My daughter is starting at UCSB for an exchange year in Sept (from UK). I am travelling over with her to see her settled in, and plan to stay about a week, as she has to start induction classes before she can move into Uni accommodation.
I need advice on the following please:
1. Recommendations of places to stay - we would prefer to be near to UCSB and would prefer an apartment/suite to a hotel room, since we are staying a week.
2. best shops to go locally to buy essentials for her year (which we can't bring with us) eg bed linen, bicycle etc
3. Should I arrange car hire before I arrive or is this easy to do locally ?
4. I would also appreciate suggestions of things for me to do/places to see during the day (while my daughter is on her induction course)