UC Davis Resources for Graduate Students
There are a multitude of resources to help keep you on track and enrich your graduate education experience. Maybe you just need to know when and how to file paperwork. Perhaps you'd like to connect with other graduate students or find a paid position to support yourself. And there are times you'll need the support and advice from others to make it through a difficult time. Whatever you might need, Graduate Studies and the campus offer many resources to support you.
Aggie Compass, a UC Davis Basic Needs Center for students, is a center for students to obtain help with issues related to food, housing and other basic needs.
If you are skipping or stretching meals, concerned about spending money on food and/or having difficulties accessing food, visit the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center located on the first floor of the MU, next to the UC Davis Market. Aggie Compass can provide immediate food and access to additional resources.
Graduate students and their family members are eligible to live in any of the four apartment communities on the UC Davis campus: Solano Park, West Village, Russell Park, and The Atriums at La Rue. Solano Park and Russell Park are family-friendly and students with families receive priority over other applicants. Apartments are unfurnished. Kitchens are full-size and include a refrigerator, stove, and oven. For more information or to request an application, please call (530) 752-2033, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Student Housing and Dining Services website.
Most leases are for a one-year term and turn over on September 1. The local paper, the Davis Enterprise, lists vacancies. Craigslist is a free online service that includes housing listings for the greater Sacramento area. The daily campus newspaper, The California Aggie is also a good resource for finding housing. Finally, Davis Wiki is a website with a variety of resources including a rental housing guide. The Community Housing Listing service is offered by the ASUCD (undergraduate student government) but is available to all UC Davis students and other Davis community members.
UC Davis Dining Services has been serving UC Davis for more than 40 years. Dining service's website maintains the locations and lists of both residential (residence hall dining rooms) and retail dining services (outside vendors such as Peet's Coffee and food trucks).
There are numerous ways to get to campus and around Davis. Transportation and Parking Services facilitates the access and mobility needs of the campus community through coordination between TAPS units and other campus departments and non-university entities, and ensures that services are provided in a professional, efficient, and service-oriented manner. For information on parking services, including maps and rates, see the TAPS website.
Davis: Famous for Bikes
The bicycle is alive and well and by far the most popular mode of transportation in town and on campus. Nearly everyone rides a bike in Davis! It is fast, convenient, popular and economical – plus, the mild climate and flat surfaces allow year-round riding. For more information, check out the bicycle program at TAPS.
- Each year the UC Transportation and Parking Services sponsors two bike auctions of abandoned, unclaimed bicycles through publicly-held auctions. The bike auctions are usually held in October and May each year. Don't miss them!
- Bicycle maintenance services are available on campus. The ASUCD Bike Barn offers parts, tires, accessories, and bike mechanics that can fix your bike or help you with a do-it-yourself project. There is also an air hose located outside the shop.
The Unitrans bus system is a cooperative arrangement between the university and the city of Davis. Undergraduates can get on the bus by showing their registration cards because they pay for Unitrans through student fees. Graduate students, however, do not pay those fees, so they must pay per ride. To reduce costs, you might wish to purchase a monthly, quarterly or annual bus pass, or buy a book of 10 passes. Unitrans also honors TAPS parking permit holders. Just board the bus and show the driver your original (no copies!) parking permit. For information on fares and schedules, see the Unitrans site.
The Intercampus Bus service provides transportation between the UC Davis and Berkeley campuses for faculty, staff and students. The Intercampus Bus service runs year around, seven days a week, with the exception of some holidays. The bus service may not be used for commuting to a place of non-university employment or by non-university personnel. Reservations are recommended. The bus picks up and delivers passengers at the Library receiving dock on the south side of Shields Library on the Davis campus. In Berkeley the pick up/drop off area is the West Gate entrance.
UC Davis/UC Davis Medical Center Shuttle
The UC Davis/UC Davis Medical Center Shuttle is a service for persons affiliated with the University of California, including faculty, staff, students, interns, volunteers, patients, and visitors. There is a charge for commuting staff, faculty and students to ride the shuttle either with a one-way ticket or monthly pass purchased in advance (credit cards are not accepted).
Other Regional Public Transportation
The Davis Amtrak Train Station is located less than ¾-mile from the campus, providing both nationwide Amtrak and regional Capitol Corridor train service. Bus service with Yolobus operates transit service between the campus and the other three Yolo County cities, as well as to the Sacramento International Airport and downtown Sacramento. Bus service with Fairfield and Suisun Transit operates the Route 30 service between Fairfield and Sacramento, including service to the campus.
The Alternative Transportation Program, goClub, is administered through TAPS. Participation is available to all staff, faculty and students wishing to use public transit as their main form of commuting to campus. goClub transportation options include: bikes, walking, carpooling, vanpooling, buses and trains. For more information, visit goclub.ucdavis.edu.
Health and Family
Students who are enrolled in Davis SHIP have the option to enroll eligible dependents in a voluntary plan. The plan provides medical insurance and the option to purchase dental/vision benefits. Enrollment in the dependent plan is managed by Wells Fargo (on behalf of Aetna Student Health) and the cost of insurance (premium) for dependents is paid directly to Wells Fargo. There are strict enrollment deadlines set before the quarter begins. Coverage is not automatically renewed, but a dependent can be re-enrolled each term. Student Health and Counseling Services does NOT manage the enrollment or collect payments for the dependent plan. See the Davis SHIP dependent coverage website for details.
Mental Health and Counseling Services
Counseling Services help students to realize their academic and personal goals. Meeting with a counselor can help students clarify issues, explore options, and cope more effectively. Counseling services for graduate students are available in both Mrak Hall and the Student Health and Counseling Center. Visit Graduate Studies' Mental Health and Counseling page to learn more. After hours consultation with mental health professionals can be accessed by calling (530) 752-2349 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Women's Resources and Research Center
The Women's Resources and Research Center (WRRC) is a safe place to ask questions and find resources. The WRRC offers information, guidance and referrals on a wide range of topics, including women's health, parenting and childcare, pregnancy, and sexual and dating violence.
Child Care and Family Services
UC Davis offers a number of child care options and resources, including child care grants. For information about community and campus child care, early education programs, services for school-age children, financial assistance for child care costs, health insurance, breast-feeding support, and other family services, go to worklife-wellness.ucdavis.edu or visit the Graduate Studies website for more information on family resources.
Aggie Food Connection (AFC) provides one online access point for UC Davis information, resources and services pertaining to food security and nutrition. As a response to the UC Global Food Initiative, UC Davis established the AFC to connect the UC Davis student population with easy, immediate and confidential UC Davis food resources while working to overcome stigma associated with needing help.
Additional Health and Family Resources
For a comprehensive list of health and family resources available to UC Davis students, visit the ASUCD resources website.
Exercise and Adventure
UC Davis offers a wide variety of recreation activities for students of all ages and interests and their family members. Please see the UC Davis Campus Recreation and Unions page.
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
The ARC has four indoor basketball courts (convertible to host volleyball and badminton), eight four-wall courts, a multi-use activity center, indoor running track, large fitness/weight areas, an indoor climbing wall, wireless computer connections, a food service area, and the Health and Wellness Center. In addition, the complex includes group exercise, dance and martial arts studios, a student lounge with computer terminals and wireless access points, a conference center and Starbucks. The Pro Shop, run by the UC Davis Bookstore, offers snacks, school supplies and other UC Davis item.
Often called the living room of campus, the Memorial Union is a central hub of student life. It is home to a host of student services and programs, including the ASUCD student government offices, Center for Student Involvement, Coffee House, UC Davis Store, Games Area, study lounges and meeting rooms.
Arts and Entertainment
The Mondavi Center presents a rich program of diverse artists and thinkers in public performance and as the basis for education and engagement programs on our campus and in our region. This state-of-the-art venue hosts artists such as The Decemberists, David Sedaris, Samantha Bee, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Graduate students are eligible for UC Davis student ticket rates. Visit the Mondavi Center website to view upcoming events.
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
Free to all, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is a hub of creative practice for today’s thinkers, makers and innovators, now and for generations to come. The Manetti Shrem Museum hosts an annual Graduate Exhbition, showcasing the work and research of students across disciplines at UC Davis, including Art Studio, Design, Creative Writing, Art History, Dramatic Arts, History, and Music.
Ann E. Pitzer Center
Built in 2016, the Ann E. Pitzer Center is a state-of-the-art building that houses classrooms, practice rooms and an acoustically pristine, 399-seat Recital Hall that hosts dozens of concerts each year, many of them free to UC Davis Graduate Students.
Golden 1 Center
The Golden 1 Center is an indoor arena located just a skip, hop, and jump away in Sacramento. Here you'll find events featuring the biggest names in music, sports, entertainment, and culture.
Campus Resources and Services
AB540 and Undocumented Student Center
The AB540 and Undocumented Student Center empowers students to attain their educational goals, overcome legal and financial obstacles and achieve their long-term dreams. The AB540 & Undocumented Student Center at UC Davis is proud to be a resource for undocumented students and their families.
Cross Cultural Center
Born out of student activism and political struggle, the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center provides a culturally relevant community space where student voices can be expressed and respected. The CCC cultivates critical consciousness and cultural competency by providing learning opportunities at the crossroads of the many aspects of our identities and experiences.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center
The LGBTQIA+ Resource Center promotes education as well as space for self-exploration about all sexes, genders and sexualities and their intersections with other identities. The LGBTQIA+ Resource Center values and honors that we are complex, multifaceted, and whole individuals. The LGBTQIA+ Resource Center is a dynamic, responsive and collaborative organization that serves UC Davis and the surrounding region by providing a growing spectrum of programs, resources, outreach and advocacy.
Services for International Students and Scholars
Services for International Students and Scholars assists incoming and current international students and scholars, and their families with visa and immigration issues while they are at UC Davis. In addition to preparing the necessary documents to apply for a U.S. visa, SISS assists international students and scholars in maintaining their legal status while in the United States. SISS also provides orientation, assistance, information, and referral to international students, faculty, and researchers regarding financial, personal, cultural, and academic concerns.
Student Disability Center
The University of California, Davis, is committed to ensuring equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. An integral part of that commitment is the coordination of specialized academic support services through the Student Disability Center (SDC).
The university has arranged for employees and students traveling on official university business to be covered for a wide variety of accidents and incidents while away from the campus or primary workplace.
- Regents, faculty, staff, or any person designated by UC while traveling at the direction and approval of UC. Coverage can also be provided to a spouse/domestic partner, dependent(s), and traveling companions when traveling with them; their travel should be registered.
- Students can also be covered while participating in UC sponsored and supervised off-campus activities both domestically and abroad. Registration is required for activities taking place out of state and in foreign countries.
This broad coverage includes medical care and evacuation, loss of personal property (UC employees only), extraction for political and weather related reasons, and more.
Graduate Student Association
The UC Davis Graduate Student Association (GSA) represents all academic graduate students and management students on the UC Davis campus. As the officially recognized student government, they serve to empower students and build graduate student community through activities and advocacy. The Graduate Student Association holds regular events, including Coffee Bagel Donut Day, bar nights, movie nights and more.
Graduate Ally Coalition
The UC Davis Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC) trains members of the graduate student community to serve as a resource for their peers. GAC seeks to enhance access, awareness, and availability of campus resources and information to students and groups who may experience oppression, harassment, or isolation due to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, age, maternity, language, nationality, socioeconomic status and/or religion/spirituality. GAC works to facilitate a process for graduate students to empower themselves and their colleagues to have a more successful and positive graduate school experience.
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