Crypto 2023

August 19-24, 2023

Santa Barbara, USA

Travel & Venue Information

The conference will be held on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). UCSB is located approximately two miles from the Santa Barbara airport, and about 10 miles from the city center of Santa Barbara. The airport is served by over 20 flights a day from major US hub airports. Many rental car agencies are available in the immediate area. Santa Barbara is approximately 100 miles (160km) north of the Los Angeles airport and 350 miles (560km) south of San Francisco.

Plenary sessions will be held in the UCSB Corwin Pavilion. Crypto 2023 will run as a triple track conference, with meeting rooms in the Corwin Pavilion, Lotte Lehmann Hall, and MCC Theatre.

On-Campus Accommodations

On-campus accomodations consist of dormitory rooms (dorms) and a small number of hotel-style rooms at the Club & Guest House. Note that children under the age of 13 cannot stay in on-site accommodations, so those bringing younger children will need to make separate arrangements in one of the nearby hotels.

UCSB Dormitories

Rates: see the Conference & Hospitality Services site for detailed information

Reasonably priced on-campus accommodations are available in the university residence halls (dorms) for conference attendees and their registered guests. These have shared bathrooms for the floor. Shared rooms are also available at a reduced rate.

Register for the dorms

Club & Guest House at UC Santa Barbara

Rates: see this flyer for more information

A small number of hotel-style rooms are available at the Club & Guest House.

Register for the Club & Guest House

Off-Campus Accommodations

For those who choose not to stay on campus, the following is a list of hotels which have provided room blocks for Crypto 2023. Those who choose to stay off campus are responsible for making their own reservations. Early reservations are advised since August is a popular season in Santa Barbara. Note that none of the hotels is walking distance to the venue.

Blocks of rooms have been reserved for Crypto 2023 attendees at Best Western South Coast Inn, Hampton Inn, and Marriott Courtyard during the dates of Friday, August 18 – Friday, August 25, 2023. The hotel rates listed below do not include additional taxes and fees. You must mention UCSB Crypto when you are making your reservations so you will be eligible for the room block rate, which can be a significant savings.

Rates for Thursday, Friday & Saturday night stayovers are often significantly higher. For further information or to find other hotels in the area, Visit Santa Barbara is a good resource.

Best Western Plus South Coast Inn

Distance from venue: 10 minute drive

Free breakfast and parking, pool, gym, non-smoking, and high speed internet access. To reserve a room under the UCSB Crypto room block and receive the associated discount, you may call or click the link below.

Reserve at Best Western

Hampton Inn

Distance from venue: 5 minute drive

Free hot breakfast/wifi/parking, non-smoking, outdoor pool, gym, pet-friendly rooms, and business center/meeting rooms. To reserve a room under the UCSB Crypto room block and receive the associated discount, you may call and use the group code "CPT" or click the link below.

Reserve at Hampton Inn

Marriott Courtyard

Distance from venue: 5 minute drive

Airport shuttle, gym, business center, EV charging, high-speed internet, parking ($10/day). To reserve a room under the UCSB Crypto room block and receive the associated discount, you may call or click the link below.

Reserve at Marriott Courtyard


Parking at UCSB is $8/day. Attendees from other UC campuses can utilize the UC Reciprocity visitor parking benefit.

Parking permits are required on campus at all times, and guests will need to purchase a parking permit if they are bringing a vehicle to campus. Permits are only valid in the lot designated. Be cautious of where you park. Guests are responsible for following parking rules and for any penalties.

For attendees staying at the Club & Guest House

Specific parking instructions for guests of the Club & Guest House are available on their website.

For attendees staying in Anacapa or Santa Rosa residence halls

Lot 2 is the closest lot to Anacapa and Santa Rosa Residence Halls. Please note that the availability of Lot 2 is extremely limited. You will need your vehicle's license plate number to purchase your permit. Go to the ParkMobile website, use the "Ready to Park Now" link on the full version of the website or the "Enter Zone Number" screen on the mobile app. The Zone Number is 2690. Your Lot 2 permit will be valid in the Parking Structure 18 and Parking Structure 22 in case you find Lot 2 to be full. Your permit will also allow you to park temporarily in green 40-minute spaces for unloading purposes.

For attendees staying off-campus

Parking Structure 18 or Parking Structure 22 are where guests staying off-campus should park. You will need your vehicle's license plate number to purchase your permit. When you arrive at one of these parking structures, proceed to one of the pay stations in the structure and follow the prompts on the screen to purchase a multi-day permit. Be sure to select the total number of days you will be on campus, including your arrival and departure days. Your permit will also allow you to park temporarily in green 40-minute spaces for unloading purposes.

Dietary Requirements

Receptions at Crypto 2023 will cater to a variety of dietary preferences, with refreshments notated as e.g., vegetarian or vegan. If you have special dietary restrictions beyond this, such as Kosher, Halal, or food allergy accommodation requests, please notate those when booking lodging (if on-campus) and at registration.

Please note that the deadline for special dietary requests is July 15th. Due to catering planning timelines, we cannot accept special requests after this date.

Summer COVID Protocols

Attendees are encouraged to test for COVID before arrival and should stay home if any symptoms of illness are present.

Attendees who test positive for COVID while on campus are encouraged to depart campus within 24 hours. Attendees who test positive for COVID should mask around others and follow current CDC COVID isolation guidelines.

Summer conference guests who are ill should not participate in conference events and should not visit the Dining Commons. If an ill guest has Dining Commons meals as part of their room & board package, they may have another conference attendee pick up a "Sick Meal" authorization form from the 24/7 front desk in their area and present the completed form to the Dining Commons lobby checker who will allow them to retrieve a meal for the ill attendee.

Masking is optional.

Other Travel Notes

Anacapa 24/7 Desk

Due to a construction project to replace part of the roof in Santa Rosa, the 24/7 front desk for the Channel Island 5 residence halls (Anacapa, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Cruz, and Santa Rosa) will be in Anacapa residence hall this summer. The 24/7 front desk phone number is 805.893.2772.

Lactation Rooms

Lactation rooms/pods are available. Please contact Whitney Morris from the UCSB Conference & Hospitality Services for more information.

Construction on Highway 217

A bridge replacement project on Highway 217, just north of the Henley Gate entrance to UCSB, will begin in mid-April. Please allow extra travel time.

This construction may impact airport access, as the Sandspit Road on and offramps may be periodically closed. Passengers traveling to and from the Santa Barbara Airport will be advised to use the Highway 101/Fairview Avenue exits or an alternate route to access the Terminal during this time.

Road information and updates can be found on Caltrans District 5's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. On the day of travel, visitors can use Quickmap (under "Options" be sure to check the boxes for "Lane Closures", "Full Closures", "CHP Incidents" and "Highway Information" in the Road Conditions section).