Davisville Management Company welcomes all new students to Davis and welcomes back our returning students. The UC Davis Academic Year starts on September 25, 2023 and not only do you need to get ready for school, you also need to take some time to search and explore the many things there are to do in and around the UC Davis campus. There are plenty of things to keep you busy until instruction begins on September 27, 2023.

Campus Living

If you are a Freshman at UC Davis, it is highly likely that you will be living on campus. On-campus living is perfect for your first year at college. It gives you a low-friction opportunity to become acclimated to college life and to learn about the surrounding community.

UC Davis offers choices for living on-campus. Your choices will depend on whether you are a new undergraduate student, transfer and continuing undergraduate student, if you have a family, or if you are a single graduate student.

  • Residence Halls
  • University Apartments

However, after your first year at college, or closer to 3-4 months, you may find the dorm life may not be what you are looking for. You will need to start thinking about “next steps” in your college studies and about finding someplace to live that is off campus. There are number of advantages to living off-campus.

Make sure you, your family, and potential roommates have a good conversation about where the best place to live in Davis would be. These tips will help you understand more about apartment living off campus.

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UC Davis Move-In Day

Move in days at UC Davis are as follows:

  • Friday, September 16, 2023 (returning residents at Cuarto)
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 through Thursday, September 21, 2023

Make sure you schedule your move in appointment through the myHousing portal as instructed in the email you should receive.

Take a look at the UC Davis Residence Hall FAQ. This contains all sorts of information that will help guide you through the student dorm and apartment move in process.

Aggie Orientation Schedule

There are a lot of dates and deadlines to remember for the beginning of the UC Davis 2023 school year. The best place to start so you don’t miss any of the important dates or deadlines is to visit the UC Davis Orientation page.

UC Davis provides three steps to a successful orientation and to be prepared for your first quarter at UC Davis.

Here is a list of events that are part of the Aggie Orientation. Get all the details at the Program Sneak Peek.

  • OL Group Meetings
  • Welcome from your academic college
  • Programming with your academic college
  • Aggie Success: A Professor’s Guide
  • Davisfest Resource Fair
  • Evening programming
  • Dive Into Downtown
  • Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.
  • Health, Wellness, and You!

UC Davis Student Affairs has a calendar of special events in which students and families may be interested. There are a lot of interesting things to do. Have a look at…


If things go sideways or if you need special assistance during Fall Welcome, contact UC Davis Student Housing directly.

Office Hours
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time
Closed from noon – 1 p.m. for lunch

(530) 752-4443


Student Housing, Madrone Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

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Dive Into Downtown

Exploring the community is a big part of the Fall Welcome activities. This year, downtown businesses are welcoming UC Davis students to come downtown and explore what Downtown Davis has to offer.

Downtown Davis is immediately next to the eastern edge of the UC Davis campus. A quick walk across campus gets you right to a number of restaurants to enjoy and business services you need.

On September 21, 2023 and September 24, 2023 UC Davis students will be given a guided walking tour of the downtown. What makes this tour great is that there are a “boat load” of special offers and discounts which students can enjoy while learning about Downtown Davis.

Here are places that are offering something special for UC Davis students. Be sure to stop by and say “hello!”

  • Cultivé Frozen Yogurt
  • Davis Creamery
  • Icekrimski Café
  • Let Them Eat Cake
  • Mishka’s Café
  • Sharetea
  • Upper Crust Baking
  • YoloBerry Yogurt
  • Davis Community Church
  • Davis Food Co-op
  • Davis Natural Food Works
  • Mabel’s Farm Box
  • FIT House
  • Helmus Optometry
  • Kaiju BJJ Academy
  • Starchild Massage Therapy
  • The UPS Store Davis
  • Picasso Salon
  • Falafel Corner
  • Local Kitchen
  • Open Rice Kitchen
  • Pho King 4
  • Red 88
  • Season’s Kitchen and Bar
  • Steve’s Pizza
  • Thai Canteen
  • The Hotdogger
  • Woodstock’s Pizza
  • APEX Cycles & Service
  • Armadillo Music
  • Avid Reader
  • Bohème Clothing & Gifts
  • Fleet Feet
  • Logos Books
  • Sleep Center
  • Soccer and Lifestyle
  • The Artery
  • UC Davis Downtown Store
  • Vault Board Shop
  • Volleys Tennis Shop
  • Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store

See the specials at https://davisdowntown.com/dive-into-downtown-fall-2023/