Staying healthy—physically and mentally—is really important when you are a student. However, it’s not always easy to stay healthy if you have a demanding course load, are managing relationships with friends or a significant other and are involved in extracurricular activities. Luckily, there are a number of resources on campus to help students stay in tip-top shape in both body and mind.
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) provides a wide variety of medical, mental health and wellness services to all registered UC Davis students regardless of insurance coverage. View service fees and a map to the facility location.
IMPORTANT: SHCS DOES NOT HAVE AN EMERGENCY ROOM FACILITY. IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL OR PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY CALL 911.
Primary care appointments are staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses experienced in the medical needs of college students. The majority of the health issues you may experience while here at UC Davis will be effectively handled in this clinic.
Advice Nurse services are available at no charge for all UC Davis students wishing to discuss medical and mental health concerns and determine the need for care. These services, which are staffed by a registered nurse, can help you make informed decisions about your situation and direct you to the most appropriate departmental or campus resource.
Call 530-752-2349 or schedule an in-person appointment at the UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center.
Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers both medical and mental health acute care services on the first floor of the Student Health and Wellness Center during normal hours of operation. Please note, wait times can vary since priority is given according to the severity of the problem.
Care in Davis*
Sutter Davis Urgent Care
2020 Sutter Place #101
Davis, CA 95616
Weekdays: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Davis Urgent Care
4515 Fermi Place #105 (Across from Target)
Davis, CA 95618
Open Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
*Please check with your insurance provider for your urgent care treatment options. Please inquire with facility about fees and insurance coverage.
Physician specialists are available to complement our primary care services. Because they are here for a limited time each week, a referral is required from a physician or nurse practitioner. We have specialists in:
Health Education and Promotion Resources
Health Education and Promotion (HEP) is a primary resource to help you achieve wellness through education and creating health-promoting environments. HEP focuses on issues related to nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, wellness, stress management, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Where to Buy Medicine
The Pharmacy at the Student Health and Wellness Center can fill all prescriptions and has a number of over-the-counter and self-care supplies available at competitive prices.
The UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) is a medical and mental health, dental and vision insurance coverage option available to all UC Davis students. All registered UC Davis Students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP; however, if you are already covered by a health insurance plan and do not wish to be enrolled in UC SHIP, you can waive enrollment by submitting a waiver application prior to the start of each and every new academic year that you are enrolled.
With the support of campus, the Health Fee Oversight Committee, and the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP), students can apply for financial assistance, in the form of a grant. Funds are available to all students who are experiencing significant out-of-pocket expenses related to accessing health care. Grants may be requested for expenses that total at least $50.
If you're having a mental health emergency, call 911 immediately.
For after-hours mental health assistance by phone:
Call 530-752-2349 (follow the prompts) or
Yolo County Suicide Prevention, available 24-hours, every day: 530-756-5000
As a college student you may experience stress while meeting academic demands, adjusting to a new living environment and developing friendships. The stress you experience may or may not be harmful depending on the level. Eustress (mild to moderate stress) can act as a motivator and energizer; however, distress (high levels of stress) can result in medical or social problems. Read more about signs and symptoms of stress and tip on how to manage stress. If you need additional support in stress management, make an appointment with counseling services.
Counseling Services provides free, confidential, short-term therapy to registered UC Davis students. The initial consultation will help clarify your needs and direct you to appropriate services.
Counseling Services help you with:
- Academic Problems
- Alcohol and Drug Use and Abuse
- Career Counseling
- Conflict Resolution
- Eating Disorders
- Family Problems
- Identity Concerns
- Personal Development
- Problems with Intimacy
- Relationship Concerns
- Sexual Assault
- Stress Management
Counseling Services also offers group counseling consisting of 4–10 students meeting weekly. This service is only available to registered UC Davis students and at no cost. Call or visit the Counseling Services office for more information.
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
Physical activity is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating exercise and recreation into your daily routine can increase your energy and improve your confidence. Campus Recreation’s Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) offers both informal and formal recreation opportunities, making it easy for you to keep fit, relax, have fun and meet your fitness goals. View ARC hours.
Campus Recreation's Fitness and Wellness program at the ARC provides a multitude of opportunities, from personal training to group exercise classes. In addition, the dietary analysis and nutrition consultation options provide excellent wellness opportunities.
UC Davis has a number of pools on campus that offer students a place to either exercise through swimming or relax and escape those stressful days. Campus Recreation offers Hickey Pool and Recreation Pool.
Campus Recreation also offers several opportunities to stay fit and get some fresh air through organized trips and classes that are offered through the Outdoor Adventures program. Students can participate using the Adventure Pass, which is a membership program for Outdoor Adventures that provides members with amazing benefits.
Or, if you are more interested in venturing out on your own, the outdoor adventure program also has equipment rentals available. They have equipment for camping, backpacking, water sports, rock climbing, mountaineering and snow gear available at reasonable prices.
Rec Sports and Sport Clubs
Campus Recreation offers both Rec Sports (formerly Intramural Sports) and sport club programs to provide students, faculty, staff, alumni and other university affiliates the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitive and recreational sport activities. Rec Sports offers more than 27 different activities (Men’s, Women’s and CoRec) and also a sport club program where members of the UC Davis community can pick up a new skill, meet friends and have fun playing.
The Student Health and Wellness Center offers free nutrition services to all UC Davis students with UC SHIP insurance including personalizes nutrition assessment and free cooking classes in the Teaching Kitchen.
Food is one of the most basic and important human needs, yet unfortunately an increasing number of college students across the country are going hungry as food insecurity worsens. UC Davis has a number of on-campus resources and off-campus partnerships to help prevent food insecurity in our campus community. One such program is called Fruit & Veggie Up!, which distributes fresh produce for free to UC Davis students, Monday through Friday at the Aggie Compass office in the Memorial Union.