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Davis Life
The Quintessential College Town

Few places match UC Davis’ central location, lifestyle and opportunities in the economic
and entrepreneurial heart of California.

Sweet Spot

UC Davis’ prime location on the corridor linking Sacramento, the state capital, and the San Francisco Bay Area creates endless opportunities. You’ll have quick access to established Fortune 500 firms, the global technology industry, Pacific Rim trade, new startups and a financial ecosystem of venture capital and international banking. Ten of the Fortune 100 are headquartered in Northern California, including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Chevron and Wells Fargo. You’ll benefit from our connections and networks in Silicon Valley—and in the Sacramento region, where progressive energy and climate change policy is rippling well beyond the world’s eighth-largest economy and home to one of the nation’s top clean-tech hubs.


For information about childcare, including a special UC Davis students subsidy, visit


Davis and the surrounding communities offer a range of housing. We encourage you to begin making your housing arrangements early. Most UC Davis students live off-campus, many within walking or biking distance of school. Public transportation to campus is available from many parts of Davis. On-campus apartments (very limited number available) frequently are rented by mid-April, and the most desirable off-campus housing options may be rented by mid-summer for the next academic year.

If you are able to visit Davis between April and June, we encourage you to spend a day or two meeting with realtors and seeing apartments. For MBA students, the UC Davis MBA discussion group is also a great source for finding roommates or housing:

Other contacts for housing information

Cost of Housing

The cost of  renting a decent room in a house or apartment within 15-20 minutes biking distance is around $400 – $600. Bigger rooms (or places closer to downtown) typically cost more. Studio apartments start from $850 – $1,200.

Local Transportation and Parking


Think of Davis, and you’ll probably think of bicycles. A bike is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to get around on campus and in town. A helmet, a good U-lock and a California bike license are essential. Bike licenses are available at


The Associated Students of UC Davis and the City of Davis operate an extensive network of buses throughout campus and the city. For information, visit the Unitrans website at


You can purchase a permit for on-campus parking through Traffic and Parking Services (TAPS). For information, visit their website at Daily permits are available at vending machines around campus at a cost of $9, and 45-minute parking meters are available.

General Information about Davis

Local Highlights

Campus Matters

Your graduate experience is enhanced by being part of the University of California, Davis, one of the world’s leading research universities. UC Davis is recognized globally for its expertise in the converging issues of food, water, health, society, energy and the environment. Since the university’s founding, faculty and students have worked across disciplines to generate new discoveries. Today this collaborative culture flourishes, fostering an academic environment dedicated to solving the world’s most critical challenges. The Graduate School of Management is an active partner, collaborating and serving as a catalyst to accelerate technology transfer and commercialization. This thriving campus also provides activities and events outside of the classroom, including:

City of Davis
The City of Davis maintains over 400 acres of parks and greenbelts throughout the community where you can find 43 different play areas, 12 large reservable picnic areas and many smaller ones, 33 tennis courts, and many other amenities such as horse shoe pits, disc golf, basketball courts, exercise courses, and much more. Four pool complexes provide opportunities for recreational swimming, lap swimming, and swim classes. Community buildings have rooms available for rental, for events both large and small.

Shopping Outlets in and Around Davis


Davis Food Co-op is a great place to get locally-grown and organic produce, poultry, and meats. They have a gourmet cheese deli that has both locally made cheeses as well as international. Can also get local dairy products.

Trader Joe’s is located at 885 Russell Blvd. TJ’s is close to campus and has a wide selection of frozen entrees, canned goods, produce and dairy items. It is also an affordable place to purchase wine and beer.

Whole Foods is located at 500 1st Street and provides organic produce, poultry, meats and many other high end food items.

Safeway is a large, general grocery store where you will find commercially-grown and some organic produce and meats, convenience foods, cleaning supplies, etc. There are two Safeway locations in Davis.

Home Furnishings

 IKEA in West Sacramento is 20-minute drive from Davis.

Ace Hardware in Davis

 Target in Davis


Premium Outlets in Vacaville is a 20-minute Drive west of Davis.

Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento is about a 30-minute Drive east of Davis.

TJ Maxx and Target are on 2nd Street in Davis near the Mace Boulevard intersection.

There are also some boutique stores in Downtown Davis.

Northern California

San Francisco

Fourth most populous city in California and the 12th most populous city in the United States, it is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the larger Bay Area, a region of 7.4 million people and a stone’s throw from Silicon Valley, worldwide hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Sonoma & Napa Valley

An hour’s drive to the northwest, these regions boast some of the world’s best wineries.

Lake Tahoe and the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada

Two hours to the east, home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions.

Pacific Ocean and beaches

Spectacular views are accentuated by pristine beaches and waves crashing on a rugged coastline.


Just four hours away, Yosemite National Park is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity and a favorite destination for hiking, camping, rock climbing and biking.

Have additional questions? Please contact us at (530) 752-7658


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UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%
Fourth Consecutive Year among U.S News & World Report's Premier Programs

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.

At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis Part-Time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.

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UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year
MBA Programs among Top 10% in U.S.
Record Salary and Bonus

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10% of the 464 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.

Key statistics from the School’s Full-Time MBA ranking include:

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(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

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