Your Tropicana Gardens Suite: What’s Included and What to Bring
The first thing that you will be happy to know about a Tropicana Gardens Suite is that this soon-to-be home-away-from-home is not just the typical dorm room. A Tropicana Gardens suite comes equipped and ready-to-go with several living essentials that you won’t have to worry about transporting! The living room is furnished with a couch, a lamp, a chair and some tables, a bookshelf, a mini-fridge, and (wait for it) a large FLAT SCREEN TV (what?!). So, other than bringing decorative elements (such as throw pillows, rugs or posters) the living room is set!
Your bedroom, similarly, will come outfitted with a bed frame and mattress (twin XL), as well as a dresses, desk, and chair. Some bedroom basics to add to your packing list would be sheets (twin XL!), a comforter, and your favorite pillow. Many students also choose to bring along a mattress topper for increased comfort! I highly recommend bringing your computer, though the Trop on-site Study Lounge is equipped with 2 desktops as well as a printer especially for student use. Some easy-to-forget essentials include a laundry basket, phone charger/alarm clock, hooks, clothes hangers, and- the one I forgot, and sorely missed- a desk lamp. Some personal recommendations would be a whiteboard (scheduling, scorekeeping, doodling…), good headphones, and good-sized plastic storage bins. To hang up everything from posters to whiteboards to clothing hooks, command strips also come in handy.
As for the bathroom, a shower curtain is optional, as the showers here at Gardens come with a sliding glass door. A must is a shower caddy; this helps keep all your bathroom supplies organized and separated from your roommates’. Anti-slip bathroom mats were something I found to be very useful along the way, preventing the floor from getting wet and causing falls! Toilet paper, lots of it- the bane of every college student’s existence- is another easy-to-forget essential.
There are also some Isla Vista-specific items very useful in this particular beach-side paradise: most locals travel by bicycle, foot, or longboard, so these would be fun things to add to your packing list! (Tip: Bikes are often easiest to buy here in IV itself; there are a bunch of sales around Move-In Day, and this saves the trouble of transporting the bike!) A beach towel, doormat, and lots of sunblock are sure to complement those scenic days in the sand! In short—
Desk & Desk Chair
What To Bring:
Sheets (Twin XL)
That favorite pillow
Desk or Clamp Lamp
Command strips (to hang up posters, photos, etc.)
Towels (including Beach Towel!)
Toilet Paper + Holder
These things, the wonderful Trop amenities, this beautiful town and the people you meet will result in some of the best years of your life, trust me!