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For Parents

Sending your child off to college can be emotional. The first year of college is a crucial year for students, and the freshman transition will be one of the most profound experiences your son or daughter will face during his or her life.

Your child will not be left to fend for themselves during this transition. Tropicana Del Norte staff is available to assist our new residents.  I live on site with my family, and we have two Assistant Directors and 7 Resident Assistant (RAs) who live among our residents.

Tropicana’s RAs host hundreds of events designed to nurture, entertain, encourage, and integrate new students into their university “home.” These varied programs provide positive outlets to the diverse interests of our residents and go a long way towards creating a connected community. Many of our residents form life-long friendships with the people they meet at Tropicana Del Norte.

The best way to get a sense of our community is to come for a visit. We are confident that you'll quickly see what makes Tropicana Del Norte so unique and why you'll agree that it will be the best place for your son or daughter to live during this important season in their lives.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me personally at (805) 968-0351 or e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Ben Sample
Executive Director
Tropicana Del Norte

Come for a Tour

Come by anytime between 10:00am and 5:30pm to tour the property and see if Tropicana Del Norte is the right place for you!

PARKING: Visitor parking can be found in the back of Tropicana Gardens (1 block away at 6585 El Colegio Road) in spaces 56 and 57. Please park in the spaces marked Visitor and note the number of your parking space. We'll be happy to issue a parking pass while you visit our communities!