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apt_univSquare2.jpgApartment complexes of varying ages and sizes are scattered through every part of town. Also see Rental Housing Guide and Roommates Wanted.

Apartments are things in which most non-freshman students live (except engineering students, who live in Kemper Hall). Some apartments can be found just a block away from campus, but those closest to campus are usually older. While we try to list as many apartment complexes as we've seen around town, many of the smaller and older complexes only advertise through a property management firm, or by word of mouth. Rent in Davis can be as low as $250 or so if you share a room; take a look at our Rental Housing Guide for tips on housing within Davis and things to consider for first-time renters. Davis provides affordable housing to low income individuals through the Section 8 Voucher program, and some low income rental communities are offered through CHOC - participating apartment complexes are identified. Apartment complexes that are known to offer month-month leases are marked "also offers month-month", but most leases in Davis are annual agreements; some complexes offer 6 month leases and a few may offer an 11 month lease with an optional 12th month. Before the end of your lease, you will be asked to sign a lease renewal. Again, please take a look at our Rental Housing Guide for a more rounded picture of the rental housing situation in Davis.

When comparing rents, be sure to ask what utilities and city services are included. Many Davis apartments charge a separate fee for water usage, garbage service, or sewer service on top of the rent. It is called the NWP bill (National Water and Power bill). This bill is not issued based on how much water you use. Instead, you pay for a percentage of what the complex as a whole uses. A place that offers free Internet and cable may not be quite the deal it seems when you have to pay for your water too. It's also worth considering what kinds of neighbors you would like to have. Some complexes (especially those closest to campus) have reputations as "sophomore dorms" or have a mix of students while others have higher populations of non-students. Other things to consider: Is there a noisy leaf-blower which will disturb you? Is it near a street (so you will be woken by morning garbage and recycling trucks)? Is it on the ground floor (so you will have no privacy -people looking in your windows as they pass by)?

Some complexes have pretty nice managers and maintenance staff, but some owners can be a bit shady — if you end up living at these places you may need to know your tenant rights. On moving day apartment dumpsters are ransacked and the town turns to chaos. One of the best things you can do is make friends with the maintenance crew. Usually just acknowledging their existence when you see them is sufficient for this purpose. Once they get to know you, they will often be much better about making timely repairs.

Many apartments in Davis take advantage of students' inexperience in identifying quality housing, low incomes, high demand, and a lack of good alternatives within the Davis housing market. Examples of this (as noted throughout this wiki) include poor maintenance response time, poorly maintained apartments, low construction quality, low quality furnishings, leases that begin and end on exactly the same day throughout Davis, failure to return security deposits in the time required by law, and generally poor treatment of residents. (Note that there is substantial variation in these issues among different apartments.) If you are looking for housing, or if you are currently renting at a complex, be sure that your apartment meets suitable housing standards.

It is a very good idea to consider renters insurance, which will protect your possessions. If your apartment is broken into and all your expensive items are taken, or if a neighbor sets their kitchen on fire and your electronics die of smoke inhalation, you are otherwise simply out of luck.

In addition to the reviews you can find within each apartment listing here on the wiki, check [WWW]ApartmentList Davis listings,[WWW]AutNo.com - rentals near public transit, [WWW]apartmentratings.com for reviews or check [WWW]for California Apartment Rentals near UC Davis. A map of apartment listings, rooms, and sublets that have been listed on [WWW]Craigslist can be found on [WWW]housingmaps.com (Type in Davis as a filter to see only the Davis listings.) On individual apartment complex pages, please post your opinion of complexes you've lived in as well as your experiences with any property management companies. For a listing of dog-friendly apartment complexes, see the Dogs page.

If you are looking for an apartment, every winter quarter ASUCD hosts its annual Housing Day in Freeborn Hall. It is great opportunity to shop around for off campus housing in one centralized and convenient location. Housing Day 2010 was on 2010-01-21 from 10AM to 3PM and was held in the ARC Pavilion.

Campus

Downtown

(Downtown is considered to include 8th Street on the north, L Street on the east, and be bordered by train tracks on the south & UC Davis on the west)

apt_unknown2.jpgDavis has many complexes not found in most listings, so it's still a good idea to hit the streets.

Central Davis

(Central Davis is considered to be bordered by West Covell Boulevard on the north, train tracks on the east, UC Davis on the south & Highway 113 on the west)

apt_unknown1.jpgGraduate students may appreciate the personality and location of smaller complexes.

North Davis

(North Davis is considered to be bordered by Pole Line Road on the east, Covell Boulevard on the south & Sycamore Lane on the west)
Almondwood pool.jpgDavis gets hot in the summer. Most complexes have a swimming pool among their amenities.

East Davis

(East Davis is considered to be bordered by East Covell Boulevard on the north, Sacramento on the east, train tracks on the south & train tracks on the west)

GreystoneApartments1.jpgThere are some apartment complexes with their own private shuttles to and from campus.

South Davis

(South Davis is considered to be bordered by train tracks on the north, Sacramento on the east & UC Davis on the west)

BrisaVillas.jpgSouth Davis has apartment communities consisting of duplexes or triplexes, offering a bit more privacy than the average apartments.

West Davis

(West Davis is considered to be bordered by Woodland on the north, Highway 113 on the east, UC Davis on the south & Winters on the west)
Westwood_Townhouses_Pool.jpgSome complexes are just a short bike ride away from UC Davis campus LakeshoreApartments1.jpgSome communities even have a lake as their backyards where you can sail, canoe and even go fishing.

Map of Apartments in Davis

A (not yet entirely) comprehensive map of apartments in Davis, including addresses and phone numbers, can be found at [WWW]Davis Apartment Map and the Davis apartments for Davis Wiki.xml behind it. You can also download a Davis Apartments.kml file with all of the apartment mapping data if you want to update it for your own use. This can be viewed in Google Earth or Google maps. If you want a labeled version of the map that you can print to take with you as you apartment hunt, you can download it in PowerPoint format from Davis Apartment Maps.ppt, or in PDF format from Labeled Davis maps for Davis Wiki.pdf.

Maps in Progress

RyanMikulovsky, as time permits, is combining data from various sources including the City of Davis [WWW]GIS Library and [WWW]OpenStreetMaps.org to create a useful set of maps. As they are not finished, they may be modified at any time for data corrections, cartographic reasons, and for other general fixes. All sources licensed their data through Creative Commons and thus these products are too.

rpm_north_davis_apartment_map.jpgMap of most North Davis Apartments, Vers. 2. Eastern boundary is set as F Street due to mapping constraints. A second map is to come showing the rest of North Davis beyond F Street to Pole Line. By RyanMikulovsky.

Spreadsheet of Apartments in Davis

Want to find a comparison of (most) of the apartments in Davis in one file? An Excel spreadsheet can be found at Davis Apartment Comparison.xls. An XML version of the spreadsheet can be found at Davis apartments for Davis Wiki.xml. Note that the spreadsheet data was last updated in May, 2007, and price listings are not current (although they should provide a good approximation of the relative prices of apartments). Please feel free to update the spreadsheet and to make it available in different formats. (The XML spreadsheet can be imported by Excel.)

Pet Friendly Apartments in Davis

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