Isla Vista is an unincorporated community in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, it had a population of 18,344. The majority of residents are students at nearby University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The beach-side community is a census-designated place west of UCSB, on a flat plateau about 30 feet in elevation, separated from the beach by a bluff. Many paths connect the town to the beach.
Isla Vista enjoys a Mediterranean climate and often has slightly less precipitation than either Santa Barbara or the adjacent community of Goleta. Isla Vista is on a south-facing portion of the Santa Barbara County coast, between two small peninsulas, Coal Oil Point and Campus Point, in view of the Channel Islands.