the year (such as UCSB graduation weekend in June or during Old Spanish Days festival in August) when rates may be substantially higher.

For visits of 5 days or longer, West Cottages offers economical rates well below full-service motels but with (shared) cooking and laundry facilities. (KITP will reimburse a bicycle rental in addition to the normal per diem.)

For visits of 7 days or longer,  Extended StayAmerica offers economical weekly rates for studios with kitchenette and on-site laundry facilities. 

Some of the full-service motels below offer discounts for stays of 7 days or more off-season.  

Other Area Hotels

For a complete guide to area hotels and motels, including information about amenities and prices, check the Santa Barbara Convention & Visitors Bureau (available in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.)   See also John Dickson's

The list below provides a selection of local area hotels in varying price ranges

Notes: Prices and terms are subject to change without notice. It is usually best to call the local (805) number for these hotels, rather than use an (800) number or a reservation website. Calling the local number will enable you to get more accurate information about UCSB/KITP discounts, and about availability for your dates.  N.B.: With nearly all local motels, there are some dates during the year (such as UCSB graduation weekend in June or during Old Spanish Days festival in August) when rates may be substantially higher.

The Ramada Limited is located 4 miles from the campus and has lush gardens and a waterlily lagoon. 

The hotel has three two-room "family" suites; contact the hotel for availability and pricing.

Rooms have complimentary high-speed internet (both ethernet & wireless.)  All rooms feature interior corridors for guests' safety, microwaves, refrigerators, electronic safes, premium cable television with free HBO movies, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers, clock radios, a desk and two telephones.  Rooms feature a private balcony or patio. There is also a small business center for guest use. In addition, guests receive complimentary athletic club privileges at a local facility.

The hotel also offers complimentary taxi to/from the local airport or either train station. Upon arrival, call the Ramada or Gold Cab (805-681-9000) to take advantage of this free service.   The hotel also provides free taxi service to/from UCSB, available daily but limited to one round-trip per day. There is also nearby an off-road bike path to campus.

When you call, please identify yourself as a UCSB-KITP visitor  to get a discounted rate. You must guarantee your reservation with a credit card but, if you cancel by 4pm on the day prior to arrival, you will not be charged.  If you require any assistance with your reservation or rate, contact the Assistant General Manager at the local number listed below.

4770 Calle Real (805) 964-3511
Santa Barbara, CA 93110 (805) 964-0075 FAX

The Goodland, a Kimpton Hotel, is located across from the Calle Real Shopping Center, just 3 miles from KITP.  Rates vary seasonally and over weekends.  Request the UCSB rate, a 15% discount off the best available rate.  Group rates are available for blocks of 5 or more rooms; contact Joslyn Parizo (Joslyn [dot] Parizo [at] thegoodland [dot] com) for information.

The hotel features the Outpost Restaurant and Patio Bar, adjacent to cozy fire pits & a large, resort style pool, serves breakfast, dinner and weekend brunch. The Good Bar is the second bar on property with a patio & billiard room and offers live entertainment as well as grab & go breakfast and complimentary morning coffee. Additional amenities include, complimentary daily social hour (think free wine, beer, and a special cocktail), fitness center, boutique spa, complimentary bicycles, and same-day valet/laundry and dry cleaning service. Hotel Goleta is also a pet-friendly hotel, with no additional charge for furry family members.

An additional $25 (plus tax) resort fee will be added per room each night of your stay. This fee includes daily fitness classes, self-parking, WiFi access throughout the property with Kimpton Karma Rewards, complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby each morning, access to live music events, and local shuttle transportation within 2 miles of the property (based on availability).

5650 Calle Real (805) 964-6241
Santa Barbara CA 93111 (805) 964-8467 FAX

The recently-opened Hampton Inn is located only 2.5 miles from KITP, about 1.5 miles from the airport. No extra charge for double occupancy, up to 4 people per room.  Rooms start around $150; 7-day discount. Rates vary; check online. No shuttle service, but very conveniently located if you have a car. They are also on the #11 bus line, with service every 1/2 hour to campus during the daytime.

Rate includes complimentary breakfast. Free high speed internet access; free local phone calls. Swimming pool, fitness room. Near Old Town Goleta shops, but not convenient to bike/foot paths.

5665 Hollister Ave (805) 681-9800
Goleta CA 93117 (805) 681-9844 FAX

The Pacifica Suites Hotel is an "all-suites" hotel about 2 miles from KITP. Room rate includes: Complimentary wireless internet, cooked to order breakfast, evening wine reception, and shuttle service to and from Santa Barbara Airport. All suites have separate bedrooms, with a refrigerator, flat screen televisions in both rooms and a bath with separate dressing area. They offer a "corporate rate" to UCSB-KITP visitors.  Rates are higher on weekends and in summer. They are also on the #11 bus line, with service every 1/2 hour to campus during the daytime.

5490 Hollister Avenue (800) 338-6722
Santa Barbara CA 93111 (805) 683-6722

Motel 6 is a budget motel in a convenient location, much cheaper than the others above.   Getting from there to KITP requires use of a car or taxi.  (If attending a KITP Conference, you can take the KITP shuttle from the SouthCoast Inn, about 1/2 mile east.)  Rates change frequently; check their website for details.   

5897 Calle Real (805) 964-3596
Goleta CA 93117 (805) 683-0647 FAX

Super Eight is a budget motel located 1 and 1/2 miles from UCSB.  (Although their address is on Hollister, the entrance is from Fairview.)  Rates change periodically and are generally higher than Motel 6.  To be certain of getting the UCSB rate (a "15% discount rate"), ask for the front desk manager (Darryl) or the general manager (Renee). Super 8 offers complimentary Superstart Breakfast®, free high speed wireless internet, picnic & BBQ area, guest laundry, outdoor heated pool, and discounted day passes to Goleta Valley Athletic Club. They are conveniently located on the #11 bus line, with service every 1/2 hour to campus during the daytime. 

6021 Hollister Avenue (805) 967-5591
Goleta CA 93117 (805) 964-2461 FAX

This hotel has been recommended by some of our visitors who want to be right downtown at the beach.

202 W. Cabrillo Boulevard   805.965.4577
Santa Barbara, CA 93101  

Holiday Inn Express (Hotel Virginia) is a 61-room hotel in the downtown Santa Barbara area, near the beach and downtown sightseeing and shopping. It features classic 1920's art decor furnishings with modern amenities, such as free WiFi access. It is fully air-conditioned and has a private parking lot (there is a $7 per day parking fee).  Because of location, prices are more like a regular Holiday Inn than Express.

Rate includes a continental breakfast, and no extra charge for double occupancy (when available). To get the KITP special rate, let them know you are with "Theoretical Physics" at UCSB. The manager is Kay Mortar.

17 West Haley Street (800) 549-1700
Santa Barbara CA 93101 (805) 963-9757
  (805) 963-1747 FAX

There is 'hostel' in Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Tourist Hotel. This is a low-cost alternative located in the downtown Santa Barbara area.

134 Chapala St. (805) 963-0154
Santa Barbara, CA (805) 456-3926 FAX

Canary Santa Barbara is the only luxury hotel located in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara.  For those guests that want to be a stone’s throw away from the popular State Street shopping experience, Canary is the place to be.  Canary offers daily complimentary coffee service, a complimentary nightly wine hour and good company.  The hotel has a rooftop terrace that comes complete with a lounge area, pool , whirlpool spa and 360 degree views of Historic Santa Barbara.  Guests of the Canary have complimentary access to the innovative fitness center, Spectrum Club, located right next door to the hotel.  The hotel boasts an amazing bar & grill on property, Finch & Fork, that specializes in locally harvested/grown food & will knock the socks off of any foodie that steps through the door!  Canary is a pet-friendly hotel with no additional charge to bring your furry friends.
Canary welcomes all UCSB guests with a smile & a thank you.  If you have trouble booking the UCSB link listed below, please call the Sales Manager for assistance.

31 W. Carrillo Street 805.879.9146
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 805.879.9145 FAX
  Hotel Reservations

Extended Stay America
4870 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Pacifica Suites Hotel
5490 Hollister Avenue
Goleta, CA

Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
233 Castillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-2219


 Inn by the Harbor
  433 West Montecito St.
  Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  (805) 963-7851

Harbor House Inn
104 Bath St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962 9745

More information on several of these hotels is available on our off-campus web page or the the relevant hotel page.

Notes: Prices and terms are subject to change without notice. It is usually best to call the local (805) number for these hotels, rather than use an (800) number or a reservation website. Calling the local number will enable you to get more accurate information about UCSB/KITP discounts, and about availability for your dates.  N.B.: With nearly all local motels, there are some dates during the year (such as UCSB graduation weekend in June or during Old Spanish Days festival in August) when rates may be substantially higher.

Beach House Inn & Apartments

320 W Yanonali St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Casa Del Mar Inn Bed & Breakfast

18 Bath Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Secret Garden Inn & Cottages

1908 Bath Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 Phone: 805-687-2300

Motel 6

5897 Calle Real
Goleta CA 93117

(805) 964-3596

(805) 683-0647 FAX

Extended StayAmerica

4870 Calle Real
Santa Barbara CA

(805) 692-1882 (at the recording, press 0 for operator)

(800) 398-7829(805) 692-1833 FAX

Pacifica Suites

5490 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara CA 93111

 (800) 338-6722

(805) 683-6722

Some useful websites for visitors who must travel with a pet are: 

Please be aware that UCSB no longer permits pets in any university buildings.

Notes: Prices and terms are subject to change without notice. It is usually best to call the local (805) number for these hotels, rather than use an (800) number or a reservation website. Calling the local number will enable you to get more accurate information about UCSB/KITP discounts, and about availability for your dates.  N.B.: With nearly all local motels, there are some dates during the year (such as UCSB graduation weekend in June or during Old Spanish Days festival in August) when rates may be substantially higher.

There are some faculty housing options offered on or near the UCSB campus.  If in summer, see also link on left about UCSB Summer Housing.

West Cottages

For stays of 5 nights or longer, West Cottages, a UCSB facility, offers economical rates far below full-service motels but with cooking and laundry facilities.

UCSB Faculty Club Guest Rooms

The UCSB Club and Guest House offers 34 boutique hotel-style guest rooms—with single king, double queen, single queen, and ADA accessible options—for its variety of campus guests, including members, visiting scholars, families of students and more. Overnight guests enjoy continental breakfast with fresh, local and sustainable menu selections (complimentary for 2 overnight guests per room, per day). Visit our Front Desk for 24/7 assistance, browse available sundry and vending machine items or access our work-ready, self-service business center.



Phone: 805-893-7000

Please note that you will be charged for at least one night if you cancel less than 48 hours before your scheduled arrival date.

Some additional campus lodging options are available during the summer.

Summer Inn Santa Barbara

During the summer months when UCSB is not in session, there is a facility called Summer Inn Santa Barbara. This lodging is provided in a newer UCSB student-housing complex, Manzanita Village. Guests can use the complex's Carrillo Swimming Pool. The current year's dates of availability and rates for single and double rooms (there are many more doubles than singles) are available on their reservations site.  Summer Inn runs a free shuttle to and from the Goleta terminal of the Santa Barbara Airbus, Goleta Amtrak station, and the Santa Barbara Airport; check the Summer Inn website for shuttle hours and reservation information.

2016 rates varied from $95/night for a single room on a non-holiday weekday to $155 for a double room on a holiday weekend. Please make your own reservation by phone or by using the online registration form.

Santa Ynez Apartments

These apartments are available from late June until the end of August. You will need to submit your KITP invitation letter after reserving, in order to show that you are a KITP visiting scholar. They are located a half mile from the main campus (about 1.5 miles from KITP, and very close to our residence) on El Colegio Road. There are 200 two-bedroom apartments, which accommodate four people each. All apartments are furnished and include linen service and wireless high-speed Internet. The kitchen supplies are minimal, but more can be purchased at the nearby KMart. The complex has on-site laundry facilities and is accessible via bus or off-street bike and walking paths. The 2016 nightly rate was $145. Information and online reservations may be found at Guests receive a free parking pass for the apartment complex but not for campus.

West Cottages

These two guest cottages are located 3 miles west of campus, quite close to the beach. There are 12 private bedrooms, some with private baths and some with shared baths. Family-friendly suites are available. There are shared kitchen facilities and shared open living spaces. There are options for couples and families. The rooms require a minimum stay of 5 nights, and reservations must be made on their website at least 10 business days in advance. These are available year-round. The cost includes a campus parking pass.

You may also wish to review our On-Campus Lodging Information.