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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.

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.

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

Written by Brendan L on Tuesday, 30 June 2015. 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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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! Read 5 tips to help keep you and your friends at Trop healthy.

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).

Testimonials

  • 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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