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A group of students scaling the climbing wall inside the Activities and Recreation Center

We know you can't spend all your time studying! What do you like to do for fun? Horseback riding? Whitewater rafting? Arts and crafts?

Inner tube water polo, anyone? Dodgeball or Quidditch?

Whatever your passion, whatever your fun, there's a place at UC Davis where you can enjoy your favorite recreational activities.

Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

The ARC is our central location for every kind of indoor athletic activity. Enjoy strength training, high-energy aerobics, cardio workouts and more. Play a game of pickup basketball or meet a friend for some high-energy racquetball. Grab your running shoes and hit the indoor track, or slip on your climbing shoes to scramble up the indoor rock wall. (Don’t have climbing shoes? No problem. You can rent them, and many other kinds of athletic gear, in the Outdoor Adventures equipment store.) On game days, join the Aggie Pack on the main floor of the ARC Pavilion to cheer on our Division I intercollegiate teams!

Craft Center

Learn new skills and perfect old ones at the Craft Center. The beauty of craftsmanship is celebrated here in a wide range of well-equipped laboratories and workshops. Choose from over 80 subjects taught by student and community member instructors. From bookbinding to welding, glass-blowing to woodworking, there’s hardly any handcraft you can’t explore here.

Equestrian Center

Saddle up! The Equestrian Center operates an extensive year-round English and Western riding program. Whether you are brand-new to the sport or an experienced rider, you’ll gain skills and confidence under the direction of our professionally trained staff. The center includes an indoor riding arena and a grass derby field with surrounding galloping track, and students can board their own horses in a pasture or stall with staff on-site 24 hours a day. Our equestrian club team offers you the chance to ride, jump and show competitively, too.

Experimental College

Ready for something a little out of the ordinary? The Experimental College, a UC Davis tradition for over 20 years, offers student-led classes in everything from yoga to belly dancing, martial arts to music. You can also plant a garden in one of the EC’s organic gardening plots. Look for the EC’s schedule of classes at the beginning of each quarter!

Intramural and Club Sports, a Team for Everyone

Intramural (IM) Sports

UC Davis Campus Recreation IM sports and student club sports give all students, faculty, staff and alumni an opportunity to get active, have fun and expand their athletic horizons. IM Sports offers a broad range of activities (men’s, women’s and co-recreational) in traditional sports such as basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball and flag football, as well as non-traditional activities such as ultimate frisbee, inner tube water polo, floor hockey and dodge ball. IM Sports also presents tournaments and leagues for individuals and two-person teams in such activities as badminton, racquetball and tennis.

Sport Clubs

Campus Recreation’s Sport Clubs program promotes participation in a wide range of intercollegiate athletic competition. Each sport club is managed and run by the participants themselves. Sport club participants not only enjoy the rewards of athletic competition, but they also gain skills in collaboration, leadership, problem-solving and financial management.

Quick Facts

  • UC Davis has one of the largest and most diverse sport club programs in the nation, with over 1,400 participants in more than 30 different club sports and 19,000+ participants in dozens of traditional and non-traditional intramural sports.
  • Our sport club teams are organized and managed entirely by students, offering exceptional opportunities for leadership development.
  • Most sports have leagues for men, women and mixed gender teams in five ability divisions: Recreational, Residence Hall, AA, A and B.
  • Students living in the residence halls can compete in their own leagues.
  • Nationwide, our men's crew is a perennial powerhouse and one of the most successful collegiate rowing club programs in the U.S., routinely beating some of the best teams in the state. Our women's lightweight eight-boat is also highly ranked nationally.
  • The UC Davis women's water polo club team regularly takes top spots at the national club championships.

Outdoor Adventures

It’s a big world out there. With Outdoor Adventures, you can explore every part of it! Kayak through sunlit waters on Tomales Bay at the Pacific coast's Point Reyes National Seashore. Scale steep rock cliffs in the Sierra Nevada. Learn survival skills like orienteering or CPR… or train for your EMT certification. And if you’re in the mood for solo adventure, you can even rent a variety of outdoor equipment.

Recreation Pool

Dive right in and enjoy a swim at our inviting recreation pool, free for students. The Rec Pool's unique configuration provides space for lap lanes, a sun-warming island, a diving area and plenty of room for just splashing around. Need to brush up on your water skills? Lessons are available for swimmers of every ability level.



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