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Taking the Next Step: What to Bring When you Move In to Your First College Apartment

Written by Brendan L on Monday, 24 August 2020. Posted in Student Life

Taking the Next Step: What to Bring When you Move In to Your First College Apartment

Moving out of the residence halls and going to the Villas apartments was a relatively smooth transition for me. Having a kitchen was definitely a plus. There were a few things that I learned along the way that I didn’t really expect from apartment life.

One of the things that saved me a lot of time and hassle was the fact that Villas was fully furnished when I moved in. The Villas living room comes with a sofa, a large chair, a coffee table, media table, end table, and a large screen TV. Every resident receives a bed frame & mattress, desk & desk chair, and dresser in their bedroom. The kitchen comes with a gas stove, microwave, a full sized refrigerator, as well as a dining room table with 4 chairs.

If you’re going to be moving in to an apartment or shared living situation, or if you’re living in one now, I have a few suggestions on how to make the most of your first time out on your own:

  • Cheaper by the Dozen Buying in bulk can help save you money if you’re your roommates work together and decide what to buy. Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, eggs, milk, etc., are great things that roommates can pitch in to purchase in bulk since you’ll all likely need them. Cooking meals together, or scheduling nights where roommates work together to make food for everyone else will not only help you save money, it’ll also bring you closer together.
  • This is College, not Buckingham Palace Chandeliers and crystal stemware might have to wait until after you graduate. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t live in complete comfort and style while going to school! Decorate your space with throw pillows, some artwork, and a lamp or two. Head to your local department store with your roomies and go in on a nice durable set of coffee mugs and dishes to share. Forks and spoons always disappearing? Load up at the thrift store, or buy a bunch from Bed, Bath & Beyond or Target! The goal to keep in mind when decorating or buying things for your apartment is that the castle you’re creating is short term. You don’t want to be terribly attached to a coffee mug, because likely that’ll be the one your roommate breaks by accident. Just think how you’d feel if it was a crystal wine glass from 1912! 
  • Share the Remote There are some living situations where one person plays video games 24/7, but their roommate really wants to watch the news and some Saturday morning cartoons. A good strategy is to talk with your roommates about their TV usage and decide as a group whether or not each of you needs to bring a TV, or just one to share. Same goes for other items like mini-fridges, game players, or other communal items. Who knows? One of your roommates may invite you to watch Netfilx with them and you can bond over a movie. 

Here’s a handy list of things to bring:


  • Sheets (extra-long twin)
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Bedspread


  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Beach Towel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Personal Toiletries


  • Pots & Pans
  • Dishes
  • Cups
  • Utensils
  • Sponges
  • Dish Soap


  • Alarm Clock
  • Computer
  • Bicycle
  • Bike lock
  • Iron
  • Non-halogen Study Lamp
  • Living Room Lamp
  • TV (for your Bedroom/TV in the living room is already included)
  • Laundry Hamper
  • Laundry Soap

Trips around Trop: The Beach(es) in your Backyard

Written by Tanaya on Saturday, 01 August 2015. Posted in Student Life

Trips around Trop: The Beach(es) in your Backyard

Soft sand between your toes. A light ocean breeze and the bright sun’s warm caress against your back. Your beach towel awaiting your return as you catch a couple of cool waves in the shallows of the Great Pacific.  You’re probably thinking, “Cool, Hawaii?” But I kid you not; this is a first-hand (and foot) experience of mine from earlier today.  

Living in this little college-town definitely has its perks, and I’d be lying if I said having the Pacific Ocean in your backyard isn’t a huge one of them. Halfway through my first year at UCSB, I realized just how unique my experience here would be: when, again, in my life would I get the chance to live amongst my friends, earning a world-class education, while living practically on the beach? After this little epiphany, I stopped taking my location for granted, and began to actively (and at times obsessively) explore the myriad coastal delights surrounding me.

Pretty much any UCSB student walking on the street will know where Campus Point is; located right next to the larger on-campus residential complex (Anacapa and Santa Cruz Halls look out into the ocean), this beach is a favorite beginner’s surf spot for students and locals alike. I always like to visit the colorful tide pools near the southern end of the point, where it isn’t unusual to see squishy pink starfish during low tide (don’t touch!) 

Some other popular beach access points stem from the famous Del Playa Drive, known to locals as DP, hugging the UCSB campus on one side and the ocean on the other. From Trop, this is the east way to get to the beach; when I’m really eager I walk out the door and keep walking southward until I hit DP, and then take the closest staircase down to sea. I can’t put into words how relieving and calming to see this wide expanse of water spread out in front of you, and there is something really comforting in the knowledge that the water is so close to escape to or enjoy. I often think of the ocean as this powerful protective entity that always has your back (in our case, literally!)

My latest coastal craze has been Sands Beach. Beginning at the end of DP, it extends up to Coal Oil Point, which is at the tip of a reserve dedicated to protecting the coastal ecosystem and its particularly threatened bird species, the Snowy Plover. This beach is further from the heart of IV and so often time is more pristine and less crowded than other beaches, and you’re most likely to see sunrise surfers here. There is also a trail alongside the beach, which makes it a picturesque and favorite spot for runners and yoga-doers alike. The latest fad has been bringing giant air-filled rafts to laze around in the sea with friends.

This only scratches the surface of the plentiful local seaside paradises; the list goes on and on. Additionally, as only a second year here at UCSB, I don’t pretend to know all the beaches around here, and am not a surfer in any consideration. But that’s the best part about it! Anyone here can enjoy and benefit from the beautiful beaches around us, swim or tan or jog or maybe even learn to surf. That’s my goal, and I still have two years here to look forward to. Who knows what they’ll bring!


Info on the Coal Oil Point Reserve: http://coaloilpoint.ucnrs.org/

UCSB Campus Map: http://www.aw.id.ucsb.edu/maps/ucsbmap.html

Starting your Apartment Life: A Packing List

Written by Tanaya on Friday, 31 July 2015. Posted in Student Life

Starting your Apartment Life: A Packing List

Coming to the Villas after dorm-style living was a lot more straightforward than I expected it to be.  The fully furnished apartment units, with laundry on site meant a shopping list much shorter than the alternative. The living rooms come with a couch, coffee and end tables, and a dining table with chairs, and best yet, a wide-screen TV! I would suggest bringing a floor lamp or lighting of some kind for the living room, as the lighting provided is enough only for the kitchen. Optionally, décor of any kind (throw pillows, rugs), and DVDs or any gaming systems would be the only other things to bring for your living room.

The kitchen comes with a microwave, stove top + oven, and refrigerator large enough for you and your housemates to share.  There is plenty of storage space, and my housemates and I were easily able to split it up for our various kitchen supplies. In addition to your choice of food stuffs, utensils and microwave-safe crockery is a must. Some things I ended up using a lot were my small non-stick pan, mixing bowl, baking sheet, and a good number of plastic “Tupperware” boxes. Sandwich bags, foil, and plastic wrap are also very useful for taking lunches to school or storing leftovers. Another useful tip: Things are always cheaper in bulk; consider buying food staples like milk, eggs, sugar, etc. in large quantities (Costco!) and then splitting with your housemates.  The one thing I forgot to bring and sorely missed was a hand towel for the kitchen, even two would come in handy.

The bedrooms, similarly, come furnished with XL twin-sized bed frame, mattress, chest of drawers, and desk with chair. For the bedroom, you would bring much of the same stuff you’d expect to bring for the dorms; bathroom caddy, desk lamp, bed sheets/comforter, storage bins, and personal décor. One thing to keep in mind is that now that you’ve got your own place, you’ve also got to keep it clean- so bring on the cleaning supplies! When I lived at Tropicana Villas, we had up a cleaning chart, with rotations for sweeping, ‘Swiffer-ing’, dusting, and vacuuming. You can never have enough paper towels or all-purpose cleaner, and my purchase of the Swiffer WetJet is one I will never regret. Some other easy to forget supplies are garbage bags and toilet paper. Trop does make it easy for you however; you can borrow a vacuum cleaner from the Tropicana Gardens front desk! As for laundry, all you have to bring is detergent and your favorite scented softener: the card-operated laundry room is on site, right down the hall. 

Well that’s it! Make sure you have all your essentials, consider adding on my suggestions above, and get ready to begin your apartment life! Remember than even if you do forget something, it’s not the end of the world, the closest shopping center is less than 10 minutes away. Here’s a useful list to make sure you have everything you need:




Sheets (extra-long twin)










Beach Towel

Toilet Paper

Personal Toiletries




Pots & Pans





Dish Soap




Alarm Clock



Bike lock


Non-halogen Study Lamp

Living Room Lamp


Laundry Hamper

Laundry Soap


Conservation is Critical to Extending Santa Barbara County's Water Supply

Written by Brendan L on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in Student Life

Conservation is Critical to Extending Santa Barbara County's Water Supply

On January 17th, 2014 it was declared that California was in a state of emergency caused by drought. California's Governor has asked all residents to reduce their water use. Santa Barbara County has joined the State in declaring a drought emergency and has asked for a 20% reduction in water usage.

Coinciding with the State's and the County's efforts, we ask you to please be mindful of your water usage. We appreciate your personal efforts in helping our community reduce our water use as a whole.

Here are some things to think about when you are using water, which can assist in our conservation efforts:

  • When brushing your teeth, don’t let the faucet flow. Use a glass of water for rinsing your teeth.
  • Wait until you have a full load of laundry before you do a load. You’ll save water, energy, and money for laundry.
  • One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
  • Report any water related maintenance issues immediately to the Tropicana Front Desk. 

Together we can conserve and extend Santa Barbara County's limited water supply. 


10 Dates Under $10!

Written by Christine Skari on Thursday, 02 January 2014. Posted in Student Life

10 Dates Under $10!

As students, we are all too familiar with the expenses that come with college life. From textbooks to groceries, the bills can pile up and leave us without much wiggle room to spend on dating- a serious problem when you're meeting so many new people. But frugality doesn't necessarily make for a boring time and there are plenty of creative options that both you and your significant other will love! So without further ado, here are 10 dates for under $10!


1. Go on a hike.

Santa Barbara is one one of the most beautiful campuses in the world and can boast both mountain and ocean trails! Grab two $5 foot longs from Subway, or make your own sandwiches, and take them along for a picnic after exploring what nature has to offer. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a blanket to sit on!


2. Buy a complicated puzzle and spend a lazy night in putting the whole thing together with your date. Not only is this an interactive way to get to know each other, but also can be done in the comfort of your home!


3. Take turns planning a themed date night. Feeling romantic? Go French! Buy a cheap bottle of wine or sparkling cider, a baguette, and some cheese and have a relaxing picnic on the beach or in a park. Want to impress your date and laugh over some cheesy dance moves? Make some Cuban food and learn how to salsa off of youtube or from a friend. The possibilities are endless and can effortlessly lead on to future dates when you bring up what your next ethnic adventure will be!


4. Rent a scary movie from the library or neighborhood video store and spend some quality time dressed in pajamas and screaming in tandem! By staying in and renting a film, you cut the cost of the evening by at least a half (think of how expensive the tickets, popcorn, and drinks are!) and can watch nestled on the couch in each other's arms. Be sure to use the leftover money to buy a pint of ice cream to share!


5. Visit the local Farmer's Market and limit yourself to a $10 budget. Challenge each other to find the freshest and most exotic produce, then use them to cook up a delicious dinner for two!

6. Go rock climbing at your local gym. If you're fortunate to have an awesome recreation center like the one at UCSB, this date would be free! Feel your relationship grow as you scale walls and live it up on endorphins!


7. Volunteer together. There are a huge amount of charities that go to great causes. Whether it be a homeless shelter or ecosystem renewal program, volunteering and spending quality time to accomplish feel-good tasks will always make for a fantastic date!


8. Go on a sweet date to a candy store and pick out $10 worth of your favorite candies from your childhood, then feast on them together!


9. Go to a museum and explore your favorite exhibits. Not only are museums chock full of interesting facts and displays, they often offer a discount to students. Make sure to bring your identification card and an open mind!


10. Grab some fresh air and go on a bike ride around some of your favorite routes. End the date with a trip to the local ice cream shop to cool off.




Cross Enrollment Information

Written by Brendan L on Sunday, 01 December 2013. Posted in Student Life

Tropicana hosted a fantastic Cross Enrollment seminar, presented by the helpful and knowledgeable counselors from the SBCC career center. Cross Enrollment allows SBCC and UCSB peers to unite in an academic setting as City College students work towards their transfer goals. As a transfer student myself, I thought I had seen most opportunities that were offered for those attending a community college. Cross Enrollment was a surprising new opportunity that I did not have at my community college in my home town. This goes to show what a unique opportunity students have at Santa Barbara City College, the #1 Community College in the Nation! At the beginning of the informational seminar, students were given the foundation to Cross Enrollment with a quick lesson in"Transfer 101." Students learned the basic requirements to transfer to any 4 year college institution, as well as interesting facts about incoming students. Did you know that the average G.P.A. of a UCSB incoming Freshman was a 4.1? When you transfer from SBCC to UCSB however, you only need a 3.2 G.P.A. Why? Because once you have completed your unit requirements, you will have proven you are capable of handling college level work equivalent to UCSB's lower division coursework. Another interesting fact about transferring is the unit requirement and its relation to units earned for Cross Enrollment. You will need 60 units to transfer, and you can max out at 70 units. In total, you will need 120 units to graduate from a university with your Bachelor degree, or equivalent. Cross Enrollment classes are unique in that they can be applied towards the initial 60 units needed to transfer OR they can be applied to the units earned at a 4 year university. This means that you can earn UC credit for $31 a unit, and it can be applied towards transferring or completing your degree at the UC in less time. • To be eligible for Cross Enrollment, you must meet the following requirements: • Be a California resident (not a California resident? See below for more information about Open University opportunities at UCSB). • Have completed at least one term at SBCC • Be enrolled and complete at least 6 SBCC units during the term of cross-enrollment (student must maintain at least 6 units during the entire semester at SBCC) • Have a minimum 2.0 SBCC G.P.A. • Be an undergraduate • Have all current SBCC fees paid • Speak with a Transfer Academy counselor for admittance to Cross Enrollment If you are attending SBCC, local or from out of state, you can take UCSB classes through Extension. UCSB offers the Open University Program (formerly known as the Open Enrollment Program), which allows all types of students to take classes at the UC and earn transferable units, without being formally admitted to UCSB. This meeting, while informative, is just a stepping stone to your success. You are encouraged to join SBCC's Transfer Academy and meet with the counselors in the Transfer Center on a regular basis. Together, you and your counselor can make plans for complete your transfer goals in 2 years. You can also begin working towards completing requirements towards your TAG (Transfer Agreement Guarantee). A TAG is a contractual agreement between you, SBCC, and a four-year college or university. Students who meet and maintain stated admission and major requirements are guaranteed admission to a specific four-year college or university, such as UCSB. To find out more information about Cross Enrollment or transferring, please contact the following email addresses: Transfer Academy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is a Villas Community Assistant?

Written by Brendan L on Wednesday, 31 July 2013. Posted in Student Life

What is a Villas Community Assistant?

A Community Assistant at the Villas is a peer who is available to you, as a member of the Villas community, who provides assistance when you ask for it. Their main focus is to build community through events such as poolside BBQs, organizing intramural sports teams, hosting open mic nights on the lawn, and much more. 

Our Community Assistants understand that upperclassmen students are much more independent and acclimated to college living. You have at least a year of college under your belt, you may have already lived together with others in tight dorm quarters, and you know how to handle the course load at UCSB or SBCC. BUT, what if you need help telling your roommate he needs to clean his own dishes, but you’re not really sure how to do so? Or if your next door neighbor refuses your requests to turn down his music. That’s what a Community Assistant is for. When you need them, they are there for you, but you don’t feel like they are holding your hand.

During the first few weeks of living at the Villas, seek out your Community Assistant and get to know them! Let them know what kinds of things you like to do, and what kind of experiences you’d like to have here with the rest of the Villas community. Some really successful programs the we’ve done in the past are things like the Villas “Trop Chef” Cooking Competition, Open Mic Night, Cinco de Mayo BBQ, S’mores Bonfires, Quad Wars, Super Bowl Parties, Beta Fish Adoption, Pizza Parties, Pumpkin Carving, Halloween Costume Contest, Tie Dye T-Shirt Making, Hikes to Inspiration Point, Intramural Soccer, Intramural Basketball, and much more! 

College Roommates: Picking a Great Roommate for your Post-Freshman Years

Written by Brendan L on Friday, 21 June 2013. Posted in Student Life

College Roommates: Picking a Great Roommate for your Post-Freshman Years

Picking a roommate after your freshman year can be a bit more complicated than your first year at college. Whether you were assigned a roommate for you dorm room, or you picked them yourself, your continuing years have a few more factors that may affect where you live and who you live with.

1. What are you Looking for in a Roommate?
During your freshman year in a residence hall, you’ll likely make tons of friends and have many options for roommates for your years of college to follow. However, whether you’re deciding to live with a friend or you’re deciding to live with someone you met through Craigslist or Villas at Tropicana’s Roommate Matching service, you need to keep in mind what you want out of your roommate experience and whether or not that matches with what your potential roommate wants. In many ways, finding a roommate is like a dating relationship: is it for love … or for money? Or maybe it’s the other way around, and dating is just like finding a roommate. Either way, having a roommate to some people means having someone to split rent with, and minimal communication/interaction after that. For others, it means having a new BFF to hang out with. Knowing what your expectations for your roommates are and what your potential roommates expectations are for you will help you both decide if you are a good match for each other. See? Just like dating. 

2. Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth (and None of Them Want to Wash the Dishes)!
Deciding how many roommates you want to live with can greatly affect how your year goes. Some students are fine sharing a bedroom with 2 or 3 bedroom roommates, and 5 or 6 housemates in order to save on rent. Other students … not so much. It’s great to have a house full of roommates to talk to and hang out with, but once the dishes and trash start piling up, things get a little less friendly. Factor money into the equations, and you have a recipe for disaster if you are moving in with less-than responsible roomies. Think about whether some issues could be avoided by selecting roommates that have similar habits of cleanliness. And consider signing a By the Bed Lease if want to spend less time hustling to gather everyone else’s rent and more time mastering your cooking skills in your kitchen.

3. Get Real
One thing that a lot of first-time apartment renters run into is having unrealistic expectations for their roommates they’re moving in with. Maybe your roommate’s version of clean isn’t the same as your version, but is it worth fighting over or is it worth living with? Knowing when you’re going to negotiate and compromise versus what your bottom line is will help you find a great person to live with. Don’t ever compromise on things that are important to you, such as your safety or the security of your home. Knowing that you are willing to talk through things like who takes care of certain chores and expecting that there will be issues you can overcome will alleviate roommate hostility that may occur.

4. Don’t Procrastinate
“Never put off tomorrow what you can do today.” – Thomas Jefferson
If you wait to find a roommate, you’ll soon find yourself in a panic because you’ll likely have waited too long. You may end up picking a roommate that you wouldn’t have chosen if you’d had shopped around a bit more. If you have three months to find a roommate, you have no excuse; get on the Trop Roommate Matching portal, Craigslist, Facebook, etc., and put yourself out there! 

My Favorite Places to Study in Isla Vista

Written by Sofie B on Friday, 03 May 2013. Posted in Student Life

My Favorite Places to Study in Isla Vista

With Isla Vista’s reputation as a party place for students, it can sometimes be difficult to find a quiet place where you can study. You need to find you own sanctuary where you won’t be interrupted and disturbed as much. Here is a countdown of my top five favorite places to study:

5. The beach. This is a good place to go if you have a book/article to read. The sound of the waves is soothing, there is fresh air and you can work on your tan at the same time! Watch out for the tar from the oil rigs, though. Bring a blanket that you don't mind getting a bit dirty.

4. Crushcakes & Cafe. http://crushcakes.com Located at 6533 Trigo Road, Crushcakes has free WiFi, delicious cupcakes and tasty food.

3. UCSB Library. http://www.library.ucsb.edu/about The Davidson Library has lots of space, and is nice and quiet. The downside: if you are a SBCC student, you can’t use their WiFi. The library, just a short bike ride from the Villas, is open on weekends.

2. Starbucks. http://www.starbucks.com/store/12072/ Coffee and free WiFi - all you need for a good study session! The downside is that the Starbucks in Isla Vista (888 Embarcadero Del Norte) is so popular, there may not be a free seat when it’s crowded.

1. SBCC Library. http://library.sbcc.edu The Luria Library is open on weekends. With its coffee shop, free WiFi, outlets for your computer and mobile charger and lots of space, this is my favorite place to study away from home.

A Swedish Girl’s Journey: Why I came to SBCC and my impressions of Isla Vista . . . so far.

Written by Sofie B on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Posted in Student Life

A Swedish Girl’s Journey: Why I came to SBCC and my impressions of Isla Vista . . . so far.

My name is Sofie and this is my second semester at SBCC studying photography.

I come from a city in Sweden called Malmö. I worked at a bank for about 6 years. I felt it was time for a change and I found Santa Barbara City College on the Internet. Everything I read about the school was positive. I do not think I read one bad review about SBCC.

I moved to Santa Barbara from Sweden in the beginning of August 2012. My friends and I moved in at the Villas late August/early September. The Villas is a great place to live as a student, especially if you are foreign like myself. We have all these different events, like going to the drive-in movie, open mic night, a taste of I.V., decorating cupcakes and pumpkin carving, where we can meet the other students that live here and the Community Assistants (CAs) that work here.

At first, I wasn't really sure if I wanted to live in Isla Vista (I.V.), since I had heard so much about it being a crazy party place with lots of crimes, but I have been shown the opposite.

It is so beautiful here. It is close to the beach and the views are amazing. Looking one way we see mountains and looking another way we see the ocean. It is very green here with lots of trees and grass fields. There are a lot of parties going on, but they keep them mainly on one street called Del Playa, which is not in the center of I.V. so you can get away from it if you want to.


In the center of Isla Vista, there is a Starbucks, The Habit (hamburgers), Freebirds (Mexican food), Subway, Silvergreens and a couple more eating places. There are also pubs, pizzerias, a sushi place, banks and markets where you can buy groceries ­-- pretty much the stores you need to survive. Not very far away, there is a K-Mart, Albertsons grocery store and Costco, where we can buy groceries in bulk to save some pennies, which we all know is worth everything as a student.

All in all, moving to Santa Barbara to go to City College has been one of the best adventures of my life. Stay tuned.



All I Really Need to Know (About the Flu) I Learned in Kindergarten

Written by Anna Rogers on Tuesday, 05 February 2013. Posted in Student Life

All I Really Need to Know (About the Flu) I Learned in Kindergarten

Flu season is here! Here are 5 tips to help keep you and your friends at Trop healthy:

  • Be brave and get a flu shot: these are offered at local pharmacies like CVS and UCSB Student Health (for UCSB students).
  • Remember singing the ABC song while washing your hands in kindergarten? Now is the time to start singing again. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (especially before you eat). Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you.
  • If you cough or sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze into your elbow. Be conscious about not touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Don’t take a sip out of someone’s cup.
  • Keep a household disinfectant like Lysol or Clorox wipes on hand and use them to clean your doorknobs, remote controls, phones, keyboards etc.
  • Don’t cuddle up to your BFF if they are ill! Symptoms of the flu include fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chill and fatigue. Keep your distance and show your love by running errands for them.

For more information about the flu: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2012-2013.htm.

For more information about the stomach flu: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/norovirus.pdf

Stay Healthy Everyone!

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten was first written by Robert Fulghum in 1988. You can visit his website at: http://www.robertfulghum.com/

First Ever T(r)op Chef Competition

on Monday, 19 November 2012.

First Ever T(r)op Chef Competition

The Trop Chef Competition (above) drew the Villas community closer than ever before. With three participating suites and three mega prizes, the program was a success! Each participating apartment was given 5 secret ingredients, including blackberries, carrots, and chicken breasts. The prizes were gift cards to local Santa Barbara restaurants: $100 to the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach (1st place), $50 to Jeannine's Restaurant & Bakery (2nd place), and $25 to South Coast Deli (3rd place). Each team prepared amazingly delectable dishes that would be a match to five-star restaurants! Several dishes prepared were carrot cake with a blackberry topping sauce, grilled chicken breasts topped with parmesan cheese, and a sparkling blackberry lemonade refresher. See more photos on Facebook


  • In addition to all the fun I had living at the Villas, something that I also think is important no matter where I live is customer service, and the relationship a tenant has with the property manager. Whenever I had a problem with anything, like the water not running right, or being locked out, there was always someone around or someone I could call to help me out, and they were always fast about it, which I really appreciated. Overall, living at the Villas was an awesome experience.

    - Annie J.

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  • We really had a welcoming, community feeling to our building which made it that much better to come back to every day after class or work. The Villas at Tropicana has really felt like a home to me and I can't wait to come back for another year.

    - Ashley J.

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  • I loved spending my senior year at UCSB in a nice apartment that was in Isla Vista but wasn't submersed in the party atmosphere.

    - Emeri K.

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