Getting to Davis

  • Airports
  • Trains
    • Three different Amtrak routes stop in Davis: the Capitol Corridor, the Coast Starlight, and the California Zephyr. The Capitol Corridor goes East-West, connecting Davis and Sacramento to Oakland and San Jose. The Coast Starlight runs North-South, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The California Zephyr goes from East to West, connecting Chicago with Oakland. The Capitol Corridor runs the most frequently.

Travel within Davis

  • Unitrans 
    • Unitrans is the bus service that is sponsored by UC Davis and the city of Davis. It has routes connecting campus and the rest of the city. Fares are $1.25 inbound toward a terminal or outbound when boarded outside a terminal. Fare is free if going outbound from the Silo or MU terminals. 10-ride and monthly passes are available from the Unitrans office.
  • Yolobus
    • Yolobus serves the county of Yolo. It has buses that operate within Davis and that travel to other parts of the county and to Sacramento. It connects SMF airport to Davis. Fare is $2.25 one way. The Yolobus stops at the MU bus stop on campus. Monthly passes are available.


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Where are the dorms? Tercero (Campbell and Potter Halls)

How do I get into the dorms? The dorms are located to the southwest of the quad, along Dairy Rd across from the dairy cattle; they can be reached by foot, bike, car, or bus.

What if I lose my key or I am locked out of my dorm? If you are locked out of your room or building, you may check out a temporary key card from the conference desk. Any individual who loses a key or otherwise fails to return one will be subject to a fine.

Or you can also Contact the Student Housing and Dining Services at (530) 752-2033.

Main Office Hours Telephone:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

In Person:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Is there a bus to the dorms? You can take the X Line from the Memorial Union to Tercero on the weekends. The bus is free if traveling between locations on campus.

How do I get from the dorms to Olson Hall?

Head east on La Rue Road

Take a left on Mrak Hall Drive

Continue on bike paths past Mrak Hall to Hutchison Dr

Take a right on Hutchison Drive

Olson (south side) is on the left hand side at the end of Hutchison Drive

Alternate route to Olson (north side):

Head west on La Rue Rd (a right coming out of the Tercero parking lot)

Take a right on Dairy Rd

Take a right on Hutchison Dr

Turn left on California Ave (at the roundabout near the Silo)

Turn right on Shields Ave (Olson will be on the right, past the library, after the next roundabout)

Can I leave my bags in the check-in room? Yes, you may. We are not liable for any stolen or missing baggage.

Is there a place where I can use a Washer/Dryer? Yes! There is one located in Tercero for anyone staying in the dorms.


Meal Plan

Are there food options at the dorms? Students who have purchased meal plans will have access to meals at Segundo Dining Commons (northwest of the quad). Students who are staying in the dorms have meal plans included automatically.

How do students access the dining commons? Students will need to present their dorm access cards to gain entrance to the Dining Commons (DC). The DC operates as an all-you-can-eat buffet.




Stuff on campus

Check out this interactive campus map!

  • Food

  •  Silo
    • The Silo is located in center campus. It has a bus terminal, restaurants, a bike shop, a consignment store, a market, food trucks, and study spaces. Its eateries include Peet’s Coffee, the Crepe Bistro, Spokes Grill, and the Gunrock, the only full-service restaurant on campus. The food trucks outside the Silo building rotate, and include Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Filipino, Korean, and Japanese cuisine.
    • Memorial Union
      • The Memorial Union is the main student union on campus. It houses various organizations, offices, study spaces, a market, and the Coffee House, a food court. The Coffee House (known as CoHo for short) includes a cafe, pizza, pho, tacos, sandwiches, bagels, sushi, pasta, soup, and more.
    • SCC CoHo
      • The CoHo has a satellite cafe location at the Student Community Center, close to the Silo. It serves coffee and some food items.
    • Dining Commons
      • Students staying in the dorms will have three meals a day at the dining commons. We will provide more information when the housing information is finalized.
  • Campus Store/Games 

    • Within the Memorial Union, there is a campus store with UC Davis merchandise, books, school supplies, gift items, art supplies and more. In addition, the MU contains a Games Area with a bowling alley, billiards, console gaming, and board games for rent.
  • Other stuff on/around campus

    • As an agricultural school, UC Davis has lots of animals on campus which the public can see, including cows, horses, sheep, and countless multitudes of squirrels. The arboretum at the southern edge of campus is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic (although please be careful about feeding the ducks).
    • As an agricultural school, UC Davis has lots of animals on campus which the public can see, including cows, horses, sheep, and countless multitudes of squirrels. The arboretum at the southern edge of campus is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic (although please be careful about feeding the ducks).
    • On Wednesday afternoons (4:30 pm – 8:00 pm) and Saturday mornings (8:00 am – 1:00 pm), Central Park in downtown Davis hosts a popular Farmer’s Market, with fresh, locally grown produce, plenty of space for picnicking, a playground area for kids, and live music from local artists.
    • There are musical/theatrical performances at the Mondavi Center on campus. There are several art museums in town and one on campus (Manetti Shrem).
    • There are two mainstream movie theaters in town and one independent theater. There are many coffee shops and ice cream/frozen yogurt places. There are several bars scattered around town, many of which host trivia nights, karaoke, and musical events/dancing.
    • Furthermore, Sacramento offers a wide variety of entertainment and is only 20 miles away.
    • In addition, the Bay Area is about 80 miles away and can be accessed by train.
  • Getting around campus

  • Resources

    • WRRC
      • The Women’s Resource and Research Center is located in North Hall on the main quad, across from the MU. It provides resources and programming for women-identifying and marginalized gender-identifying people.
    • ARC
      • The Activities and Recreation Center is the main gym on campus. Institute participants have the option of buying a membership to use over the summer to use the ARC facilities.
    • SCC
    • Library
      • Shields Library is located in the center of campus, just off the quad. As UC Davis affiliates, Institute participants will be given limited library privileges.
  • Davis: Off-campus

    • Downtown
      • Downtown Davis is host to numerous restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s located right next to campus, and it caters to both students and families.
    • Farmer’s market
      • Downtown Davis also hosts the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday. The Market hosts local produce and craft stalls, food trucks, and live music.
    • Printing Poster Information
      • To print your poster for the Poster Sessions, we suggest you check out the FedEx office downtown on F Street.



What should I bring to Davis?

  • Laptop
  • Clothes for warm weather
  • Swimsuits
  • Sunscreen
  • Portable fan for your room
  • Bathrobe, shower caddy, shower shoes (if you’re in the dorms)
  • Walking shoes
  • Bicycle (if you’re driving and can fit one)