Welcome International Students

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Tropicana Villas is an upperclassmen apartment complex for UCSB students, located a short 3 blocks away from UCSB campus main campus, close to the beach and the student neighborhood of Isla Vista (IV). After class, take a walk to the beach, only 5 blocks away. Meet friends for coffee in IV. Or stay home at Tropicana Villas and enjoy our many amenities. Relax by our heated pool, play a game of ping-pong in the rec room or work out in the Fitness Center at Tropicana Del Norte. Take a short bus ride to go shopping in Goleta or sightseeing in Santa Barbara.

Have Fun, Meet People & Make the Most of Your Short Stay

At Tropicana Villas, you will live in a community of UCSB and other International students. Tropicana Villas' Community Assistants put on monthly social and recreational events. While participating in activities ranging from hiking to pool barbecues to canvas painting, you'll get to know many more of your neighbors living at Tropicana Villas than in a traditional Santa Barbara apartment setting.
Lease a whole apartment with friends from your country. Or, come by yourself, and use our roommate matching service. Live with American students or other international students – your choice.

What's Included

Tropicana Villas 2-bedroom/2-bath apartments come completely furnished. All you need to bring is your clothes, toiletries bedding, towels, cookware and dishes. Choose from double and triple bedrooms.

Your apartment has a full kitchen for you to prepare your own meals in if you choose to. Not looking forward to spending time cooking and doing the dishes? Try our delicious and varied selection of freshly prepared entrées at the Trop Café, located down the block at Tropicana Gardens or Tropicana Del Norte. There are always vegetarian options and rice at every meal. You can purchase an unlimited meal plan and eat at the dining hall as often as you wish, or you can opt to purchase a meal punch card.

At Tropicana Villas, you won't need to open up your own accounts with the electric company, the cable company, an internet provider, trash service, and the water company. Your one all-inclusive payment covers your rent and a flat fee for utilities – even WiFi.

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  • 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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