w7ldcard wrote: bkegslounge wrote:
w7ldcard wrote:I have lived in Davis most of my life so if you have any questions feel free to ask away!
Coming from LA, I assume rent is relatively reasonable. Do you know the most popular living arrangements for someone at UC Davis (e.g. grad school housing? shared apartment? renting out a house with a couple people?) and the respective price range? Also, do you need a car? I hear Davis is very bike friendly but also pretty spread out.
Davis is pretty expensive for housing. Depending on what your arrangements are going to be you will be looking at $500 - $700 to share an apartment. There is a housing search service through the University that allows you to find housing dedicated to students.
You are going to get the most bang for your buck not living in an apartment complex. If you plan on bringing a car don't live in University Village.
Bikes are great in Davis so you don't need a car if you are okay with getting a little wet in the winter time.
I just want to second everything said above. It's more expensive to live there than you'd expect. Apartments right next to campus rip people off. For being in the central valley, the housing cost is ridiculous. Compared to L.A., it will seem cheap though. I'm from San Diego, and I went to UG at UC Davis. I used to get angry paying that much for a place in a small city in the middle of nowhere, far away from the ocean. The extra $100-$200 you'd pay in San Diego near the beach seems worth it to me. However, I lived in a house in Davis for two years and paid $550 for a small, single room (then add on utilities, water bas sewer, internet, etc). I paid less than a lot of my friends.
Grad housing doesn't really exist. There is some grad/housing for families, but families are prioritized. There are some privatized on campus apartments, but those are really expensive and very hard to get. I used to work for Student Housing, so I'm pretty familiar with the university housing situation. Sharing a house with a couple other people seems to be the most cost-effective method (and the most fun really).
Your best bet for getting to campus is biking or taking Unitrans, the UC Davis student run bus line. It's extremely convenient for getting to campus. It's free for undergrads but not for grad students. It's pretty cheap though. Cars are really convenient for getting around the City of Davis, but they're not necessary. Parking passes for cars on-campus are really expensive. I had a car while in Davis, but I used the bus/bike method to get to campus everyday. It's actually quicker than being stuck in traffic and then finding somewhere to park and then walking to your class.
If you want to learn all about the city of Davis and UC Davis, check out this website: http://daviswiki.org