Tropicana Student Living Welcomes College Fresh as New Dining Service Provider


Isla Vista, CA, September 1, 2017

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Tropicana Student Living welcomed a fresh addition to the services and experience it provides to students this month. College Fresh, an Illinois based company, shined brightest amongst other potential bidders to provide a new food service program for the business.

 “We’re excited to have a new company come in and create something special for our residents,” said Dave Wilcox, Executive Director of Tropicana Student Living. “The dining hall of any residence hall is a huge part of the experience for students, and we were really attracted to College Fresh’s vision to provide fresh, locally sourced, healthy food. We believe this will give our students a great experience every time they enter the café.”

 “Our mission is to provide great food, backed up by the best, most responsive service in the collegiate food service industry and we’re excited to show the Tropicana community just what that means. Susan K. Dawson, Owner, Director of Business Operations for College Fresh, Inc. We look forward to working with local growers and to getting to know the students and staff at Tropicana Student Living in the coming weeks.”


"Tropicana’s student residence halls provide a community and academically focused environment that supports a successful transition from home to independent living. We encourage academic success through our wellness model,” said Dave Wilcox. “Our Resident Assistants and on-site staff focus on developing the physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual and environmental elements of student life and growth. We see that College Fresh’s vision and mission align with our own and we are excited to see our relationship grow.”

College Fresh began dining services on June 2, 2017, with continuous dining service through the rest of the school year from 6:45am through 10:00pm.  In the summer College Fresh will be providing meals for tournaments and several summer camps, including Michael Jordan’s Flight School, which has been a returning client since 1995. If you are interested in trying what College Fresh has to offer you are welcome to purchase meals at the Tropicana Gardens or Tropicana Del Norte front desk. Menus are available through the College Fresh app, which is available for Android and iPhone.

About Tropicana Student Living

Tropicana Student Living operates private residence halls and apartments for students attending the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in Santa Barbara, California.  Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall (, conveniently located adjacent to UCSB's Main Campus is a small and friendly community with spacious suite-style units, on-site meal plans and resort-style living. Tropicana Villas ( is an Isla Vista apartment community that caters to upperclassmen with furnished apartments and flexible leasing options. Tropicana Gardens (, located an express bus ride away from Santa Barbara City College, is a private residence hall that provides an attractive alternative to apartments for SBCC students with its suite-style units and social and recreational activities organized by its large team of energetic RAs. For more information about housing options for UCSB and SBCC students, please call 805-968-4319.