Tropicana Gardens is a private residence hall for University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) students. We are located on the edge of the lively student community of Isla Vista. Relax by our heated pool, play a game of ping-pong in the rec room or work out in the Fitness Center. Take a short bus ride to go shopping in Goleta or sightseeing in Santa Barbara.
Our on-site cafe provides you with a buffet restaurant style experience. You’ll have your choice of 7, 10 (included in standard with contract), 14, 17 or 19 meals per week. No need to worry about grocery shopping, cooking or cleaning a kitchen! Everything is freshly prepared, never frozen or canned. There are always vegetarian options available.
Students traditionally go home during academic breaks. As an International Student, you may stay in your suite at no additional charge for Thanksgiving, Winter & Spring holidays, if you choose not to explore the United States or go home. Our on-site cafe is closed during all academic holidays and the front desk will have reduced hours.
Students arriving early are welcome to move in early to Tropicana Gardens. Arrangements can be made in accordance with the required arrival dates of UCSB Office of International Student Services. Students who have signed an Academic or Semester Lease are welcome to stay for no additional cost until the start of their contract. Students who have not signed a lease are welcome to stay at Tropicana as a temporary resident for the current nightly rates for a minimum of 7 days. When temporary residents sign an Academic or a quarter Lease they will have all nightly rates waived and previous funds applied towards their Academic or quarter Lease. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email the Leasing Department for more information.
Questions? Call (805) 968-4319. Apply now to reserve your space.