"How Do You Like Living in Davis as a Grad Student?"

“How Do You Like Living in Davis as a Grad Student?”

One of the most frequent questions I get asked as an Ambassador by prospective students is, “So, how do you like living in Davis as a graduate student?” And I have to say, it’s actually quite nice.

For me, at least, there are few times when I’m reminded that I live in a town with 24,000 people aged 18-22. The downtown Davis area is not only adorable, but also thriving — there are dozens of good restaurants, a well-established farmer’s market (held twice a week), bike shops, clothing retailers, bars, frozen yogurt/ice cream shops and more. It’s been almost like a game to try and find the best places in a particular category: the best pizza place (Village Pizza), the best Thai restaurant (a toss-up between Sophia’s and KetMoRee), the best bike shop (B&L), the best fro-yo (Yogurt Shack). 

If you’re looking for an adventure, Davis is also not a bad place to be. It’s got miles upon miles of bike paths, and they continue to neighboring cities if you’re looking for a longer ride. Obviously, Davis is strategically located between Sacramento and the Bay Area, so a quick trip in either direction can provide some added fun to your week if you get tired of the Davis scenery. And then of course Tahoe is just an hour and a half away, so it’s an easy ride up to the lake or the snow.

But to be honest, you’ll likely be so busy with classes, projects, homework and social activities that hanging out in Davis and enjoying life here can be quite satisfying. Even if you’re coming to Davis by yourself and won’t know a soul when you arrive, you’ll quickly discover that you’ll have a built-in network of friends: your new classmates at the UCD Graduate School of Management. Throughout the year, you’ll be able to enjoy all that Davis and the surrounding area has to offer along with them. And while not everyone is as big a Dave Matthews Band fan as me, he got it 100% right with his song lyric “It’s not where but who you’re with that really matters.”