Survey Suggests Housing Needs Critical
Last spring, out of a pool of nearly 4,900 campus employees queried by e-mail or regular mail, 2,237 (or 46 percent) responded to a set of questions about housing and transportation information and issues. While analysis of the results continues, and a Web site is being constructed, a few highlights can be presented now:
majorities of respondents live in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area, be they
renters (80 percent) or homeowners (73 percent).
- They have worked at UCSB an average of 10.9 years and worked in the Santa
Barbara area for an average of 15.3 years.
- More than 60 percent of the 940 employees who rent or lease report they
would “seriously consider” leaving campus employment if they fail to purchase
a home in the surrounding area.
- Employees working 10 years or less at UCSB are more likely to consider
leaving than those who have worked here more than 10 years by a ratio of
65 percent to 49 percent, respectively.
- If UCSB offers affordable housing near campus, 91 percent of the 314
renters who are planning to move at some future date are somewhat or extremely
interested in renting a unit.
- Driving alone to campus was the primary mode of commuting for 64 percent
of respondents; 36 percent rode with others or bicycled.
- Among employees who do not vanpool, 41 percent are interested in doing