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Registration, Lodging, Extracurriculars



Registration / Lodging / Getting Around / Extracurriculars

[Man and woman walking down Bondi Promenade]


$150 REGULAR REGISTRATION / Full-Time Faculty [by Sep. 19] [NOW CLOSED]

$175 LATE REGISTRATION / Full-Time Faculty [Sep. 20 – Oct. 18]

$75 REDUCED REGISTRATION / Students, Non-Regular Faculty, Independent Practitioners

*If you are UCSB faculty or student, there is no charge for attending the conference; if you are not a presenter and want to pre-register and have a name-badge and conference program set aside for you, please send an email to Eileen Joy:


See also PDF of advance print program HERE.


* * LODGING * *

Preferred Discounted Hotels:

(1) Franciscan Inn [downtown Santa Barbara]

*ask for BABEL Conference/UCSB English Dept. rate

Price Range [per night]: $95 [Wed-Thur]/$185-$200 [Fri/Sat]

(2) Hotel Santa Barbara [downtown Santa Barbara]

*ask for UCSB/BABEL Working Group rate

Price Range [per night]: $159-$189 [Wed/Thur]/$209-$259 [Fri/Sat]

(3) Courtyard Marriott [Goleta, closer to campus]

*ask for UCSB/BABEL Working Group rate

$209.00 per night

Other Recommended Inexpensive Lodging Options*:


Agave Inn

Bath Street Inn

Casa Del Mar Inn

Hotel Indigo

The Inn at East Beach

Marina Beach Motel

Mason Beach Inn

The Presidio Motel

*keep in mind that there are many lodging options in downtown Santa Barbara, but the key, if you will not have a car, is to be near either The Franciscan Inn or Hotel Santa Barbara, or near any of the stops for the 11, 5X and 24X city bus lines [more on which below]



Go HERE for a map of campus (key sites for conference are: the Bus Loop, where city buses drop off passengers; Lot 3, where the Saturday shuttle will drop off passengers; Parking Structure 22, where you will park if you drive to campus; University Center; Loma Pelona Center; and HSSB: Humanities and Social Sciences Building). Also go HERE for a map of campus on which we have added red arrows pointing to key sites for the conference.

Special Note: the Humanities & Social Sciences Building (HSSB: location of the McCune Conference Room, #6020) is architecturally intricate (= confusing). Look for the highest tower-like point on the triangular-shaped building, with the red designs around the roof. You cross through a courtyard to enter this tower. This is the only part of the building that has 6 floors, and the McCune Conference Room is located on the 6th floor (#6020). If you find yourself in a part of the building where the elevator only goes to the 4th floor, exit the building and walk through the courtyard to the other entrance.


If you are flying in, although Santa Barbara has a small municipal airport, the best best (for a wide variety of arrival and departure times on multiple carriers) is typically to fly into LAX and take the Santa Barbara Airbus [] to Santa Barbara — you will want the Santa Barbara-Hyatt Hotel stop if you are staying in downtown Santa Barbara, and from there you will need a taxi (cheap/short ride: 7 minutes), or you can take the waterfront shuttle #31 at the corner of Cabrillo & Ninos (15 minutes, as long as you arrive before 6pm on Thursday or before 9pm on Fri-Sat), to get to most points downtown — or rent a car. The drive along the coast (roughly 2 hours, but it can sometimes take 3 if traffic is awful) is gorgeous. You can, of course, fly directly into the Santa Barbara airport, which is right next to campus, and which is serviced by: Alaskan Airlines, American, Frontier, United, and US Air, with direct flights from Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle — so, if you’re starting out from one of these places, or flying an airline that services the Santa Barbara airport with a stopover in LAX, flying directly into Santa Barbara might be a good bet. If you are already on the west coast, you might also want to know that there are several Amtrak train routes that go through Santa Barbara, and that the train station downtown is within walking distance of the 2 conference [and many other] hotels.


Directions from the south (downtown Santa Barbara):

Take the 101 freeway north to the “UCSB/Ward Memorial” (Highway 217) off-ramp. Take the 217 until it ends at the UCSB campus gate. Turn right into Mesa Road. Go 1/2 mile and turn left onto Ocean Road. Ocean Road will veer right at the bus loop. Continue on Ocean Road to the intersection of Ocean and El Colegio. Parking is available in Lot 22. Lot 22 is a parking structure; it will be on your left after you pass the El Colegio intersection on Ocean Road.

Directions from the north:

Take the 101 freeway south to the Los Carneros exit. Turn right on Los Carneros, and follow it until it ends at El Colegio Road. Turn left on El Colegio and go 1/2 mile. Parking is available in Lot 22. Lot 22 is a parking structure. Turn right on Ocean Road and the structure will be on your left.


Parking Structure 22 is the best place to park for our conference (indeed, there will be signs directing you to Lot 22 from both the east and west entrances to the university, and there will also be signs directing you from Lot 22 to the University Center, where Registration will be located, just inside the main entrance next to the University Bookstore). You can buy a permit at the marked dispensers located in the parking lot and display it on your windshield. Dispensers accept cash and credit cards. (Driving directions to campus from north and south — above — tell you exactly how to get to this parking structure.) If you want to use Google Maps or GPS to plot your course to the parking structure, use this address: 22 Parking Structure, Isla Vista, CA 93117.


The main mode of transportation for the conference for those staying in downtown Santa Barbara and also at the Courtyard Marriott in Goleta, on Thursday and Friday,* will be the 11, 15x, 24x, and 27 lines of the Santa Barbara city bus system (for all those who need them, we will be issuing 10-ride bus passes, which can be picked up at Registration).

from The Franciscan Inn >

go to corner of Castillo and Montecito (2-1/2 blocks)

take 15X bus towards Isla Vista/UCSB (approx. 35 minutes)

get off at UCSB: North Hall Bus Loop & follow signs to University Center

Google Map directions HERE

from Hotel Santa Barbara >

go to Transit Center on Chapala Street, between W. Figueroa and W. Carrillo (5-1/2 blocks)

take  11 bus towards State/Hollister/UCSB (approx. 50 minutes) or the faster 24x bus towards UCSB/Camino Real Market (approx. 20 minutes)

get off at UCSB: North Hall Bus Loop & follow signs to University Center

Google Map directions HERE

from Courtyard Marriott Goleta >

there is a bus stop just outside the hotel at the corner of Storke & Phelps

take either the 11, 15x, 24x, or 27 (approx. 15 minutes)

get off at UCSB: North Hall Bus Loop & follow signs to University Center

Google Maps directions HERE

*on Saturday, in addition to city bus service, we will also be providing a shuttle service via Santa Barbara Airbus, which will run continuously from 8:00am to 6:30pm, with pick-ups and stops at The Franciscan Inn, Hotel Santa Barbara, Courtyard Marriott in Goleta, and Lot 3 at UCSB



Favorite Restaurants + Bars + Coffee/Tea Shops in Downtown Santa Barbara:

Arlington Tavern

21 West Victoria

(New American + farm-to-table + amazing wine & beer list)

Blue Tavern

119 State Street

(quintessential Californian fare “seen through the culinary lens” of a Peruvian chef who has twice been a James Beard finalist; good for vegetarians)


9 West Victoria

(California-French fusion + locally-sourced food + regional wines)

Carlito’s Cafe Y Cantina

1324 State Street

(Mexican + award-winning Blue Agave tequila margaritas + good for vegetarians)


1114 State Street

(taqueria + tequila bar; good for vegetarians)

Crushcakes & Cafe

1315 Anacapa Street

(cupcakery + coffee/tea + sandwich/salad cafe; vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free friendly)

Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar

38 West Victoria (in the Public Market)

(Thai-inflected noodle bar + beer/wine; good for vegetarians)

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

137 Anacapa Street

(microbrewery taproom)

The French Press

2 Locations: 1101 State Street + 528 Anacapa Street

(simply the best coffee & tea in town + free wireless)

The Hungry Cat

1134 Chapala @ Apanamu

(primarily seafood + amazing oysters + best bartender in town)


1311 State Street

(American/European fusion cuisine)

La Super Rica Taqueria

622 N. Milpas

(quite simply a Santa Barbara institution; cheap and no frills; you will stand in line for a long time on the sidewalk, but you will be happy; it was Julia Childs’ favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara: no lie)

The Lark

131 Anacapa Street

(Central Coast, locally-sourced & seasonal cuisine; communal tables; good for vegetarians)

The Lucky Penny

131 Anacapa Street

(wood-fired pizza + sandwiches + beer/wine)

The Marquee

1212 State Street

(martini lounge: excellent pre- or post-dinner drinks location)

Milk and Honey

30 West Anapamu

(wide selection of tapas dishes + other best bartender in town + non-stop vintage cartoon videos)

Municipal Winemakers

22 Anacapa Street

(wine-tasting bar; there are, in fact, quite a few winery tasting venues in what is known as Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, but this is one of our favorites)

Olio Pizzeria

11 West Victoria Street

(casual, artisanal pizzeria + enoteca)

Olio e Limone

11 West Victoria Street

(gorgeous yet small Italian crudo bar + excellent cocktails)

Opal Restaurant & Bar

1325 State Street

(eclectic Californian cuisine/multicultural American, “often with an Asian flair”)

Paradise Cafe

702 Anacapa Street

(classic/historic and much beloved Californian-style cafe and art deco bar)

Petros Restaurant

1316 State Street

(Hellenic-Californian; good for vegetarians; beautiful interior + partially-enclosed terrace)

Sama Sama Kitchen

1208 State Street

(Indonesian-inflected locally-sourced dishes; tapas-style; amazing cocktails; gorgeous enclosed patio; good for vegetarians; Eileen’s current fave)


514 State Street

(Mexican cocina + tequila bar; good for vegetarians; gets a bit rowdy from happy hour onward + can be a bit too, touristy, but ….)

Santa Barbara Brewing Company

501 State Street

(American pub food + locally-crafted beers)

Savoy Cafe & Deli

24 West Figueroa

(locally-sourced diner/deli-style food with lots of vegan/vegetarian offerings)

Seven Bar & Kitchen

224 Helena Avenue

(hip burger/sandwiches/salads + drinks joint)

Sojourner Cafe

134 East Canon Perdido

(mostly-veggie and vegan-friendly casual cafe)

Tupelo Junction Cafe

1218 State Street

(Southern-influenced comfort food; a local favorite)

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