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Rent College Pads works hard to help college students at the University of California-Davis find the best off-campus housing options near UC Davis. Whether you are looking for an apartment or house for rent near Aggie Village or Oeste Manor, Rent College Pads is your number one resource for UC Davis off-campus student housing.

Finding apartments at University of California, Davis has always been a chore. At Rent College Pads we are fixing that. All of our off-campus housing options have been verified and approved by our diligent team of campus managers. We even follow up with you and the landlord to make sure you have found your perfect house. Because there are so many options to consider before making a responsible renting decision, check out our University of California, Davis University apartment hunting guide below.

When To Start Searching For Apartments & Houses Near UC-Davis

The UC-Davis dorms are great; they give you the opportunity to meet new people and get the total college experience. But, after a little while, sharing a room—regardless of how good of a roommate they are—and awkwardly speed-shuffling back to your room after a shower can get pretty old. Since you’ve probably never lived on your own before, you may not know how and when to start your search for your very first apartment or house in Davis, CA near UC-Davis. Well, we have good news. You seem to already have the “how” part down since you’re currently on the UC-Davis off-campus housing page.

The “when” part is a little bit trickier to answer. When to start your search for UC-Davis off-campus housing kind of depends on what level of excitement/anxiety you have about finding a place. Are you looking to hold off till the start of January when the competition is fiercest and the place you fell in love with could potentially be off the market before you can even call the landlord? Or would you prefer to start your search a few months early and have more options and less competition?

If you’re leaning towards the first option, we hope the odds are in your favor. And if you choose the second option, keep in mind there will always be a fair amount of competition. Not to be too dramatic, but you could say that finding an apartment or house for rent in Davis, CA near campus is almost as competitive as actually getting into UC-Davis. The best advice we can give you is to start your search in November or December before things get too crazy. 

Breakdown Of The Cost Of Davis Apartments & Houses

Unfortunately, apartments and houses for rent in Davis, CA are pretty darn expensive. There are tons of people moving to California—because, you know, it’s California— which means that the vacancy rates are going to be on the low end and the demand is going to be high. This means you can expect to pay more for rent each month. That being said, as long as you put in a little effort into your UC-Davis off-campus housing search, you’ll be able to find a relatively inexpensive apartment or house for rent in Davis, CA.

If you’re looking to save yourself some money every month you should look into teaming up with a few people and rent a place together. We know that sometimes roommates can be the actual worst, but having a few can save you hundreds of dollars every month on rent. Plus, the more people there are to split the cost of utilities and groceries, the cheaper it’ll be for you. If you absolutely refuse to have a roommate, know that living on your own is going to be pretty expensive. 

Things To Do

If quarantine has taught us anything it’s that there are only so many naps and DIY projects a person can take before they lose it completely. When we’re all finally given the green light to go out and do the things, you won’t catch anyone staying in to chill. If you’re not familiar with everything you can do on and off-campus in Davis, don’t worry. There are a ton of things you can do from going Greek, joining one of the 800 student clubs, volunteering, breaking a sweat in an intramural at the student rec center, or cheering on your fellow Mustangs at a one of the Division I sporting events.

When you need a break from school-sponsored activities, Davis has a ton of different events, shops, and restaurants to keep you busy and entertained. It seems like there’s always something to do on and off-campus at UC-Davis. 


Dining in Davis, Ca

If your hobbies include going out to eat instead of grocery shopping and meal prepping, we have good news. From pizza to poke, Davis has a little something for everyone. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll be able to find it! If you need help deciding where to go, we picked out a few places where you can grab some great grub in Davis, CA.


Delta of Venus
Cafe Bernardo

de Vere's Irish Pub
Burgers and Brew
Taqueria Guadalajara Grill

Yeti Restaurant
Mikuni | Davis

Recreation at UVU

The Activitivities and Recreation Center (ARC), located on the UC-Davis campus, is a great place for students to break a sweat and have some fun. If you’re looking for a social way to stay active, there are a ton of different recreational sports teams UC-Davis students can join throughout the year, including soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, and more! If you’re not very good at sports, there are a ton of other things you can do at the UC-Davis gym, like trying out a new fitness class or working out on your own (or with the assistance of a trainer). If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can also rent paddleboards, kayaks, and camping equipment.