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I'm going to live in Davis. I don't want to deal with the commute or parking.

There are multiple transit options; a car would be my last choice to get in and out of Davis through I80. Specifically there is a (free) shuttle that goes from Davis straight to UCD Med Center. Also express buses operated by Yolobus that run fairly regularly.

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Hey! I plan to stay in Davis too. I'll have a car but I'd rather not have the regular commute. Tired of that after driving 30 min to work everyday! I plan to move sept 1st.

I'm thinking early September would be a good time to move out there. I have a 30 hour, probably 3 day, drive ahead of me.

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Most leases in Davis start September 1st, especially for apartments, but you should start looking for places now if you're positive you're going to UCD.

I'm finishing up my undergrad at UCD now, if you need any advice.

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@caus, I'm in the same positiion and trying to rent from out of state. Have you seen http://daviswiki.org/? It can be helpful in narrowing down apartments. Also, there's lots of people looking for roommates on uloop.com, if you already have a ucd e-mail account setup. It can be tough figuring this stuff out from afar.

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I'm also headed to Davis in the fall - I spent a couple days out there last month. Lots of housing in West Davis--almost exclusively complex style appartments. Overpriced for everything... it's a college town in the middle of rural nowhere... 1200 min for a decent 1000sqft appartment. Price gougers expect student loans to cover the costs apparently...

I'm going to do the more difficult work of looking in the towns that surround Davis. Might be a longer bike ride in, but I figure I'll be a) healthier B) have more $$ left over from my stipend at the end of the month.

complications are larger furniture pieces and dog... meh... will make it work!

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I'm also headed to Davis in the fall - I spent a couple days out there last month. Lots of housing in West Davis--almost exclusively complex style appartments. Overpriced for everything... it's a college town in the middle of rural nowhere... 1200 min for a decent 1000sqft appartment. Price gougers expect student loans to cover the costs apparently...

LMAO. Davis is 20 minutes from Sacramento. It is where a more well off set will choose to live (including university, college faculty). That and the fact that it contains UC Davis is why you are paying through the nose.

I'm looking at renting a room in a house, which is significantly cheaper than a 1 br apartment. It's better for my dog too if it has a fenced in yard.

Try and look for a house near Light Rail or UCD Med Center in Sacramento. There is a free shuttle for UC Davis students that is a straight shot to campus. Other alternative is to take Yolo Bus which operates an express bus that will take you into Davis (and from there you can just take campus shuttle). This assumes you do not want to live in Davis.

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I really wouldn't recommend relying on the Yolobus. In my experience, they're seldom on time and not the most well-maintained buses in the world(plus, full of the types of crazies you'd expect to encounter in a much larger city). The traffic from West Sac to Davis in the mornings is pretty awful, and the people I know who commute(by car) say it generally takes about 40 minutes to go the 12 or so miles, plus extra time finding parking in the overpriced and overfilled parking lots.

The apartment complexes are usually full of undergrads and can get pretty loud on thurs/fri evenings -- daviswiki is good for letting you figure out which complexes are good for avoiding that type of situation though. I lived in apartments for my first two years in Davis -- one was awful (University Square -- poor maintainance, noisy neighbors) and the other was SUPER but you have to get on a waiting list (Davis Townhouse -- super quiet, lowest price in town for a 1br but still pretty steep). I live in a house in East Davis now (moving to north carolina if anyone wants to take my spot!) and I think it's the best option if you don't mind sharing with people. Basically anywhere in Davis is close enough to bike to campus, and if you're not a biker the Unitrans buses are super.

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I went to UC Davis for undergrad and always admired the Russell Park apts designated for grad students. I have friends who lived there and heard all about how cheap and convenient it was. Maybe those still looking for housing can take a look to see if there are any apartments still open.

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Successfully found a room to rent!

I'll be arriving on September 7th most likely. What to get done before classes? I know there are things like orientations and welcome week. TA orientation too. Getting a bike! I guess I still need a parking pass though, I know I will at least have to drive to transport art stuff.

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I'm also headed to Davis in the fall - I spent a couple days out there last month. Lots of housing in West Davis--almost exclusively complex style appartments. Overpriced for everything... it's a college town in the middle of rural nowhere... 1200 min for a decent 1000sqft appartment. Price gougers expect student loans to cover the costs apparently...

I'm going to do the more difficult work of looking in the towns that surround Davis. Might be a longer bike ride in, but I figure I'll be a) healthier B) have more $$ left over from my stipend at the end of the month.

complications are larger furniture pieces and dog... meh... will make it work!

 

I figured that too, living West Davis. When it rains, it really sucks. And if you have night classes, it can be pretty brutal. 

 

There is cheaper housing north of Russell between Anderson and F/G Streets. I have friends that have found 1-bd places for under 800.

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