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Housing 101: What to Do for Short Stays

You may need to arrange temporary housing for the first few days of your stay in Davis. Please see information about the Hyatt Place located on campus, and other hotels or bed-and-breakfast establishments in the area. 

Early Arrival

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. Below are some short term and limited stay hotel options: 

Short-Term and Temporary Housing Options

Rental housing in Davis includes apartments, duplexes, townhomes, condominiums, rooms-for-rent and houses. The arrival of UC Davis students each September nearly doubles the city's population, and makes year-long leases standard and short-term rentals harder to find. You will need to initiate your search well before your expected visit.  The information offered here will assist you in finding housing and outline the options and resources available to you both on and off campus.

  • Visiting Scholar Apartments. The campus manages three fully-furnished apartments conveniently located near Central Campus, and close to downtown.  These apartments may be rented for a maximum of three consecutive months during the academic year.  Contact the Conference and Event Services office several months ahead of your pending visit — Phone: 1-530-752-2675, Fax:  1-530-752-5791 or email
  • Sabbatical Houses for Rent: University Farm Circle lists sabbatical houses for rent. This might be a good option for visiting scholars.
  • Facebook Group: Join the Sublease and Short Term Housing group on Facebook where the community posts short-term housing options.