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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? Whatever your passion, there's a place or program 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. Grab your crampons and stop by our indoor climbing wall. (Don’t have crampons? No problem. You can rent them, and any other type of athletic gear, in the Equipment Store.) Or 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, 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’re brand-new to the sport or an experienced rider, you’ll gain skills and confidence under the direction of our professionally trained staff. Our equestrian team offers you the chance to ride, jump and show competitively; and our boarding program means you may even be able to bring your own horse to campus.

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 firewalking, martial arts to music. Besides learning unusual new skills, you can also get involved in environmentalist actions at the Student Environmental Resource Center or 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 35 different club sports and 14,500 participants in 51 different 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 US, routinely beating some of the best teams in the state. Our women's lightweight eight-boat is ranked 15th in the nation
  • The Aggie kendo team, in its third tournament appearance, took first place at the 12th annual Harvard-Invitational Shoryuhai Intercollegiate Kendo Tournament, the nation's most prestigious club kendo event

Outdoor Adventures

It’s a big world out there. With Outdoor Adventures, you can explore every part of it! Kayak through Baja California’s sunlit waters. 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 equipment from OA’s Outdoor Store.

Recreation Pool

Dive right in and enjoy a swim in the largest free-form pool west of the Mississippi. 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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