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Getting Settled

Information on housing, transportation, campus life and living in Davis

Congratulations to our newly admitted class of Master's of Science in Viticulture & Enology vintage 2016!

For complete information to get you started, please consult the Graduate Student Handbook .

Campus Life

  • Graduate Student Orientation: New graduate students are officially introduced to UC Davis during the Office of Graduate Studies Week of Orientation and Welcome (WOW).  During this time, students are informed of all the resources and services offered at UC Davis. While the official program and registration for WOW are not available yet, please note that International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) will be held September 17th-19th,2014, and Week of Welcome will be held September 22nd-26th.
  • The Department of Viticulture & Enology also hosts its own New Student Orientation and New Teaching Assistant Orientation in the Fall to orient incoming students to the department's own resources and requirements. These typically take place the Monday and Tuesday prior to the start of instruction.


Living in Davis

  • DavisWiki is a comprehensive user-updated guide to the City of Davis. It includes community events, and listings and reviews for area services and businesses.


The Office of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Resource Guide also provides extensive information about campus and city resources.



  • On Campus Housing is arranged through UC Davis Housing
  • Off Campus Housing can be found using:

The Community Housing Listing service of the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD)

The Davis Enterprise, the local newspaper, with classifieds

The California Aggie, the on-campus newspaper, with classifieds

CraigsList Sacramento, a free online classified ad service



  • Transportation and commuting options within the city and the campus can be explored through UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS)
  • Bicycles: Davis is famous for its cycling culture. Bicycles are among the most popular modes of transportation in town, and the quickest way to navigate the campus. All bikes on the UC Davis campus must have a current California Bicycle License, available from area bicycle stores and from TAPS. Registering yourself as a bicycle commuter with TAPS entitles you to free campus parking permits for emergency days. To learn the campus bicycling code, please watch the TAPS bicycle safety video.

  • Unitrans: The city of Davis and the Associated Students of UCDavis (ASUCD) jointly operate Unitrans, the city's public bus network.
  • Cars: The closest parking structure to the Robert Mondavi Institute is the South Entry Parking Structure, which is located to the east of RMI South. Parking permits are costly, and can be purchased at select permit booths for the day ($8) or at TAPS for monthly permits.
  • Alternative transportation options: TAPS can also help with discounts for bus and train passes, as well as carpool and vanpool benefits
  • Commuting to and from Davis:
    • Yolobus provides bus service between Davis and neighboring cities of Woodland, Sacramento and West Sacramento, including the Sacramento Airport
    • Amtrak provides train service between Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area, with a station in Davis.



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