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Cal State University Channel Islands

Ventura, CA
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Cal State University Channel Islands, Ventura California

Description

Cal State Channel Islands has the feel of a master planned community. The grounds are lush and pretty, and a lot of money has obviously been poured into everything, but that can't entirely cancel out the fact that it's in the middle of some very dusty, nasty agricultural fields. It's a strange feeling as you drive up to the campus. You're in the middle of no-mans-land. Not a tree in sight. Then you reach the road that leads to the university and finally there are some trees. But still it's a long drive up through nothingness until you finally reach some signs of life. It must be strange to live there with basically nothing you can walk to. Definitely not a cool college town, though with Old Town Camarillo being revitalized there may soon be a place fairly nearby to hang out.
But the campus is pretty, the weather is great, and the library is ultra modern with row upon row of spanking new computers.
The campus is built on a former psychiatric hospital so there are some elegant historical buildings. There are wide lawns and established large trees. Little mountains with Flintstones-style boulders pop up here and there. And colorful CSUCI flags with dolphins adorn every light post.
The campus extends to a tiny master-planned community of cookie cutter faculty apartments and homes. All new and tidy with little lampposts. The hills here with the little boulders are nice.
Old Town Camarillo, which has been revitalized recently, has a cool European-style cafe with super good food, Panini Place, plus stylish Element Coffee where you can hang out with free wifi. A walk around the old town to beautiful St. Mary Magdalen Church is really pleasant.
Camarillo Ranch House, where Adolfo Camarillo lived, is one of the nicest Victorian houses I've seen- it's well worth visiting and you can learn more about the area from the great tour guides. Valle Lindo Park is a large park filled with redwoods, bridges, winding paths, and play equipment- a pleasant place for a walk or to stop with your kids.

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Cute boulder-strewn hills.
Cute boulder-strewn hills.
Awesome flags hanging from the ceiling in the library. Kids love these!
Awesome flags hanging from the ceiling in the library. Kids love these!
Place for kids to sit and enjoy all the brand new children's books in the library.
Place for kids to sit and enjoy all the brand new children's books in the library.
Side view of the library.
Side view of the library.
Mountains near faculty housing.
Mountains near faculty housing.
Grassy area near entrance to faculty housing.
Grassy area near entrance to faculty housing.

Directions

If southbound on Highway 101, don't follow the signs because they will take you forever through agricultural and industrial junk. Exit at Lewis Rd. Turn left on Ventura Blvd, and then right on Lewis Rd. Follow it for 2 1/2 miles and then turn left on University Dr. It's almost 2 miles and then you reach the campus.
From Highway 101 northbound, exit at Lewis Rd/CA-34. Follow Lewis Rd south and then turn left on University Drive.
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The address is 1 University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012, call (805) 437-8400.

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CJ
07/12/2010 14:37
I learned so much from the profesors here.

Nari
10/01/2009 14:08
Go Baby Dolphins!!!

Last Updated Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:36:23 GMT