Moving to Davis FAQ’s
Steps to Living in the Quintessential College Town
Few places match UC Davis’ central location, lifestyle and opportunities in the economic and entrepreneurial heart of California.
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.
Transportation from the Airport
From San Francisco International Airport to Davis
Davis Airporter Service will meet your flight, deliver you to the address in Davis that you request, and allow extra baggage.
- To make a reservation click here or call (530) 756-6715
- When you arrive at the airport, call the Davis Airporter toll free number (800) 565-5153
SuperShuttle provides service from airports in Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland, among other locations.
Amtrak provides bus and train transportation between the San Francisco Airport and Davis.
- You may take the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to get from the airport to the Amtrak station. Contact BART at (510) 465-2278
Transportation Network Companies
From Sacramento International Airport to Davis
Yolobus Line #42 leaves the Sacramento Airport every hour at 20 minutes after the hour between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. It arrives at the Memorial Union on the UC Davis Campus about 45 minutes later. No reservations are required. Although inexpensive ($2 per person), this bus will not deliver you to a specific address in Davis and may not have space for extra luggage.
Davis Airporter Service will meet your flight, deliver you to the address in Davis that you request, and allow extra baggage
Taxi service is also available at the airport, at a cost of approximately $70.
SuperShuttle Service provides service from airports in Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland
For information about childcare, including a special UC Davis students subsidy, visit http://cityofdavis.org/city-hall/child-care-services.
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: 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
- Craigslist: https://sacramento.craigslist.org/
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 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. The YoloBus transportation district extends from Sacramento, Davis and Woodland for more extensive travel needs.
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 $9, and 45-minute parking meters are available.
Zipcar is an auto rental service that will rent for a few hours, a full day, or over the weekend. There are many convenient pick-up locations both on the UC Davis campus and in down town Davis.
IMPORTANT – International Students: Bring a certificate from your country’s highway patrol or your insurance company with your accident/claims history. This document should be in English. It will be much easier to get this documentation prior to leaving your country.
After Arriving in Davis
- Find a place to live
- Purchase a mobile phone with a U.S. telephone number. Provide new numbers to the Graduate School of Management
- Secure utilities such as gas and electricity.
- Open a bank account.
- Visit DMV to obtain a California ID card or driver’s license.
- Purchase a new bike from the ASUCD Bike Barn or from any bike store in town or purchase a used bike Craig’s List.
- If basic mode of transportation is a bike, be sure to purchase a heavy duty bike lock to help prevent theft, and make sure to use a well-fitting helmet and light for safety.
General Information about Davis
- Davis Wiki
- Davis Life Magazine
- The Davis Dirt
- UC Davis Athletics
- City of Davis Resources (utilities, schools, parks, recreation and activities
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:
- The Robert & Margrit Center for the Performing Arts
- The UC Davis Craft Center
- The Activities & Recreation Center
- NCAA Division I Athletics
- Equestrian Center
- Rec Sports (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.
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.
Grocery Outlet is a discount grocer that sells brand name products and farm fresh organic produce at wholesale prices. Worth looking into for groceries sold at comparably less expensive prices than conventional retail supermarkets.
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.
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.
IKEA in West Sacramento is 20-minute drive from Davis.
Ace Hardware in Davis
Target in Davis
Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento is about a 30-minute Drive east of Davis.
Premium Outlets in Vacaville is a 20-minute Drive west of Davis.
TJ Maxx and Target are on 2nd Street in Davis near the Mace Boulevard intersection.
Weaveworks Inc. recycled fashion for men and women in business.
There are also many boutique stores in Downtown Davis.
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.