University Square Apartments

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Location
300 J Street
between Third & Fourth Streets, and J & K Streets)
Office Hours
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
closed between 12 PM and 1 PM for lunch
Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM
Contact
ph: (530)753-3408
fax: (530)753-8452
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Features
* 1- and 2-bedroom apartments.
* Remodeled in 2004
* NO central air. Living area has a wall A/C unit. Only the smaller bedroom in the two-bedroom apartments have built-in wall A/C units.
* Each apartment is allocated exactly one parking space.
* New-ish appliances.
* Some 1-bedroom upstairs units have decks. Said decks were redone in 2004 during the remodel.
* Microwaves in each unit.
* Mirrored closet doors.
* A ceiling fan in the kitchen area.
* Two-bedroom ground level units have a small fenced backyard.
* Very friendly maintenance staff on-site.
* Shares management and ownership with I Street Apartments.
* Pool. Not heated. Keyed entry.
* Several laundry rooms available throughout complex. Current price is $1.50 for washers, $1.25 for dryers.
* Three Charcoal BBQs in the pool area.
* Sorry, no Pets.

Now Leasing for Fall 2012

Rents range from $850/Month to $890/Month for a one bedroom apartment ($890 is for a one-bedroom with a balcony) and $1025/month to $1075/month for two bedroom apartments depending on floor plan [January 2012].

University Square Apartments occupies an entire Davis city block with tenant parking running through the center of the complex.

apt_univSquare3.jpgThis is the resident parking lot dividing the complex. apt_univSquare4.jpgUniversity Square Apartments viewed from Fourth Street, between J & K Streets.

See our Housing Guide for more information on affordable housing in Davis, and our Apartments page for a thorough list of complexes within Davis.

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2005-11-23 16:46:43   There is no excercise room, and the management changes far too often. —JoshStar


2006-04-25 00:03:32   No Excercise room. Also rude management. —MariaRivera


2007-04-26 09:15:08   These apartments are really lovely and well kept and the complex is a nice, quiet place. I have a one bedroom, and the unit is very roomy, well laid out, and private. There has been zero skimping on the upkeep, and all units have fairly new tile, cabinets, and appiances. Pitfalls? The nieghbors sometimes don't get the "assigned parking space" concept, however the street parking is abundant and unrestricted. Also, The gardner starts mowing and trimming as early as 6:00 am once a week. But you can't beat the price, especially for what you get. —rbroadfoot


2007-05-21 14:10:56   After making it through an entire school year here, I must say I like the place.

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2008-02-06 09:44:51   Ive lived here for almost 3 years now and I love the cheap rent. My only complaint is the bike parking. There is almost no spots to lock your bike to the rack. Both me and my roommate have had our bikes stolen here, because we had to lock the wheel to the frame. —MattHh


2008-11-15 17:49:11   to all people thinking of getting an apartment here: you have to pay a deposit in order to get a key to laundry and pool, laundry machines are more expensive than other apartments i've seen, they charge you at least $8 on top of your rent for insurance and you have to pay your own water and sewage bill. no dishwasher or garbage disposal, thin walls and roof so that if you live downstairs you can hear people running around upstairs and even showering. but it's warmer than most apartments in winter and not too hot in summer b/c of all the trees. parking spots in parking lot are EXTREMELY narrow and only one per apartment of course, and since it's so narrow parking is difficult and most people park crappy anyways. but there's plenty of parking on the street, just make sure to take valuables out of your car, even shoes. closets are just ok...on the smaller side. very limited kitchen space for plates and such, and bathroom has almost no storage space.

so yeah, this place has fairly roomy apartments and is close to everything, both south and north davis, but the low sticker price is offset by other ways in which they tax you, like with the water and insurance charges that i mentioned above. and yeah, no exercise room. —boing3887


2009-12-04 14:22:22   I lived here for a couple years and really enjoyed it. The location and price can't be beat anywhere in Davis. Donna is an awesome manager and goes out of her way to help you out. Maintenance was always done the same day I reported any problems, and Josh the maintenance guy is always friendly. The apartments are nice, and stay warm in the winter. I have stayed at a few different places in Davis, and this was not only the cheapest, but nicest. —ryanabe


2010-01-25 23:13:17   Can anyone describe the typical noise level on a given weekday? —Mellerz


2011-05-18 10:37:02   Put down a deposit ($500) here for single under 12month lease at $835/month. Water and heat included. Looking forward to the move as a transfer student. —Juan-PauloVarela


2012-01-22 18:02:15   I've been living her since early September and although I probably will not be renewing my lease, overall I think it is a very nice complex and WOULD recommend it to people looking for a pretty nice, inexpensive place to stay.

The manager, Donna, is one of the sweetest people I've ever met and is incredibly professional in her interactions with residents. I leased an apartment from them sight-unseen (I moved here from the east coast for grad school) and, at first, my dealings with a woman named Linda left me more than a little nervous about what I had actually signed on for. She seemed very disorganized (called me several times to ask the same questions) and was very unsympathetic that my being from the east coast made it difficult to come in and sign the lease paperwork early. She also told me during one of our earliest conversations that they do not rent to undergraduates (which of course is discriminatory, but it was my first time renting an apartment so I didn't know any better) - obviously, this wasn't true either.

BUT, when I did get to Davis and arrived (2 days before move-in) so I could sign the lease paperwork, Donna made up for all of my concerns in about 30 seconds. She apologized profusely for Linda's behavior, apparently the woman no longer worked for them. She said she would've been more than happy to give me my keys early (I was staying in a hotel) if Linda had actually written down the appointment I'd made with her, but as things were the carpets needed to be cleaned and I didn't mind the extra two days that much. I got all of the paperwork signed, she explained everything VERY clearly, and on move-in day she came and did a walk through that included checking my keys to make sure all of them worked, even the mailbox/pool keys (I've since heard stories from other complexes about keys that don't work, and are a huge hassle to get fixed). We did find a bit of a surprise in the kitchen - she opened one of the drawers and a tiny cockroach was in it. Then she got even MORE apologetic and called an exterminator immediately - he came by and sprayed, and I haven't seen any hint of bugs in the kitchen since. Recently I went back east for the holidays, and on the way back my purse got stolen - I explained the situation to her, and she replaced my keys right then. Every time I go into the office she always has a smile on her face and something kind to say, and Josh the maintenance man is very on-top of problems, even taking care of other little things that he happens to come across. The rent is cheap (for Davis, anyway), there is now PLENTY of bike parking, and even though there's no gym if you're a university student the campus gym is ten minutes away. I pay 835/month for a one bedroom (next year is 850 I think), electric, heat and water are NOT included, nor is insurance. Parking spaces are a bit narrow, but you can park on the street surrounding the complex and there are almost always spaces there to be had. As for location - I dare you to find a complex this good for the price. I make a right turn out of the complex, ride 7 minutes down 3rd street, and I've hit campus.

I'm shopping around for a new place mostly because of noise - the walls are paper-thin here, and I have some party-hardy undergraduates above and beside me. I'm a graduate student, and a pretty quiet one at that, so having to listen to the constant thumping of a subwoofer and loud yakking about boyfriend drama is a massive source of stress. It is more than likely that other areas of the complex are quieter, and that I just got bad luck on that account. I also dislike having windows that look into other people's apartments (I'm a big fan of natural light and open spaces), though again that might not be so bad in areas where you don't have neighbors that smoke outside your kitchen and stare into your window. If you can snag a unit with a patio/balcony, or even if you don't mind the noise so much, I think it's possible to have a really lovely place to call home in University Square. —SMessbr


2012-01-27 19:14:28   I lived at University square for two years and loved every minute of it. At the time we were able to get a 2 bedroom 1 bath for about $1,000, which split 3 ways was really affordable. The location, room sizes, small community feel and potential backyards/patios are the best qualities of the complex. The apartments are a minute walk from the bars and rest of downtown, so the location is perfect. The room sizes were shockingly large. You can fit 2 beds and two desks, a dresser, TV and bookshelf in most of the larger rooms, depending on where the door and closet are. The smaller rooms are more than enough space for 1 person but having 2 would definitely be pushing it. I've seen it done before, though. The small community feel is amazing as well. The place is crammed together and you can always walk down a few units and have a drink with some neighbors. I did so and managed to make some lifelong friends in the process. Where else this close to downtown are you able to have a fully fenced backyard on the 1st floor? Amazing perk. The cons: The thin walls, especially the ceiling. If your upstairs neighbors are active, you will be annoyed out of your mind at times. You can hear every footstep with each creak. The limited closet space is also problematic. For some reason the larger of the two bedrooms (which is more likely to be shared) has the smaller of the two bedroom closets. Further, the smaller bedroom is also the only bedroom with a built in wall AC unit. During the summer months, it was almost impossible to cool down the larger room. —ScottLondon


2012-05-29 17:35:04   Can any former or current residents tell me how noisy it is due to the close train tracks? —JChen


2012-10-10 12:54:09   This is a nice to place to live. I just moved in August. Clean Rooms and the staff is top noch. The whole reason iam writing this review is because of what happened to me just an hour ago. I was at school and lost my keys. No bike lock key no car or house key. So i ended up walking home and i am waiting for there lunch hour to be over. Donna over hears me on the phone all stressed about not having a key. She invites me in during her lunch hour and cuts a brand new key for me right there. I was prepared to call a locksmith and pay a crazy amount to get in. But in the end i only payed ten dollars. It is nice to know that the staff will help you out as much as they can. For this reason and the price and location i would have to recommend living here. —JamesMathison


2013-12-23 21:07:00   Subtenant needed for ground floor one bedroom apartment at University Square — this is a GREAT apartment, but I am leaving UCD and need to find a subtenant beginning winter quarter. Sublease will be through September, after that, new lease is negotiable. Apartment has tile floors in kitchen and bath, lots of storage, microwave and large fridge, ceiling fan in kitchen, mini blinds and parking right outside the door. Laundry is about 20 steps away. Very clean and very quiet. Please email me if interested, and I'll reply to schedule a viewing. —ras

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