Student Life

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

On-Campus Housing

Student Housing and Dining Services

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
  • Apartments
  • Student Housing Apartments (SHA)—Transfer Student Communities
  • Apartments (UC Davis)
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Capital Projects

Off-Campus Housing

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 and Parking

Transportation Services

Transportation Services (TAPS)

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).


Unitrans provides year round public transit service on 18 lines on the UC Davis campus and the City of Davis. Unlimited access is provided to undergraduate students with a valid UC Davis registration card; others may ride by paying the single-ride cash fare or by purchasing discounted multi-ride passes from TAPS or at the Unitrans business office.

Student Employment

Student Employment is a resource for UC Davis students seeking employment opportunities to fund their educational expenses. For resources, eligibility, and available jobs, see the Internship and Career Center.

WorkLife and Wellness

Heitman Staff Learning Center;

WorkLife and Wellness 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 and Wellness. See also, the UC Davis Student Parent Child Care Funding Program and Community Child Care Programs.

Health and Counseling Services

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)

Student Health and Wellness Center; Appointments: 530-752-2349; General information: 530-752-2300

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) provides wellness resources and cost-sensitive medical care tailored to the unique and diverse needs of UC Davis students. All registered students are assigned a primary care provider (PCP) who coordinates their wellness care and treatment needs. SHCS staff include 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 and 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 waiver. Students may apply for a student health insurance waiver. For complete information, see Insurance Services.


The University of California (UC) is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our students. Therefore, all of the UC campuses are implementing procedures to ensure that students are educated about and receive vaccinations to prevent potentially serious and contagious diseases.

To meet the UC Davis entrance requirements, you must complete BOTH the Immunization and TB Screening Questionnaire Forms.

  • Health History Form
  • Immunizations
  • TB Risk Screening

Students who have not completed this requirement may have a hold on their registration. Students submit their information through HEM or MyAdmissions

Counseling Services

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS); 219 North Hall; Appointments: 530-752-0871; General information: 530-752-2300

SHCS Counseling Services offers short term counseling services to all registered students with liaison to off-campus community resources. To make a counseling appointment or for consultations, call 530-752-0871, any time. Those concerned about a student or who desire consultation or assistance in making a referral are encouraged to call 530-752-2349.

Mind Spa

Mind Spa; 132 North Hall and Student Health and Wellness Center

Health Education and Promotion

Health Education and Promotion (HEP) helps students stay healthy, thrive and enhance their academic and personal success through the creation of health-promoting campus and community environments and student-centered health education. HEP focuses on promotion of healthy eating, physical activity, hydration, sexual health and communication, mental well-being, bike helmet use, sleep, and risk reduction related to alcohol, tobacco, other drug use.

Extracurricular Activities

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 And Unions

Department of Campus Recreation; Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) | 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:

UC Davis Stores

The UC Davis Stores are full-service stores owned and operated by the university.

Silo Union

The Silo Union houses food services, meeting/conference facilities, lounges and the campus pub.

Intercollegiate Athletics

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 and 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.


Department of Music

Theatre and Dance

Department of Theatre and Dance

Art Galleries

Manetti Shrem Museum

UC Davis Design Museum

Richard L. Nelson Gallery; 530-752-8500

Fine Arts Collection; 530-752-8500

Basement Gallery

C.N. Gorman Museum

Student Government

Associated Students (ASUCD)

Student Government Administrative Office

ASUCD Student Services Office

UC Davis Administrative Advisory Committees

Office of the Chancellor

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Center for Student Involvement (CSI)

Center for Student Involvement (CSI)

Cal Aggie Student Alumni Association (SAA)

Cal Aggie Student Alumni Association (SAA)

University Policies on Nondiscrimination, Sexual Harassment, Student Records and Privacy


Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Disclosures from Student Records; see also UC Davis Policy and Procedure Manual Section 320-21

Social Security Numbers

Release of Registration Material and Grades

Campus Security, Crime Awareness, and Alcohol and 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.