Move-In & Parking Info

Trop Early Move-in Program and Orientation (TEMPO)

Trop Early Move-In Program and Orientation (TEMPO) starts Tuesday August 20, 2019 for SBCC students and Tuesday September 17, 2019 for UCSB students.  TEMPO is an orientation program that covers important topics concerning incoming freshmen, including healthy eating, dealing with relationships, touring the campus, picking up their books, finding their classes, field trips around the city and getting to know 50+ other new Trop students.  The fee for TEMPO is $500.00 and includes meals, field trips, etc.

TEMPO registration will open on 2/1/19.

Click below for a SAMPLE TEMPO Schedule



When Can I Move In?

Standard Move-In for SBCC students begins at 9 am on Sunday, August 25, 2019 for Fall Semester.

Standard Move-in for UCSB students begins at 9 am on Sunday, September 22, 2019 for Fall Quarter.

Can I move in early?

Residents can move in up to two days early for a $200 nightly fee. 


Parking is not included in your contract, as many students choose to use alternative forms of transportation. The parking prices listed below are one time costs for the year, and are assigned spaces. All spots are assigned based on a first come, first served basis. 

Location Yearly Price
Tropicana Gardens Assigned Covered $2000
Tropicana Gardens Assigned $1500
Tropicana Del Norte Assigned Underground Space $1250
Tropicana Del Norte Assigned Space $850

These prices are subject to change.

Once your contract has been confirmed complete by Tropicana you will be able to apply for TEMPO, Early Move-In and Parking. To apply for any of these options please login to your MyTropAccount and select the link for the program you want to apply for.

What to Bring

Besides your clothes and books, things that you should bring are sheets (extra long twin), blankets, pillows, pillowcases, bedspread, bath towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, alarm clock, computer, beach towel, bicycle, bike lock, non-halogen study lamp, and toiletries. All rooms have blinds on the windows. 

Where Can I buy Stuff?

Located on Storke Road, Camino Real Marketplace is your best bet for all basic shopping needs. The shopping center includes Home Depot, Staples, Costco, Best Buy, Home Goods, and Ross. You can find this marketplace by going west on El Colegio and turning right onto Storke Road; it will be located a few blocks down on your left-hand side. 

Come for a Tour

Come by anytime between 10:00am and 5:30pm to tour the property and see if Tropicana Gardens is the right place for you!

PARKING: Visitor parking can be found in the back of Tropicana Gardens in spaces 56 and 57. Please park in the spaces marked Visitor and note the number of your parking space. We'll be happy to issue a parking pass while you visit our communities!