As a UC Davis student, you're part of a creative, innovative community. Located in a classic college town where bicycles predominate and students make up half the population, UC Davis offers resources to create your unique path whether you have established academic and career goals or want to explore. Living-learning communities and vibrant student centers are spaces for exploring and affirming diverse identities. The campus's multiple advising, tutoring, leadership and career resources will help you excel and achieve your aspirations, and the array of UC Davis professional schools—business, law, veterinary medicine and medicine—offer unique opportunities for undergraduates. With over 750 student organizations, you will find welcoming, supportive groups that share your interests and passions, and when it's time to recreate, options at UC Davis encompass everything from arts and crafts to indoor rock climbing.
Living at Davis
Living on campus adds a measure of convenience to your life and helps familiarize students with the campus. All incoming fall quarter freshmen and transfer students are guaranteed housing in Student Housing, provided they meet eligibility requirements and all Student Housing and university deadlines. Freshmen and Transfer students are guaranteed one year of housing. For more information about the housing guarantee; see Prospective Residents. All other students should contact Student Housing to inquire about their housing options.
For more information on the following housing, see Housing Areas.
- Residence Halls
- Student Housing Apartments (SHA)—Transfer Student Communities
- Apartments (UC Davis)
- Public-Private Partnerships
- Capital Projects
The majority of UC Davis students live off campus. The City of Davis has ample apartments for rent, from one-person studio apartments to five- or six-person suites. Townhouses, duplexes and houses throughout the city are also available for student rental. ASUCD maintains a list of available community housing and, early every year, hosts "Housing Day," an event that brings dozens of local housing managers to campus to introduce their communities to UC Davis students.
Transportation & Parking
The restricted central campus is closed to unauthorized motor vehicles. Walking and bicycling are the most common ways to traverse the campus. For complete information, see Transportation Services (TAPS).
- Bicycles | Parking | Motorist Assistance
- Alternative Transportation
- UC Davis/UC Davis Medical Center Shuttle
- Davis/Berkeley Shuttle
Unitrans provides year round public transit bus service across Davis from two main UC Davis campus bus terminals–the Memorial Union and Silo Bus Terminals. Information on bus schedules and fares is available at http://unitrans.ucdavis.edu or 530-752-2877.
WorkLife is the principal resource on campus for referrals, outreach, education and programming that enable students, faculty and staff to meet commitments and pursue interests both in and outside of the university. For services addressing child care, elder care, breastfeeding support, health and wellness, community involvement, and workplace flexibility, see WorkLife. See also, UC Davis Student Parent Child Care Funding Program and Community Child Care Programs.
Health & Counseling Services
Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS)
Student Health & Wellness Center; Appointments: 530-752-2349; General information: 530-752-2300
Student Health Services provides wellness resources and cost-sensitive medical care tailored to the unique and diverse needs of UC Davis students. All registered students choose a primary care provider (PCP) who coordinates their wellness care and treatment needs. SHCS staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physical therapists, dietitians and health educators. Pharmacy, lab, and x-ray services are available. Medical care is provided at the Student Health & Wellness Center. Services are available to all registered students regardless of insurance coverage. After hours, students can speak with an advice nurse at 530-752-2349. To read about services and fees, make an appointment, get urgent care information, or contact an advice nurse after hours, see Medical Services.
Student Health Insurance
The University of California (UC) requires that all students have health insurance. To ensure this requirement is met, all UC students are automatically enrolled in UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) and fees for coverage are charged to your student account each term. UC SHIP includes medical, dental and vision benefits. Students with comparable health insurance can apply for a UC SHIP student health insurance waiver. For complete information, see Insurance Services.
All incoming new, transfer and graduate students, including students in the Veterinary Medicine and School of Nursing programs, are required to meet the UC Immunization & TB Risk Screening requirement.Required immunizations include:
- 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines, or positive titer for each disease
- 2 Varicella vaccines
- 1 Adult TDAP
- 1 meningococcal vaccine (Menactra, Menomune, or Menveo)
Students become compliant with this requirement by entering their vaccination dates, uploading a copy of their immunization records, and completing the TB Risk Screening Questionnaire via the SHCS Health-e-Messaging website.Students who do not complete this requirement will have a hold on their registration and will not be able to register for their second term.
Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS); 219 North Hall; Appointments: 530-752-0871; General information: 530-752-2300
SHCS Counseling Services offers short term individual counseling services to all registered students, as well as group therapy and workshops. There are also case managers and mental health advocacy specialists who assist in referrals to off-campus counseling, using insurance, and referrals to community resources. To make a counseling or case management appointment, or for consultations, call 530-752-0871. Mental Health Crisis Consultation Services are available at Counseling Services at 219 North Hall, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and in the Student Health & Wellness Center in Acute Care, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. If you need to speak to someone on the weekend, holiday, or after hours, please call 530-752-0871 and follow the prompts.
Mind Spa; 132 North Hall and Student Health & Wellness Center
Health Education & Promotion
Health Education & Promotion (HEP) leverages a dynamic public health approach to foster and build environments, institutional practices and a campus culture that promote student success and lifelong well-being. HEP focuses on the following areas: alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, sexual well-being, mental well-being and physical well-being.
By participating in extracurricular activities at UC Davis, students benefit from numerous opportunities for educational, personal, cultural and social enrichment. In general, registered and enrolled UC Davis students may participate in extracurricular activities sponsored by the campus. Some activities have additional eligibility criteria, so you are encouraged to inquire about the particular requirements of the groups and programs that interest you.
Campus Recreation & Memorial Union
The UC Davis Department of Campus Recreation and Memorial Union manage the following programs and facilities, creating opportunities to build community, cultivate friendships and enhance learning; complementing the academic mission of the university and enhancing the quality of life for the campus:
- Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)
- Cal Aggie Marching Band
- Craft Center
- Equestrian Center
- Games Area
- Hickey Pool
- Intramural Sports
- Memorial Union
- Outdoor Adventures Center
- Putah Creek Lodge
- Recreation Fields
- Recreation Pool
- Sport Clubs
- UCDHS Student Fitness Center
UC Davis Stores
The UC Davis Stores are full-service stores owned and operated by the university.
The Silo Union houses food services, meeting/conference facilities, lounges and the campus pub.
The Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) program is an integral part of the total educational process and a vital part of the human development of young men and women.
Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts | UC Davis
The Mondavi Center is the premier performance venue in Northern California and the regional destination for the best in music, dance, distinguished speakers, jazz, theater, and world music.
Theatre & Dance
Richard L. Nelson Gallery; 530-752-8500
Fine Arts Collection; 530-752-8500
Associated Students (ASUCD)
UC Davis Administrative Advisory Committees
Graduate Student Association (GSA)
Center for Student Involvement (CSI)
- http://aggielife.ucdavis.edu; Over 750 student organizations are registered and supported at UC Davis through Center for Student Involvement.
- Involvement Fair
- Sorority & Fraternity Life consists of six governing councils, 67 chapters and almost 3000 Aggies.
Cal Aggie Student Alumni Association (SAA)
University Policies on Nondiscrimination, Sexual Harassment/Sexual Violence, Student Records & Privacy
Campus Security, Crime Awareness, & Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention
In accordance with federal laws, Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, UC Davis annually makes information available to students and employees regarding campus security, crime statistics, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention. Also see, victim support services.