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Donna Davami, a genetics major, is happily surprised by a Golden Turtle Lion Dance Association lion dancer.

Davis is a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in the heart of beautiful Northern California. The state capital is 15 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive. A Mediterranean climate with dry summers, mild winters and about 265 days of sunshine annually means our students are active and outdoors much of the year.

The student-friendly, student-focused atmosphere that makes UC Davis one of the top 10 happiest college campuses in the United States (Newsweek and The Daily Beast College Rankings, 2011) extends to the surrounding city of Davis as well. So it's no surprise that most students live in Davis, and make up nearly half the population.

Davis Community

The Davis community offers wonderful cultural and recreational opportunities for students, and is active and safe. Nearly 100 restaurants, three golf courses, three movie theaters, retail businesses, bookstores, coffeehouses, gyms, dance clubs, concerts, museums, weekly farmers' markets and special events attract students and residents alike.

Davis is known as a progressive, environmentally-conscious city. Long recognized as a pioneer in urban planning, Davis is designed to be accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists, and growth limitations have preserved much of the surrounding area as open space. The city has more than 100 miles of bike paths and lanes, and is home to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. UC Davis West Village, which includes student, faculty and staff housing, a recreation center, village square and the Sacramento City College Davis Center, is the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States. Extensive recycling and waste reduction programs demonstrate Davis' commitment to conserving our environment.


Campus is a short distance from most housing in Davis, and students typically ride bikes or use the student-run Unitrans bus system, which is free for undergraduates. Students who need a ride out of town can take advantage of our campus ridesharing network, Zimride, or borrow a car through our Zipcar program. Davis is located along California's Capitol Corridor, making public transit easily accessible by bus, train and plane.


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