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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing really depends on the location that a student has chosen to live. If a student is living in the downtown area, then they are near a lot of restaurants and stores. If a student is living in the opposite direction of downtown, then there are no shops or stores around and they have to ride their bike or take a bus to an area with such. However, I noticed that the cost of the apartments for rent are quite high, in my opinion, especially if the off-campus housing is on campus or really close by to the campus. The location of the housing also seems to be a problem due to the majority of locations requiring a bike ride of at least five to ten minutes before reaching campus. Also, the safety does not seem to be a number one priority due to some housing areas just having cameras and some do not even have that.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Even though I have not eaten off campus, what I see tells me that downtown Davis has a lot of restaurants available for students and they are quite diverse as well. I have noticed though that there is a lot of Thai and Asian restaurants around in relation to other types of restaurants. The convenience of the restaurants I would say is adequate due to it being a ten minute bike ride to get to downtown from my dorm. However, other aspects like student discounts and costs I have no idea about due to my constant eating at the dining common near me due to its convenience and cost (only a meal swipe; no cash).

4 College Freshman

Administration: The only school policies that I am highly aware of is the honor code, which seems to be taken very seriously here. If there is a possibility of plagiarism, then the professor or TA will send out an email to the person and possibly ask to meet with the student. This can be seen as a warning to the student and translates to that if I suspect that you plagiarized again then I'm going to write you up. Besides that policy, the campus is pretty good with allowing demonstrations and other such things. However, they are a bit too lenient with their noise policy in the dorms, but I think it just depends on the RAs on the floor and dorms.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The majority of my financial aid came from the VA due to my father being a retired veteran, and it mainly took care of the tuition cost. The other financial aid that I received was from the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation, which requires me every quarter to submit my grades and schedule for the next quarter. I also have to fill out the form every single year in order to receive any financial aid from them, and I have to maintain a GPA above a 2.0 in order to receive it as well. I believe I also received some financial aid from the university, but I do not have a lot of knowledge about it.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I have not attended a party so far in the year, and I probably will not attend one either. I have a strong dislike for parties because I feel that I can socialize with my friends in other fun ways that don't end up with my ears having a constant ringing noise in them or the possibility of something bad happening due to other people drinking. Also, I do not belong to a sorority or fraternity, so the possibility of me being invited to a party is slim to none.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: As mentioned in the last review, the Cuarto Dining Common is considered to have the best food out of the three dining commons available on campus. This is most likely due to the substantially smaller amount of students that my dining commons have to feed. The dining commons tend to try to give a wide variety of food and unique as well. They also try to provide a vegan and gluten free options as well. The best advice that I can give is to use a meal swipe to its full advantage, which means that a person should stay for as long as possible in the dining common in order to feel that they used their swipe adequately by eating as much food as they want. However, besides the dining commons, the COHO and Silo have a variety of food that will satisfy anyone. Also, even though I have not eaten at them, the food trucks seem to be a favorite as well on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus offers a lot of places for students to study and hang out while providing a coffee house atmosphere at the same time. The dorm that I am currently living in, in my opinion, would be considered the best due to the dorm being set up as a suite, which allows students to share a bathroom and shower with three or four other people instead of sharing with a whole floor like the other housing dorms. Also, the dining commons that is near my dorm is considered to have the best food due to the number of students in my area are substantially less than the other housing areas.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm about to move out of the dorms and most housing around here is nice. Affordable and well-kept.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: For a town in the middle of a farming community, Davis has a fair amount of options. Mediterranean, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, etc... It's enough to keep you going and satisfied, basically.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I never had trouble with the administration. However, like most bureaucracy, it can be stringent and complex. Just follow the directions and guide lines: you'll be fine.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a grant to go to Davis that covered all of my tuition and was relatively easy to renew. My parents have no trouble helping me through.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I honestly do not party that much. At Davis, you have the option of having fun outside of the typical "party scene". Everyone is not expected to hang out at the frat houses. That being said, if you want to party there is always something going on during the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not the best at all times, but on-campus food is better than most campuses. I've heard horror stories from friends of mine at other colleges that make me glad I have Davis food.

The farmer's market is always an option and downtown has worthwhile spots.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Honestly, the housing here at Davis is so good that we Aggies tend to underestimate how good we have it. The dorms are all relatively new, and even the oldest buildings are nice to live in. The dining commons can get repetitive, but the food is nutritious and you can tell the cooks work hard to provide you with a good meal.

There is plenty of off-campus housing at affordable prices; the most expensive place you'll find is West Village for around $800 per month. Each complex is well managed and I rarely hear serious complaints from most people. Moreover, most student housing is centered around the campus and downtown. It's easy to go to and from most destinations on a bike because of the ample amount of bike trails. Davis social atmosphere is not noisy and urban, but a nice, secluded feel where you can focus on getting to know your schoolmates.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's pretty convenient to live in Segundo. I'm relatively close to classes (except some crazy far ones like Medical Sciences...). I guess most people don't want to live in the Regan buildings because they're quite old, and most people want to live in Tercero because of the newness. Amenities are alright, there aren't that many. Social atmosphere is OK as well, there isn't much going on to help bond hallmates. I don't know most people on my floor. Cost is super expensive for what we get. Housing process was easy.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of ways to find off campus apartments and housing near school

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many off campus places to eat near the campus

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus police are very helpful and kind.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid was a hassle too many papers.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The competition is stiff so prices are high. You have to start looking months and months ahead of time.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go out to eat often, most of what I see is driving through downtown. I would like to see a few more family sit down places

College Sophomore

Administration: I don't have much experience with the administration. It would be nice if the cops went around student housing to enforce noise violations more often.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Always have something going on every weekend

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't go out and party, I'm too focused on school work

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food in coho is good but too expensive.

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Davis may not have the most thriving social scene or reside in a busy and bustling city, but this college town provides a unique experience that the students love. With the bi-weekly farmers' markets, plethora of bikes, and variety of ethnic restaurants downtown, it is impossible not to fall in love with the small-town atmosphere. The laid-back vibe and the friendly community make students take pride in their school. The Davis students have a great relationship with the community, and events like Picnic Day and Whole Earth Festival celebrate the unity and diversity of Davis. Davis can be described as a "hidden gem." Its location is a little isolated, and it has the rep for being a cow town, but the atmosphere and friendliness of the people make the school a welcoming and fun place. And if the laid-back, small-town vibe is not satisfying enough, San Francisco, Tahoe, Napa, and Sacramento are only a short car ride away. The school provides the best of all worlds.

Studying at Davis will no doubt provide a unique college experience. It has a larger population of bikes than people, and the view from the dorm rooms consists of cows and stretching cornfields. The course load can be overbearing at times, but the benefits of graduating with a diploma from Davis are worth the extra hours spent in the library. Davis is perfect for a student looking for diversity and change, and almost all of the students that graduate from here are more than pleased with everything that Davis and the town have to offer.

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