Originally Posted by Cadfael
You need to check out apartments in Isla Vista.
It is like 5 miles down from Santa Barbara, has apartments on the beach, much lower rents, and it is where the UCSB students stay and live.
So this isnt accurate at all imo. First it's north of sb proper, probably More like 10 miles. Second, rent in iv is crazy expensive. 3 and 4 people often share rooms to "afford" it. Also your wife will almost definitely hate the noise that is pervasisve through the whole town. It is right in the beach, so that's cool, but unless you're a single creeper (at op's age) it's not really where you wanna be I wouldn't think. Not saying iv isn't awesome, it is, but it isn't really cheaper than downtown, and there basically no chance to have your own place aside from a studio or 1 bedroom apartment.