About Tropicana Student Living

Tropicana Del Norte is a private residence hall for Santa Barbara City College students students located directly adjacent to the UCSB campus. With 51 furnished suites, onsite dining, light housekeeping, and on-site Resident Assistants, Tropicana Del Norte offers a four-year college residence hall experience for SBCC students, who would otherwise have to commute or live in apartments. Tropicana Del Norte provides an environment that supports academic success and facilitates a strong sense of community. We encourage our SBBC residents to participate in UCSB’s cross-enrollment program and provide free tutoring services. The convenience (door-to-door transportation to SBCC via MTD) and amenities (such as heated pool, recreation room, 24-hour study lounge, and covered/uncovered parking) make Tropicana Del Norte extremely popular with SBCC students.


Tropicana Gardens is a privately managed residence hall that caters to UCSB students. Close to lecture halls and athletic venues, Tropicana Gardens is home to a diverse community of UCSB students. With 109 furnished suites, onsite dining, light housekeeping, and on-site Resident Assistants, Tropicana Gardens offers a four-year college residence hall experience like traditional residence halls through UCSB. Its convenient location and resort-style amenities (such as heated pool, fitness room, recreation room, and on-site café), makes it a favorite amongst incoming UCSB freshmen, transfer students, international students and athletes. Tropicana is proud to be the Official Student Housing Sponsor of UCSB Athletics.


The Tropicana Villas apartments, situated three blocks from UCSB and five blocks from the beach, caters specifically to continuing students and provides independent apartment living while offering the convenience of by-the-bed leasing and Joint and Several leases, along with discounted rates at the Trop cafés. The Villas has 48 fully furnished units, a heated pool, recreation room, laundry room and parking.