|801 J Street|
|(East Davis, near the intersection of 8th Street & J Street,|
|next to the train tracks)|
|Furnished units, Dishwashers, microwaves available in some units|
|24 hour laundry (2)|
|BBQ area/Picnic Areas|
|Small Pets allowed (up to 50lbs)|
|3 Pools, 24/hr study Lounge/business center w/FREE WiFi/printer|
|Less than 1 Mile away from UC Davis|
|24/Hr Emergency Maintenance|
|Bus/Public Transit (E & L Bus Lines)|
College Square Apartments are those big concrete two story buildings on J Street and 8th Street, up against the railroad tracks. They offer one- and two-bedroom apartments, some with patios. The full complex is one of the largest in Davis, boasting 240 units; the J Street Apartments adjoin it on the north while 8th Street forms its south edge. Ever faithful Unitrans serves it via both the E bus line and L bus line.
There are three swimming pools, a fitness center, and a 24 hour study lounge with free wireless internet. Between the business center and study lounge, wifi covers the entire A Section pool area, meaning that, should you want to, you COULD browse the internet from bottom of the pool, though management takes no responsibility for water-damaged electronics. The business center is open during office hours and allows unlimited free printing, faxing and copying to residents. College Square is a 10 to 15 minute bike ride to campus, and a short walk to downtown.
The Cost Rundown
As of 2013-01-25,
1-bed / 1-bath unit (600 square feet): $920-1045/month + $350 deposit
As of 2013-01-25,
2-bed / 1-bath unit (800 square feet): $1100-$1255/month + $400 deposit.
The complex was formerly known as Ivy Towne Apartments and changed both name and management during the summer of 2005. It's been renovated since.
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2011-05-10 14:12:34 College Square Apartments provides enough noise pollution for an entire neighborhood. The management allows the leaf blowers to run nearly all day every day. These are gas powered and can be heard at least three blocks away nearly all the time. Yes, the trains are sometimes loud, but the leaf blowers are worse since they are run so excessively and every day. I'm pretty sure the lawn guys running them are goofing off or trying to clock extra hours. I request that management buy some electric leaf blowers or some _rakes_. —bartbart
2011-06-07 16:47:22 This apt complex is ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE PLACES TO LIVE IN DAVIS!!I lived here in 2009-2010. The apartments look good initially, but the walls are paper-thin. The apartments are right next to the train tracks too. In addition to this noise, workers get started at 8am noisily blowing through the pavement. Don't expect to get much of a deposit back-i left the apt as clean as I found it and was charged for painting and other misc. stuff. I complained twice of bedbugs but no one came to inspect. Bike parts are commonly stolen and a couple of places were broken into while I was living there. There are lots of noises/arguments that break up in the middle of the night and hence cops (and a private security company)started patrolling the area. I would not recommend this place to anyone. It's definitely worth to pay some extra bucks and get some peace of mind! —DipaliPatel
2011-07-08 10:55:17 I love living at College Square! I have lived at several different apartments and this is by far the best experience. Obviously some of you people have an axe to grind. The management staff is always friendly and willing to help. They always answer my questions knowledgably and help to make this an enjoyable living experience. The maintenance staff is quick to fix any issue. For instance, my sink was leaking and they were at my apartment within 10 minutes and had it fixed in 20. As far as the leaf blowers, I think the grounds look great. If you have a problem with it maybe you should grab a rake and work off some of your college tuition. —rbanks
2011-07-26 13:56:20 Don't ever live here. It's absolutely impossible to get any quiet time. At 7 in the morning the train comes by. After the garbage truck rolls by. Then the maintenance comes by with a leaf blower at 10. Another train passes at 7 pm. and finally the walls are so thin you can here any slight noise coming from neighbors. An Asian lady at threaten to kill me and my dog and called me a damn chink because apparently she thinks my dog pooped on the staircase. In actuality it was a black and white cat who just roams free at any given time of the day. This lady must not know this is a pet friendly apt complex. Parking in the complex was good at the beginning of the year but was horrible 2 months going in. If you go to the library and come home after 12 don't expect to find parking. Management van care less about their tenants. They just want to make money. The complex has crappy carpet, sticky doors, windows cant lock and is not in good shape at all. The only good thing about this place is that the buses is close. But it's totally not worth it. Don't Live Here!!! They only care about getting their money. Rent must be paid on the third of each month, not the fifth. Late fees are 100 dollars. Rent cost about 500 per month plus one month free. 11 month lease. Don't do it! —Sylviawong
2011-08-16 15:55:47 Hmmmm, I have a sneaking suspicion that someone is creating usernames and just spamming negativity... there is a grumpy neighbor across the street that looks suspicious.... In any case I live here and it has been a great experience. Maintenance comes by quickly, the management has always been very pleasant and understanding (they even HELP you find a person to get out of your lease if you need to, most places just say, "It's in your contract so your hosed". The only negative thing I can say is that the yard work noise is a little much every week, but if you're already living next to train tracks I think a leaf blower is the least of your problems.
In short, it's been great. Great location, friendly people, the management is very pleasant and attentive (unusually so actually) and the apartments are nice and clean. I would absolutely repeat my decision to live here in a heartbeat. —JamesThomas9883
"2011-08-17 12:47" This is a great place to live, and we've renewed our lease for a second year. The management and maintenance staff are very helpful, friendly, and prompt with work order requests. I have lived in apartments where important things were never taken care of, so it's been refreshing to live somewhere where the managers are more than willing to fix things. They even replace light bulbs and smoke detector batteries, and clear up plugged drains at no charge! Also, the location is ideal, with the Food Co-op, Nugget, and SPCA Thrift Store close by, and the public library, university and downtown a short bike-ride away.
My ONLY complaint is, as others have noted, the leaf-blowers and other yard maintenance equipment are used to excess, and you have to endure some noise pollution almost every morning. I think they could reduce the number of days they do yardwork a little and give residents more peace and quiet. However, I'd give College Square 4.5 out of 5. It's overall a very good deal, and one of the more affordable places you'll find in Davis. —JulieOesper
"2011-09-07 20:33" College Square is an AMAZING place to live. The office staff is incredibly friendly and they've always gone out of their way to help me and just keep me happy overall. The staff is just great. Every time I walk into the office I'm greeted by smiling faces and a great attitude. They will bend over backwards for their tenants and it really just shows the kind of people they are, always going beyond what is expected. They made moving such a breeze and made sure that the apartment was completely clean, freshly painted and ready to go before move-in. The cleaning crew are miracle workers and are the nicest people. The office staff and maintenance crew were easily available and willing to continue to help throughout the move in period when I'm sure they must have had tons of tenants to deal with. The complex is huge after all with much more apartments here than in most other complexes in Davis. Also, the office staff always provides exciting promos or other goodies that keep things feeling alive and just happy around the complex.
The leaf blowers seem to be a big deal but what do you expect? Would you rather have leaves all over the place? Davis is full of Sycamore trees that drop leaves year round and this complex is several buildings long so it's actually great that the staff makes sure the complex is well maintained. And as for the train, I think it brings a Harry Potter-like charm to the complex and it's really not as loud or as loud as people like to exaggerate it to be. I think a lot of people exaggerate the noise. It's quiet 95% of the time. And the other 5% that it would be mildly noisy is at completely acceptable times. I've also made my fair share of trips to the study lounge or the parking lot late at night and I've never seen anyone who didn't live at the complex. Almost everyone I seen around here lives here and is a student so I've never had a problem with safety. The way the complex is well lit at night and the fact that only tenants have keys to the study lounge/pool makes it a safe place.
So my experience with College Square has been fantastic and every year it just keeps getting better. The apartments are pretty nice, exactly what could be expected in a really nice hotel. The office staff and maintenance crew are just the most amazing, friendly people who are committed to serving their tenants with the best. I love the complex, with its beautiful study lounge and several pools. It is in one of the best locations in Davis, close to the Nugget, UC Davis, and downtown. I plan on spending all four years here and I just love it! I think I'm really lucky to have found such a nice place with even nicer people to manage it!
2011-09-29 11:07:22 This APT was the WORST and crappiest management I have ever seen. maintenance people are nice and cool to talk to but those people in office are such a *****! They really need to change them, they would talk to you as if you are stupid and does not know anything about apt. They charge every on your deposit when you leave and will give you the most $10 or $5 even you clean your butt off. The apt I lived in was so loud from lawn and leaf blowers every single freaking day and when train stops it seems like an earth quake. The bathroom was very nasty because every time upstairs or next door apt's sink backsup and my bathtub would shoot out their food waste and it was so disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! often I also hear people getting things stolen near my house such thing as bike and cars get broken into. I also experienced my car have been broken into one time, although they guy did not get much. One of my friend that lived near have gotten all his clothes stolen in their over priced laundry mat, where I just took mine too coin laundry. I would recommend anyone and everyone not to live here and now I realized why they offer free first month rent or cheapest around I guess but even the price this garbage is not worth living unless you live like one. —krnDON
2011-09-29 11:10:07 I'm sure who have put positive comments are not from people that lived in College Square APT.FAKES! —krnDON
2012-1-15 09:45 This is my first comment left on daviswiki after years of living here and using it. College Square is one of the worst apartments I have ever lived in. The management and maintenance are fine, but that's not the problem. The problem is that I pay close to $1000 for an apartment in which every window is broken and falls off of the tracks, the bathroom sink broke, the kitchen sink broke, the kitchen counter is chipping and peeling, some cabinets and drawers don't open, the heater broke (twice), the AC is GARBAGE (even when left on all day, which is crazy expensive), the bathroom tile is peeling, only about half of the outlets work, the parking is abysmal (sometimes have to park down the street), and when I moved in (about after a day) the cleaning product smell dissipated and then I could sense the dingy, dank funk that permeates every corner of this complex. The laundry costs $3.50 a load, which adds up fast. The pools are gross. The Gym is a closet. And the train...that motherf*****g train wakes me up at 6:30 EVERY MORNING. Its not just the sound of the train passing, its the actual train horn that the GD conductor feels the need to blast right as he passes by the complex. And its not just once, he blasts it several times. Have you ever heard a train horn? FML. Fortunately, the management is good about helping you find someone to take over your lease, which I'm sure is because they constantly have people reach this very same breaking point. Oh, and this is all after only 5 months. —CaseyHeinzen
2012-01-25 16:16:21 Great place to live for the price. We live in a 2B2Bath. All rooms are spacious and maintained at a good standard. We had a few concerns after moving in, such as a missing door stop and broken shower head, and management and maintenance got it all fixed right away. Management is very friendly and easy to approach. They always have little snacks for the tenants in the office as well and have special things in there for the holidays (a gift-wrapping station for xmas).
Our apartment is actually one of the closest to the train tracks and it was something I saw as a risk to move in here due to potential trains going by and being loud throughout the day and night. It hasn't been bad at all. The tracks there are not used by trains very often, and when they do go by the noise does not reach the apartment very loudly. I'm pretty sure anyone moving in here is aware that the tracks run right along the side of the complex, so I don't see why they would complain if they know what they are getting themselves into.
The whole area is kept nice and clean pretty much all the time. The only downside to this is that it calls for leaf blowers and lawn mowers that can be pretty loud for quite a while since they have to cover such large areas. This bothers about once a week for a morning. But if you're up early it shouldn't be a problem. If there's issues with the complex community, management posts notices on the doors to address problems, which is nice of them.
They're pet friendly which is pretty cool.
There's two bus lines, E and L, right by the office, if you need easy access to transportation. About a 10-15 minute ride to UCD campus.
Grocery Outlet and Dollar Tree are about a 10 minute walk away for the cheap college student.
Amtrak station is a 10-15 minute walk away.
The residents around our area are not disruptive, pretty peaceful environment.
Kinda wish the heater worked.
OHH, the laundry rooms are way overpriced, probably biggest letdown. It's at least $3.00 to wash and dry ONE load. And you have to pay $5.00 to get a card to pay for the machines that you can reload.
Overall, very satisfied with my experience here so far. $1100 for two big rooms (one very big) is very manageable among 3 roommates. We are renewing our lease for the next year. —BrianPando
2012-04-23 18:20:09 I just renewed my lease here so here's what I think..
-2 Bus Lines... Silo/MU
-VERY close to campus/downtown, on bike is very quick
-One of the cheapest places in Davis
-Amazing management, really nice people who give free food
-Close by nugget/a school with a track and basketball court so I don't have to go to the ARC
-Walls are paper thin. I can't hear what the apartment next to mine is doing but I can hear someone cough or talk in the other room.
-The train gets annoying once every once in a while. I live right by the tracks and it's never that bad.
Overall I would recommend college square to anyone with a dog, or anyone who wants to save money and not skimp on quality too much. Their newer apartments are reaally nice as well. —RSG
2012-07-20 22:42:22 do you have any studios or 1 bedroom available
2012-08-18 16:12:52 Worst place to live. First, leaf blowers wake you up every day at 7AM. Train stops by everyday and you will feel like earthquake when it comes. Also don't even expect to get your deposit back, other than that, you even need to pay extra money when u move out. My roommate and I cleaned everything when we moved out, there is no trash at all leaved in the apartment but they charged us like $900 for carpet replace+painting labor. I mean there is some dirty one the carpet, but with a cleaning that will be fine, why u need to replace it? And, what's wrong with the wall? there is no whole on the wall, no nothing on the wall!!! Highly not recommend live in this place. —eddiebrave
2013-01-25 18:27:48 Do not live here! The people who run this place are the slimiest, most seething scum from the top of raw sewage. I lived here for a year, in which during that year my mother passed away of pancreatic cancer. Upon leaving the apartment, they not only took my deposit but also decided they could charge me for 1900 dollars worth of "damages". These included totally replacing the carpet and painting the walls. and they even charged me for the cleaning of the carpet that I left there with! Not to mention one of the walls was painted a different color than the rest when I initially moved in (cheap). When I refused to pay for these "damages" they tried to sue my deceased mother and take part of her estate left behind since she co-signed for me. I would have to say that they acted in the most devilish and reprehensible manner. They completely disregarded any ethical and moral stature that they may have possessed and tried to suck every last drop of money out of me that they could. When I finally spoke to a lawyer, he was able to cut the amount to about half as much as I owed them through navigating his way through all the BS they charged me for and found out what they did actually spend on cleaning up the apartment, which I believe was not necessary at all. They sent the bill to collections even after I told them I would pay the amount agreed following my arrival from Great Britain. If you want to potentially get sued, and not be able to do anything because you signed your rights away when you signed for the apartment, live here. I would like nothing more than to go back, and tell that blonde haired manager how much pain and suffering she caused my father and I.
oh and p.s. I remember they tried to bill me an extra 100 dollars for rent one month for being "late". The first of the month was Friday, and I gathered all the money for rent on the weekend and turned it in on Monday morning around 9am before going to class. They said it was "late" because it wasn't in the drop box when they opened Monday morning. The most money grubbing group of people I have ever seen. I now live in a house about two blocks away and every time I pass this place on my way to school I think of all the trouble they caused my family. At one point my father was considering counter-suing this place because of all the shifty behavior they partook in. I will say it again, live anywhere else! ANYWHERE! —ThomasMarteen
2013-05-25 18:38:10 Good rule of thumb, if someone mentions how helpful the staff is in their comment then they are a member of the staff. I've lived here for a year now and its not awful, but the people who run it are pretty sinister. The lease is several pounds worth of fine print and they will use it against you with extreme prejudice. I reccomend finding somewhere more hospitable unless you're really into the pet-friendy thing. —yepitsme
2013-06-06 15:48:01 To: Management
College Square Apartments
Just want to say that Jose Velasco represents your company in a very professional manner. I think if he were to wear a banner at work it would read, “College Square tenants come first.”
I am a senior citizen from out-of-town visiting at the complex for the second time this year and I have seen him work each time. Whatever the problem, he has always diagnosed the cause and corrects it in a timely and satisfactory manner.
Jose is committed to doing an excellent job and making sure that the tenant is satisfied.
V. Stewart —DavisRiley