Tropicana Gardens is a residence hall that is managed by Tropicana Student Living management company. To most students, life in their first-year dorm or residence hall is at the heart of the college experience. It’s where friends are made, learning habits are tested and lifelong memories are created. That’s why your first-year housing choice is so important. Tropicana Gardens is committed to providing UCSB and SBCC students with the ultimate first year experience. We work closely with UCSB and SBCC faculty and staff to make that happen.
Tropicana Gardens provides a home for University of California, Santa Barbara students.
Yes, (RAs) live on every floor in each quad to ensure an environment suitable to academic excellence for our residents at Tropicana Gardens. In addition, our RAs help promote a convivial atmosphere by putting on a large assortment of events and programs for our residents. Some of these programs include: trips to Disneyland or Big Bear, Easter egg hunts, Quad Wars (pool jousting, tug-of-war, etc.), yoga lessons, soccer games and much more – you’ll essentially never have to look beyond the walls at Tropicana Gardens to have a fun time!
A suite includes bedrooms, bathrooms and a living room — but no kitchen. It’s a combination of dorm and apartment living, giving you the best of both worlds. You will enjoy apartment-style living, while the Trop Cafe provides all of your meals for you!
No! Many residents take the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) to and from school. With your activities chip on your SBCC Student ID card, it is free to ride any MTD bus. The 15X direct bus route to Santa Barbara City College stops right outside our building every 30 minutes during the school week, and takes approximately 25 minutes to get to City College. Students may also carpool with other City College students, which is another affordable way to get to and from school. For more information regarding the bus, please visit www.sbmtd.gov.
Resident Assistants are chosen in February-March for the following school year. We also hire students to work at our front desks. Check our website for other job postings. College Fresh, our food service provider, occasionally hires students as well.
Front Desk Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
Business Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Please call our front desk at (805) 968-4319, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click on the live chat icon on our web page. Our Director of Leasing, Director of Residence Life and our Executive Director can all be contacted through the front desk.
Phone: (805) 968-4319
Fax: (805) 968-5703 Email: email@example.com
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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. Target is located on the corner of Storke Road and Hollister Road. Bed Bath and Beyond is located off of the Fairview exit.
You can find a couple of restaurants in Isla Vista like Freebirds (Mexican), The Habit (burgers), Woodstock’s Pizza, Wing Stop, Kyle’s Chicken House, Sam’s to Go (sandwiches), Dominos, and Sushiya (sushi).
In Camino Real Marketplace you can find an array of nice restaurants. They include: Los Agaves, Anna’s Bakery, Chili’s, On the Alley, Mesa Burger, Blenders in the Grass, Starbucks, Hollister Brewing Company, and McDonald’s.
Mailboxes are in the lobby, next to the office. Please use your suite number when using your
mailing address in the following manner:
Suite # (Your Suite Number)
6585 El Colegio Road
Goleta, CA 93117-4614
The Tropicana offices have a bin for outgoing mail. Mail is picked up and delivered all
throughout the day and will be processed as they arrive. Please be patient with our front office
personnel while they are processing your mail and packages. We sort the mail and place it in
the proper mailbox for each of our residents. Mail and packages will be processed as it arrives.
Packages are held for residents behind the front desk and require identification and a signature
for pick up.
USPS, UPS, and FedEx do not deliver or pick up on Sundays or National Holidays.
At Tropicana Gardens, you sign an individual contract for a bed space in a shared residence hall suite. The pricing is per person, so you are responsible for you and only you, not your roommates. Your all-inclusive payments include:
Certain changes can be made. If a change is needed please please email our Director of Leasing, Laura Versola, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Yes. Tropicana Gardens offers 9-month academic year contracts as well as one or two quarter (UCSB) contracts. If you are interested in any contract period other than the standard Academic Year or Semester, contact Laura Versola at email@example.com for more information. You may apply for the Spring quarter during the academic year, as there may be vacancies available.
Tropicana Student Organization (TSO) is an elected group of residents that contributes ideas and votes on how to spend the activities budget. Some of the $150 activity fee that is paid at the beginning of the year goes towards this budget. All residents are invited to participate in TSO and run for positions such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Quad Representatives at the beginning of the year.
For current residents, please consult the Contract Termination section of your contract on your MyTropAccount.
Tropicana Student Living has a cancellation policy as follows:
BEFORE THINKING OF CANCELLING – HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:
Notes about the Cancellation Policy:
If you are a member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty and receive change-of-station orders to permanently leave the local area; are returned to active military duty; or are a national guard or reservist called to active duty, then you may terminate the Contract by giving written notice to us from the US Government.
See important dates for the move-in dates for our contract options.
We offer two types of early move-ins for Tropicana Gardens. The first early move-in option is $200 to move in the Saturday before the scheduled move in day, or $400 to move in the Friday before the scheduled move in day. If you are interested in this option the form is available on the My Trop Account after the contract is complete.
The second option is TEMPO: Tropicana Early Move-in Program and Orientation. For $500, you are able to move in on the Tuesday before the scheduled move in day, and you can participate in fun-filled week of activities like movies, downtown dinners, tours of Santa Barbara City College, and many helpful workshops.
For questions regarding TEMPO, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Residence Halls traditionally close for the Thanksgiving holiday, Winter Break (includes Christmas and New Year’s) and Spring Break. If you are unable to go home during SBCC or UCSB academic breaks because of school, athletic or work obligations, you may make arrangements to stay at Tropicana Gardens. Requests must be made in advance at the front desk and are approved on a case by case basis. Please note that there is a fee of $40 per day and there is no food service during academic breaks. We are open Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Please note that Academic Calendars are different for SBCC and UCSB.
If you are inside a building during an earthquake, stay inside.
Sit or crouch against an interior hallway or take cover under a desk or table.
Stay away from all glass areas such as windows and mirrors.
Leave the building when the shaking stops and remain outside.
Do not stand under overhangs on the outside of buildings. Move into the open and stay away from power lines.
Follow safety instructions given by staff.
Fire in the Building
Upon discovery of a fire, make sure that everyone is out of the room. Leave the room and close the door behind you. Break the nearest fire alarm box, pull the fire alarm, and dial 911 to report the fire. Contact the nearest staff member and evacuate the building. All fires must be reported, even those which were self-contained and were put out. According to state and federal law, the fire department needs to investigate every fire.
Fire Alarm Evacuation Procedure
Tropicana Gardens only offers different meal plan options to fit the needs of our residents. Residents can choose from 7, 10, 14, 17 or 19 meals a week for different rates. Please see our pricing page for the most up-to-date meal plan rates. Through our management company College Fresh we offer one of the finest university dining service programs available. Each meal is prepared daily with a strong emphasis on nutrition using fresh, grade-A ingredients. A variety of menu items are offered at each meal, including low-fat, vegetarian, and vegan options. A salad bar and fresh-baked desserts are offered daily. Our menu is listed and updated weekly in the café.
We work hard to accommodate a wide variety of tastes and needs. Each meal is properly labeled and offers at least one vegetarian meal option. It is best to alert our management staff to your needs:
Food Service Manager
We offer sack lunches that you can take with you. You are able to prepare and pack a sack lunch in the morning. Just let the checker at the door know that you’re taking a lunch to go and they’ll assign a meal to your account.
We offer late night 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM in the Tropicana Gardens cafe.
The Trop meal plan is only valid at our onsite café at Tropicana Gardens and at Tropicana Del Norte (1 block away.) If you will miss a meal, be sure to schedule a late meal or sack lunch in advance with the café.
Non-residents are welcome to purchase meal cards. Meal Card are:
Residents of our Villas at Tropicana apartments receive a 10% discount on the Academic Year Unlimited Meal Plan.
We provide numerous different room options. We offer single, double, triple, and quad occupancy bedrooms in the three different bedroom sizes. A single means one person in the bedroom, while a double means two people sharing, a triple means three people sharing, and a quad means four people sharing the one bedroom.
With our suite styles, we specifically offer:
Please refer to our suite layouts for a better understanding of the room options.
2 Bedroom/1 Bathroom Suite
3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom Suite
Tropicana is a co-ed building. The individual suites are assigned by gender. If you have any questions or special requests about your housing, please email email@example.com.
Residents will be able choose their suite or room though our online Roommate Matching and Room Selection service. Room choices will become available in late summer. Students who complete their contract by the time room selection takes place mid summer will have the opportunity to choose their own room.
Once your contract has been accepted, we will use your Profile to match you with compatible roommates, or you can find your own roommates by comparing profiles with other Trop residents. To use this feature, log in to My Trop Account. Choose your Term under the Application Tab, then click on Roommate Profile in the left column. Click the box to be included in the roommate searching process. Set up your own Profile Screen Name (for privacy reasons, we recommend using a nickname). Enter a short description of yourself that will be viewable by potential roommates.
You may search for roommates in three ways under the Roommate Request section:
Know who you want to room with? Search by first and last name, email and birth date.
Search by Profile Questions, selecting those questions that are most important to you.
Browse through other student profiles and see your compatibility score with them.
Find someone interesting as a potential roommate? Send a message, using this feature as a sort of interview for each other. Only your screen name is used during this interaction, so if you decide not to room with that person, your privacy is still protected. Once you find a good match, you can choose to room together by sending a Request, which they can Accept or Decline. Please remember that roommate requests must be mutual and accepted by both people for us to place two people together.
Students in the A and B bedroom share a bathroom, and all the students in the C bedroom share a bathroom. The number of students in those bedrooms depends on the contract type you choose and what suite mates you have.
Your suite comes furnished as follows:
* Shared desks are at the request of the majority of students that have lived with us in the past, to allow as much space in the room as possible.
If you bring your own furniture, note that the furniture provided by Trop must stay in your suite.
Things that you should bring are sheets (extra long twin), blankets, pillows, pillowcases, bedspread, towels, washcloths, toilet paper, alarm clock, computer, radio, beach towel, bicycle, lock, iron, non-halogen study lamp, and toiletries. You may also want to bring a personal TV for a bedroom (TV in living room is included), personal items, laundry soap, and a personal refrigerator All rooms have blinds on the windows.
Pianos, organs, drums, electric guitars, hookahs, guns, weapons, dart boards, pets, candles, incense, water beds and fire arms/explosives are not allowed at Tropicana Gardens.
All suites come furnished with a microwave and refrigerator. Please know that cooking is not permitted in the suites.
Cooking equipment, including but not limited to hot plates, toasters, George Foreman type grills, electric fry pans, toaster ovens, unattended cookers such as slow cookers or pressure cookers, rice cookers, hot oil popcorn poppers, open coil heating devices or anything with an exposed heating element, is not allowed in the residence hall.
Closed-element appliances, such as hot air popcorn poppers, single serving coffee makers (like a Keurig), blenders and refrigerators are allowed.
Yes, there is an Ethernet connection in each suite. Each resident may have several devices (laptop, smartphone) registered on our wireless connection.
Tropicana has an outside provider named Pavlov Media that hosts all of our Internet-related questions. Tropicana has both wireless and hard-wired Internet for your convenience. The Pavlov Media staff is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Their number is 1-888-472-8568 and their website is www.pavlovmedia.com.
With our 500 Mb of bandwidth, Tropicana should have high-speed service with excellent coverage. However, if you do experience slowdowns or other issues, be sure to email our Director of Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org if and when you experience any Internet issues, giving as much detail as possible (date/time, computer & browser used, wired vs. wireless, etc.).
If you have any internet issues, we want to hear about them! We have worked hard with our Internet Management Provider, Pavlov Media, to enhance the quality and strength of our wireless networks over the past year, and if there are any issues, don’t hesitate to let us know immediately so we can investigate and resolve them quickly!
The first step you can take is to verify that you are connected to the PavlovMedia wireless network, and make sure your wireless card is turned on.
If you have internet but it is slow you can go to http://tropicanastudenthousing.com/internet and submit an Internet Issue to our technology department. They will investigate the issue and get back to you as quickly as they can with an update or solution.
Alternatively, if you don’t have internet, or prefer not to go to the website above, you can always call our front desk or speak with your RA, and we would be happy to submit the Internet Issue for you, so our technology department can begin investigating.
Additionally, you are welcome to call Pavlov Media’s tech support line and have them help you troubleshoot issues. You can call their 24/7 phone number at 1 (888) 4-PAVLOV, or 1 (888) 472-8568. If you decide to call the Pavlov Tech Support line, you can also inform our technology department at email@example.com, so we can help follow up with Pavlov and you. If you choose to call Pavlov, it is important for you to call them as it is happening because they may ask you for specific information about your computer and connection.
There is a 24-quiet hour study lounge located onsite. In addition, our sister community, Tropicana Del Norte, has private study rooms and an additional 24 hour quiet study lounge. UCSB campus also offers plenty of of study space for students.
We have vehicle parking above ground and underground available for sale and plenty of bike parking. Parking applications will be available in early August with move-in information.
Tropicana Gardens has two on-site laundry facilities which are located in the St. Croix and Barbados Quads. To wash one load of laundry costs $2.00; to dry one load of laundry is $1.50. Our laundry machines are card operated only. You can pay to wash and dry your laundry with a credit/debit card. You can go online to see how many machines are available or how much longer your laundry has.
Go to –
URL : http://www.laundryalert.com/
Tropicana Gardens is a 100% smoke-free building. We do not offer any smoking areas on premises, and smoking must be done off property. The same policies apply to all vapes and e-cigarettes. They can not be smoked in the suite and we do not offer any smoking areas on premises.
The best place to start is with your Resident Assistant (RA), who is a student staff member living on your floor. The Director of Residence Life and the Executive Director are professional staff members who focus on the students’ concerns while living at Trop. There are also counseling services available on the UCSB campus.
The Community Standards can be found in the Student Handbook, located on our website. Each resident will also receive an orientation to our community standards during the Town Hall meeting on move-in day and during a suite meeting with their RA during the first month of school.
All early arrival scheduling can be arranged through Laura Versola, the Director of Leasing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tropicana has summer camps moving in immediately upon the closing of the academic year, but we may be able to accommodate you. If you will be departing later than the closing date of Tropicana Gardens please contact Laura Adams, the Director of Leasing, at email@example.com.
Every year we house more than 50 international students at Tropicana. We have welcomed residents from all over the world including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and many more.
Yes. Many residents take the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) bus to and from downtown Santa Barbara and the nearby Camino Real Marketplace. With your UCSB student ID card, it is free to ride any MTD bus. The 24x bus line south takes you downtown and 24X heading north takes you to Camino Real Marketplace.