UC Davis offers the best of both worlds: the resources of an internationally renowned university and the appeal of a true college town.
Davis residents are active in political causes, the arts, and community organizations. Much of their attention goes to enhancing the quality of life. With a population of 65,000, the City of Davis has a reputation for environmental awareness, energy conservation, excellent schools, and exceptional parks and recreational programs. More than 50 miles of bicycle and jogging paths link neighborhoods with the campus and with Davis’ vibrant downtown. The region’s temperate climate gives you the chance to enjoy yourself outdoors all year long.
Global Innovation Hub
UC Davis’ prime location in the thriving corridor linking Sacramento, the state capital of California, and the San Francisco Bay Area, the world’s unrivaled innovation hub, opens up endless opportunities to established Fortune 500 firms, the global technology industry, new start-ups and a financial ecosystem of venture capital and international banking. You’ll benefit from quick access to both the capital where progressive policy is rippling well beyond the world’s eighth-largest economy; and the Silicon Valley, the hotbed for high-tech, web pioneers and new venture funding. UC Davis research, expertise and entrepreneurship programs combined with the region’s forces of innovation and finance are powering a clean tech cluster poised to accelerate economic development well into the future.
For information about childcare, including a special UC Davis students subsidy, visit www.city.davis.ca.us/cs/childcare.
Davis and the surrounding communities offer a range of housing. We encourage you to begin making your housing arrangements early. Most UC Davis MBA 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. The UC Davis MBA discussion group is also a great source for finding roommates or housing: groups.google.com/group/uc-davis-daytime-mba.
Other contacts for housing information
- Student Housing Office: www.housing.ucdavis.edu
- Davis Community Housing: www.davishousing.com
- List of Davis Apartment Complexes: http://daviswiki.org/Apartments
- Rental Housing Guide: http://daviswiki.org/Rental_Housing_Guide
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 taps.ucdavis.edu.
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 unitrans.ucdavis.edu.
You can purchase a permit for on-campus parking through Traffic and Parking Services (TAPS). For information, visit their website at taps.ucdavis.edu. Daily permits are available at vending machines around campus at a cost of $7, and 45-minute parking meters are available.
City of Davis Resources
Davis provides information about utilities, schools, parks, recreation, activities, etc. at: www.city.davis.ca.us/residents.cfm.
UC Davis Campus
Your UC Davis MBA experience is enhanced by being part of the University of California, Davis, one of the world’s leading research universities. UC Davis excels in interdisciplinary study, with a century-plus tradition of programs collaborating to address real-world challenges. Graduate groups, institutes and centers, and other programs bring outstanding students and internationally renowned faculty of different academic disciplines together to produce world-changing innovations. This thriving campus also provides activities and events outside of the classroom, including:
- The Robert & Margrit Center for the Performing Arts
- The UC Davis Craft Center
- The Activities & Recreation Center
- NCAA Division I Athletics
- Equestrian Center
- Intramural Sports
- Outdoor Adventures
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.
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
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.