UC Davis – Davis, CA

The University of California at Davis is a large public research university located 21 miles west of Sacramento. Professors and students associated with the school comprise the majority of the population of the neighborhood. A densely populated downtown area adjacent to the school provides residents with restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities. Residents also enjoy the other amenities that come with living in a college town, such as many natural areas, an active nightlife scene and frequent festivals throughout the year.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Residents enjoy access to many restaurants along the streets of downtown Davis. Most locals consider Burgers and Brew the best place in town to get a burger. Try an avocado cheeseburger with a pile of hot garlic fries and spicy guacamole to sample the restaurant's best offerings. Vegetarians can also indulge at this burger joint - it serves many meatless options, such as the well-dressed side salad. Grab a cold brew from the large selection of draft beers for the perfect pairing. With many toppings and fillings, the humble crepe is transformed into a hearty meal at Crepeville. The pesto crepe with tomato, pesto and black olives ranks among the favorite dishes, and customers rave about the house potatoes served as a side dish. Treat yourself to the eggs Benedict in the morning, and save room for an apple crepe with apples and brown sugar for dessert. Enjoy a trip to the Mediterranean by dining at Sam's Mediterranean Cuisine, where the beef shawarma with yogurt sauce makes for a satisfying meal. The gyros and falafel are also crowd favorites. Quick service and daily specials make this restaurant a popular place to grab lunch. Living in a college town, residents of UC Davis enjoy several bars and clubs that provide nightlife options. Most locals make it to Cafe Bernardo at some point during their nights out to drink a unique concoction called the wicky wacky woo. This drink packs a powerful punch with several types of alcohol mixed together - and it's impossible to drink more than three according to Davis legend. The bar gets packed on weekend nights, but the crowd of people yields a lively and upbeat vibe.

History & Culture

UC Davis was established in 1909 as a school that focused on agriculture. Although the town was small at the time, it rapidly grew as the university expanded. Today, UC Davis encompasses more than 5,300 acres of land, making it the second-largest UC Campus. The town has an active arts scene and many annual events. The Nelson Gallery showcases rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, and people stop by the Carl N. Gorman museum to view art produced by the Native Americans. Explore the history of bikes by visiting the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Picnic Day remains a cherished tradition at UC Davis and serves as an annual open house that features live music, animal racing and parades. Encompassing the entire quad, Whole Earth Festival spans an entire weekend and features several bands, group yoga and fire dancing.


Many residents use bikes for transportation, as Davis regularly ranks among the most bike-friendly cities in the country. A lot of infrastructure exists to support bikes, such as bike lanes on nearly every road, bike circles and traffic signals especially for bikes. People also take advantage of the many routes operated by the bus system to get around the neighborhood. Crosswalks and sidewalks facilitate walking as well. Uber operates in the area, and residents can also call a taxi company to arrange a ride. I-880 runs along the edge of UC Davis, providing access to nearby areas. Board the Capital Corridor train for service to Sacramento or Oakland. The Yolobus provides service around the entire county, and a shuttle runs between UC Davis and UC Berkeley.


Access to many amenities comes at a price, as the cost of living in UC Davis is 24 percent higher than in Sacramento. Median monthly rent for a one-bedroom residence runs around $1,200 and residents pay around 7 percent more than the national average for gasoline. Expect to pay about $6 for a pint of beer at a local bar. Getting from Davis to Sacramento on the Yolobus costs $3.


The major shopping areas lie along the streets of downtown and around the are's edges. Few high-value stores exist, with the exception of a shopping center on the outskirts of town that contains a Target. Locals shop for groceries at Safeway, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's. The Davis Food Co-Op also remains a popular place for those who want to buy locally-grown or specialty food items. The farmers market features food vendors and baked goods in addition to local produce. Add exotic flair to your home with an intricately carved Buddha statue or African tribal mask from Found. The store's owner travels the world and picks out unique handmade items to sell. This establishment makes for a perfect spot to pick out a one-of-a-kind gift, and the owner can tell you the history behind each piece in the store.


Central Park provides residents with a chance to enjoy a walk after dining at one of the many restaurants nearby. The park remains popular among children for the extensive playground equipment, and people enjoy pick-up games of basketball on the courts. The Farmers Market takes place in the park, as do live music events and movie screenings. Let your dog run free at Toad Hollow Dog Park, which features separate areas for large and small dogs. Water fountains for dogs, as well as frisbees and balls for community use, make the area a popular spot for those who want to let their dog exercise. Take a break from the daily grind by strolling through the flowers at the UC Davis Arboretum. Informational placards around plants allow visitors to learn about native flora as they walk. The park also attracts area wildlife, such as squirrels and turtles. Visit a California icon by walking through the redwood grove, or listen to music during the frequent folk music jam sessions. The staff also regularly hosts informational talks and movies. Students frequent the arboretum for a scenic diversion from the stresses of college life.
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