Student Life

As a UC Davis student, you're part of a creative, innovative community. Located in a vibrant college town where bicycles abound 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 are still open to opportunities. Living-learning communities and welcoming 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 800 student organizations, you will find supportive groups that share your interests and passions, and when it's time to get active, options at UC Davis encompass everything from arts and crafts to indoor rock climbing.

Living at Davis

On-Campus Housing

Student Housing & Dining Services

UC Davis students who live on campus benefit from being close to classes and study opportunities, campus dining, and campus life. They also tend to do better academically and are more involved in 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. All other students should contact Student Housing to inquire about their housing options.

For more information about housing, see the following:

Off-Campus Housing

The majority of UC Davis students live off campus. There are many apartments for rent in the City of Davis, from one-person studio apartments to five- or six-person suites. Townhouses, duplexes and houses throughout the city are also available for student rental. Associated Students, University of California, Davis (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

Transportation Services

Transportation Services (TAPS)

The restricted, gated 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 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 or 530-752-2877.


Heitman Staff Learning Center;

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, lactation support, rewards & recognition, wellbeing, community involvement, and workplace flexibility, see WorkLife. See also, UC Davis Student Parent Child Care Funding Program & Community Child Care Programs.

Health & Counseling Services

Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS)

Medical Services

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.

Counseling Services

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 using insurance and referrals to community resources. To make a counseling or case management appointment, or for consultations, call 530-752-0871. Students can also schedule appointments online through the SHCS Patient Portal.  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

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.

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 & Memorial Union

Department of Campus Recreation; Activities & 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 & 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 & Dance

Department of Theatre & 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)

ASUCD Student Services & Administrative 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)

Campus Security, Crime Awareness, and 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.