Where to Live

Living on campus can be a great option for those who want to quickly integrate into the UC Davis community, enjoy the convenience of being close to classes and dining options, and have access to amenities such as academic advising, study space and on-site laundry. Here are the main options if you want to live on campus:

Residence Halls

The on-campus residences halls are organized into three areas: Segundo, Tercero and Cuarto. All three areas are located on the west side of the central campus. (Yes, back in the day there was a Primero.)

Cuarto Residence Hall Area

The Cuarto area, located on the northwest corner of campus, is made up of three residence halls and is home to about 1,000 students. Here are some highlights of living in Cuarto:

  • All units are two- to four-bedroom suites
  • Each suite has a shared living room and bathroom
  • Private outdoor courtyards
  • Swimming pools and spas (Cuarto is the only residence hall area with swimming pools.)
  • Academic Advising Center (Thoreau Hall)
  • Computer Center (Emerson Hall)
  • Game area (Emerson Hall)
  • Multiple lounges and study rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Easy access to a Cuarto Dining Commons and Cuarto Market

Segundo Residence Hall Area

Segundo area, which is home to about 1,500 students, includes 14 residence halls that are organized into three regions: Alder, Thompson and Miller halls to the northwest ("Segundo North"); Bixby, Gilmore, Malcolm and Ryerson halls in the center ("the high rises"); and Regan Hall's seven buildings to the southeast. Here are some highlights of Segundo:

  • Adjacent to the Activities and Recreation Center (The ARC)
  • Near the Student Health and Wellness Center
  • Close proximity to basketball and tennis courts
  • Sports fields are located nearby
  • Short walk to several campus computer labs
  • The Campus Store, Memorial Union and Quad are a short walk or bike ride away
  • Closest of the three residence hall areas to most plant science, enology, math, psychology and social science and humanities buildings
  • Several acres of manicured lawns and shade trees
  • Very close proximity to community shopping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Academic Advising Center and study spaces
  • Computer Center
  • Easy access to Segundo Dining Commons and a convenience store called The Junction

Tercero Residence Hall Area

Tercero is the most centrally located housing area on campus, is home to about 2400 students and includes 12 buildings: Campbell, Cottonwood, Currant, Kearney, Laben, Live Oak, Mahogany, Pine, Potter, Scrub Oak, Sequoia and Wall halls. Here are some highlights of Tercero:

Student Housing Apartments

Adobe Apartments

Located two miles from campus, this two-story building is situated in a quiet neighborhood, has two-, three- and four-room units available, each with its own bathroom and a mini fridge, and houses 125-296 students. It has an on-site fitness center.

Arlington Farm

Located two miles from campus, this apartment complex offers one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom apartments and houses 150-314 students. It has an on-site fitness center and pool.

The Colleges at La Rue

Located on campus, in between the Student Health and Wellness Center and Recreation Pool, The Colleges is home to 100-223 students. It has two-, three-, and four-bedroom floor plans; a fitness center, study center and laundry facility, all of which are open 24-hours; and BBQ areas with courtyards.

The Lexington

Located in the heart of downtown Davis, only a few blocks from campus, the Lexington offers two-, three-, and four-bedroom units, each with their own bathroom. It features an on-site convenience store, swimming pool and spa, and free covered parking, among other amenities. This complex houses 135-171 students.

Primero Grove

Located on campus between the Segundo Residence Halls and the International Center, Primero Grove comprises four apartment buildings: Laurel, Magnolia, Manzanita and Spruce. Primero Grove offers studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units. All units have a stove, oven, dishwasher and refrigerator, and 280-400 students live here.

Net Zero Living

UC Davis West Village Apartments

UC Davis West Village, which is just west of Highway 113 and is only a short bus ride (Unitrans V line) from the heart of campus, introduces a new concept in university living that combines sophisticated comforts with environmentally thoughtful design. West Village comprises three apartment communities—The Ramble, Viridian and Solstice apartments—that are designed to be zero net energy communities.

The Ramble Apartments

The Ramble Apartments are three-story buildings, each surrounding shared courtyards connected by a rambling bike path that leads to the core of campus. Using pioneering green building technologies, these apartments are designed to use 50 percent less energy than traditionally-constructed buildings. Each unit includes a washer and dryer, and a full kitchen with dishwasher. Utilities, including internet, are included in rent. (See leasing center for details.) Two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments are available.


These stylish one- and two-bedroom apartment homes have loft-style floor plans with private balconies and sophisticated finishes, bringing uptown amenities to a college town locale. The unique roofline features solar panels geared to generate sustainable energy for the community. One- and two-bedroom apartments are available.

Solstice Apartments

The Solstice Apartments use pioneering green building technologies and design principles. Each unit includes a washer and dryer, and a full kitchen with dishwasher. Two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments are available.

The Center

The Ramble, Viridian and Solstice residents have access to The Center, a 15,000-square-foot recreation building located in the heart of s West Village. The interiors feature a state-of-the-art fitness facility with yoga studio, gaming and technology rooms, study lounges and a multipurpose room complete with theater. Outdoor amenities include a sand volleyball court, recreation and lap pools, spa and outdoor kitchen with barbecue grills.

Unique Living Options

The Tri Co-ops

The Tri Cooperatives are one community comprising three craftsman-style houses on campus that place emphasis on low-impact living. Approximately 12–14 residents occupy each house. The Tri Co-ops give students the opportunity to experience communal living, gardening and consensus-based decision-making.

The Baggins End Domes

The Baggins End Domes is an on-campus community co-designed and built by students in 1972. Located in the Sustainable Living/Learning Community at the western end of Orchard Park Drive, the community provides affordable, cooperative housing for 26 full-time UC Davis students in 14 fiberglass domes, with gardens and community spaces. It is one of the only student co-housing communities in the US. Continuing undergraduate, graduate and professional students may apply for housing at the Baggins End Domes. Space is limited.

Graduate Student Housing

8th and Wake

8th and Wake is a graduate-student housing community that offers four-bedroom, two- bathroom suite-style floor plans. The living room and kitchen come fully furnished with a sofa, coffee table, two accent chairs, a side table and a four-person bistro dining table. Bedroom furniture is optional and includes a desk and chair, a stackable/under-bed dresser, nightstand, and a double/full-sized bed frame and mattress.

The Atriums at La Rue

The Atriums at La Rue Park is a privately managed apartment complex on campus for single UC Davis graduate students.

Housing for Students with Families

Russell Park

Russell Park is a privately owned and managed apartment complex located on the UC Davis campus. Designed specifically for students with families, Russell Park has two playground areas on grounds. Apartments feature semi-private entry courts, kitchens furnished with a gas range, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and sink garbage disposal; downstairs units are outfitted with a private patio, while upstairs units feature vaulted ceilings.

Solano Park

The Solano Park Apartment complex is available primarily to full-time students with children and has a strong international flavor and family-oriented atmosphere. Located in the southeast corner of campus next to the UC Davis Arboretum, it has an assortment of two- and three-story buildings with 108 one-bedroom and 168 two-bedroom apartments surrounded by lawns, playgrounds and park benches. Solano Park is close to the main campus library and downtown Davis.

Other Housing Resources

Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities are special interest communities within the residence halls that provide an opportunity for students with similar interests to live in the same hall or on the same floor, creating an educational community that supports its residents. The communities allow students to enjoy both unique activities related to a theme as well as create more traditional, social, and recreational opportunities.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

Student Housing and Dining Services recognizes that finding appropriate housing accommodations can be of great concern to transgender, gender queer and gender-nonconforming students and has set up processes to make finding comfortable housing as easy as possible. Student Housing and Dining Services offers a variety of options for LGBTQIA+ students, such as The Rainbow Community for first-year students.

Community Housing Listing

The Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD) Community Housing Listing is an online database that students and Davis community members can use to search for available housing off campus. You can also add a listing to the database for a nominal fee.

The Safe Party Initiative

The Safe Party Initiative is a collaborative effort between the City of Davis and UC Davis and is endorsed by the Davis Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Group. The Safe Party Initiative website has a number of tips and resources for communicating with your neighbors and keeping your party from ending on a low note.