All students 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 take advantage of this early arrival option so that they have enough time to recover from jetlag, become familiar with the campus and community, and finalize their housing before completing the mandatory Immigration Check-In and SISS Orientation.
For More Information About Entering 30 Days Prior to the Start of Your Program:
- Can I enter the United States more than 30 days in advance?
- Advance Entry Time for New Students
- How early before my program can I enter the U.S.?
General Information on Housing
Students who are unfamiliar with the types of renting options and terminology will find our webpage on Housing--General Information helpful.
When You First Arrive
Many students stay in a hotel or find temporary housing while searching for permanent housing or waiting for a move-in date.
Davis Short-Term/Temporary Housing Options:
Contact the Student Housing office (530) 752-2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about on-campus housing. First-year undergraduates have priority for the on-campus residence halls and 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 About On-Campus Housing:
- Office of Student Housing (Webpage | PDF)
- Office of Student Housing Publications and Forms
- On Campus Housing Options & Eligibility
- UC Davis Tri-Coops: An on-campus student housing association providing affordable, cooperative housing. Tri-Coops offers quarter-to-quarter living, as well as a very unique experience for people to get involved in a community.
Off-campus Student Housing
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 Facebookpage 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: email@example.com)
- 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 aphone 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: For a comprehensive list of websites offering rental information for Sacramento and surrounding areas, please click here.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UCDhousing/ for off-campus rentals in general.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/519626841396155/ for sublease and short-term housing.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/536715989682604/ international-orientated posts.