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About Short Term Living at Trop

Welcome to the Short Term Student Housing section of our online portal!

Tropicana houses over 1000 residents who come from a variety of backgrounds and wish to stay in Santa Barbara to attend UCSB, SBCC, Brooks Institute, Antioch University, Education Foundation, Kaplan International, or other schools in the area.

Before you get started with a Tropicana Student Living contract, please understand the following:


Costs include all utilities, inlcuding high speed WiFi, water, gas and electric (telephone not included), and if you select a mealplan, meals during the cafe's open hours. The total cost of housing is due upon signing up. Please be prepared to pay with credit card or ACH (eCheck).

The price breakdown depends on the number of nights stayed as well as whether or not a meal plan is selected (please see Meals section for more information about Meal Plans). The breakdown is as follows:

No. of Nights

Single Nightly Rate

Double Nightly Rate

Triple Nightly Rate

7 – 29 nights

$90 per night (+12% occupancy tax)

$60 per night (+12% occupancy tax)

$40 per night (+12% occupancy tax)

30 - 59 nights

$85.50 per night (5% discount on rent)

$57 per night (5% discount on rent)

$38 per night (5% discount on rent)

60+ nights

$76.50 per night (15% discount on rent)

$51 per night (15% discount on rent)

$34 per night (15% discount on rent)

Unlimited meals can be added for an additional $20/day or a punch card can be purchased for $10/meal


A portion of the application process covers whether or not you would like to include meals. By selecting this option, your meal plan will be wrapped into the total cost and will be covered immediately after you submit payment.

Some residents, however, choose to purchase a meal plan after they arrive and figure out how they would like to go about preparing meals. These residents can either choose to purchase a full meal plan, pay per meal, or purchase a "Punch Card" which will be punched each time you enter the cafe. This can be a cost effective way of planning out your meals for the summer.


You will be assigned to a space in a suite with other individuals signed up for Short Term Housing at Trop. If you have roommates selected, just let us know and we'll work to get you placed in the same suites. We take all requests into consideration, but given the high number residents that we host, it can sometimes be difficult to accommodate these requests, and so we cannot make guarantees.


Contact Tropicana Student Living at:
6585 El Colegio Road
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 968-4319

Application Process

  1. You will begin by providing some basic information about yourself.
  2. Next, you'll electronically sign the contract.
  3. Then you'll make your first payment, and you're all set!

Easy as 1, 2, 3!


Tropicana Student Living has a cancellation policy which is as follows:

A. If you cancel before your selected move in date, there is a $350.00 cancellation fee, and the remainder is refunded.

B. If you cancel after your selected move in date there is no refund.

Note: 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.

DescriptionStart DateEnd Date
2017 Short Term Student Stays5/12/20195/14/2020