All students and J-1 scholars coming to the US to study on an I-20 or DS-2019 can enter the United States up to 30 days before their start date for their program listed on these documents. We strongly recommend that students use this early arrival option to not only have enough time to overcome jet lag, but finalize their housing arrangements.
Davis has a number of temporary housing resources, including hotels, to accomodate students and scholars who are looking for housing or just here for a short-term assignment.
Davis Short-Term/Temporary Housing Options:
UC Davis Housing
For students, the best place to start is the Student Housing office (530-752-2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org). First-year undergraduates have priority for the on-campus residence halls. Student families with children have first priority in family apartments. Space is limited and assigned in the order that applications are received. For more information, review the Guide to On-Campus Housing (PDF | Webpage).
For scholars, there are three apartments near campus available for rent. These apartments may be rented for a maximum of three consecutive months during the academic year. To receive more information about availability and cost, please contact the Conference and Event Services office several months ahead of your pending visit -- Phone: (530) 752-2675, Fax: (530) 752-5791 or email email@example.com.
Off-Campus Housing Resources
SISS has a Weekly E-mail Bulletin that includes information about available housing in the Davis area. SISS does not endorse the below web sites, but many International Students and Scholars have found them useful for finding off-campus housing. Please also review the Legal Resources guide, which includes information about Tenant Rights/Responsibilities and Legal Agreements.
- Davis Wiki: Guide to Rental Housing
- Student Housing Office: Information guides and events about finding off-campus housing in Davis, which include Housing Options After Living in the Residence Halls and Second Year Housing Options. Also check their Facebook page for updates about ASCUD Housing Day (an annual event to help students find housing for the following school year) and their YouTube Channel for information sessions about how to find off-campus housing.
- Newspaper Ads: Check the classified advertising section of the community newspaper (The Davis Enterprise), campus newspaper (The California Aggie), or newspapers from surrounding communities (Sacramento Bee and Woodland Daily Democrat).
- Craigslist: Davis Rental Ads (Listings on Map)
- ASUCD Community Housing Listing (Telephone: 530-752-1990; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- University Farm Circle: Sabbatical houses for rent
- Cal Aggie Christian Association CA House
- Local clubs/organizations for international students and scholars: Club International's Yahoo Group or ask at International House
- Ask Around: Walking around Davis neighborhoods, you may find a "For Rent" sign up, usually with a phone number to call. Also, let your friends and contacts in your department know you are looking; sometimes they may know of a vacancy.
- Sacramento Area Resources: Craigslist, Housing Maps and the Sacramento Bee