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davis.ca
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The people are very friendly, downtown is a nice place to spend time and see people that you know, the shops are nice and the weather is temperate. The schools are good, everyone is educated. It is overall a very nice place.Former Resident

davis.ca
4
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Davis, in my experience is a safe city. I am a student at UC Davis and currently live in the city. There are a lot of places to go out and eat in Downtown and is safer than the city I am from.Niche User

davis.ca
3
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This is a small gym but the routes are very nice and there is one auto belay - the staff are nice and helped me out for my first time climbing at this gym

davis.ca
4
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Try to find a coupon online, I found one that let me check out gear for free if I paid for a day pass! This gym is very nice, on the edge of Davis along highway 80, kind of tucked away by itself. Because of that, the crowds never got really big, the biggest group I saw was maybe 6 people together for a class. There is plenty of wall space for you and your friends to climb along, and all the paths are marked very clearly. I was stuck on a path for awhile with my girlfriend, and one of the staff was friendly enough to come over and offer us some advice. Of course, his advice included some maneuver that I was incapable of, but thanks! Nice try!

davis.ca
4
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Great local rock gym! The Staff is very helpful and friendly. Everyone that climbs here is willing to give a quick spot on the bouldering wall or jump on your belay. Definitely a community vibe here, and you will start to recognize the people who climb regularly. Come on Tuesdays for the potluck!

davis.ca
5
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Super friendly staff and the belay class was short and easy. We had 2 free day passes, so the total price including belay class was a great price. This rockclimbing gym is smaller than another one I've been to, but it has way more beginner routes which was perfect for my partner and I. We went on the weekend and although there were a good amount of people and a kids birthday party, there was lots of room to climb and wasn't noisy at all. Looks like the kids there had a blast too and they really enjoyed the automatic belay. They have a secluded tabling area and climbing paths for the kids birthday party so they weren't getting in the way or being noisy. There is also a small gym and workout area. I'll definitely come again!

davis.ca
4
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After climbing here for almost a year now, the place is consistent with my previous review. However, I dropped a star because of the kids. I do not mind that Rocknasium offers birthday parties and etc but they need to work on their supervision. I have witnessed many times where kids were under people who are bouldering, where they can get trampled on or crushed. Also, when kids randomly climb the wall while someone is in the middle of their route. I'm not blaming the kids because they do not know any better but the staff needs to be able to watch and supervise. Rocknasium needs improvement on staff and designated duties.

davis.ca
4
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My boyfriend purchased a Living Social deal for us a long time ago but never got around to using it. He saw that the expiration date is Dec 31st and was like, oh man we better use it now! The voucher consisted of a belay lesson, rental shoes and day pass. Great offer! (I saw that yelp offers a similar deal for $15) We came on a Friday afternoon and it wasn't that busy. There were only a few other climbers there but they were on different parts of the gym so it didn't effect our experience much. I can see this place getting really crowded and how that can pose as a 'problem'. Climbing is harder than it looks. Rita was the one that gave us our belay lesson and she was very thorough. I was able to belay my boyfriend as he was climbing and vice versa. I climbed the wall about 4-5 times and I was tired afterwards. A great workout! We are actually really digging this and regretted not using the vouchers earlier. He was talking about signing up for membership but we shall see ;)

davis.ca
5
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I love this gym. You walk in and you're greeted by genuinely pleasant staff. I feel like they treat their customers more like young climbing padawans rather than no0b money pits. I never got the salesman vibe from anyone there. Even though there are people of all abilities climbing around throughout the gym, they are very kid-friendly and offer group parties, classes, private lessons, workshops, summer camps for kids, special discounts for members, first timer start up packages...the list goes on. There are other gyms that may be larger with other amenities, but this gym has the chill, climbing community-oriented atmosphere that's totally inclusive and inviting, and you can feel yourself just being emersed into the spirit of climbing culture.

davis.ca
3
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Went here for my first rock climbing experience ever! Coming from the Bay Area where we have places like Planet Granite, this place is very small in comparison. However, I felt it was a great place for my friend and I's first time. We got the $15 all day pass deal on Yelp which includes gear and a belay lesson. $15 for the whole day is totally worth! I personally don't know if I would really come back without some kind of discount deal tbh. They also have camps for kids where a bunch of 3 ft tall munchkins show you up on the wall. Brady(?) was the guide that helped us and she taught us how to belay each other and how to do it safely. At first it was pretty nerve wracking being so high up and trusting your partner to not drop your 100+lb body to the floor. But after a few runs up and down the wall, I was definitely more at ease. Brady also checked up on us as well throughout the day to make sure all was well. There's a good amount of wall space for you to explore on. I will say I feel their bouldering height limit on the wall seems a bit short, but then their floors didn't seem super cushioned to safely catch you if you went up any higher. I will say my friend had a problem with the height of the walls. He's over 6ft, so he literally got up the wall in about 5 strokes. A great first time experience, and Brady made us feel super comfortable and not super noob.

davis.ca
3
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I've been to Rocknasium a few times and I find their prices reasonable and their climbing routes extensive and challenging. I think I usually pay $12 for a day pass + $7 for gear rental, which isn't too bad! I think it's just a little too disorganized though, sometimes you have to wait awhile to get help and when you are assisted the employees can be a little rude. And the amount of chalk on the walls just seems to have accumulated for a LONG while, I was coughing up a storm after an hour of climbing. I think it's a good option if you're in Davis, I came here a couple times during school, but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here since there are other options in Sacramento.

davis.ca
4
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I've been here 3 times now, and am a beginner at climbing. The prices are very reasonable. The staff here is always friendly and so willing to help. It took me awhile to figure out the right shoe size for me because I was between sizes. The employee was patient and even gave me different brands to try to see if the fit was better. I paid the $10 for a belay class and it wasn't busy so I actually got a 1-on-1 lesson. The only downside is that UCD Climbing Club comes there mon/wed/thurs at 8pm so if you are there during that time, it's almost impossible finding a place to climb without waiting 15+ mins for a space. Other than that, it's a great place to climb!

davis.ca
5
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I went to Rocknasium on a Saturday afternoon for the very first time and it was amaaaaazing! Pros: -Incredibly friendly, informative, and helpful staff! I never got the name of the guy who helped me and my pal out, but he was super patient with us and made sure we understood how everything worked. -Wonderfully squishy floor that was really fun to walk on. I felt pretty darn safe jumping off the walls. -Fun, non-crowded routes! As a wee beginner, I found the beginning bouldering problems kinda difficult, but they were really enjoyable- it was basically a puzzle you have to solve with your body. -Sweet spot to people watch: it was really motivating to watch other patrons do all sorts of neat tricks while resting up Cons: Literally none that I can think of. It smelled vaguely of feet upon walking in, but it's not a big deal at all. My only regret is that I never came here as an undergrad and missed out! 10/10, would climb again.

davis.ca
5
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It was our very first time at a rock climbing gym and man was it a great experience here at Rocknasium! We were very pleased with the help we received from the staff. Very clean and safe gym, the staff is always walking around watching and answering any questions anyone had. Major props to the guy that helped us from the beginning! (I'm sorry I forgot your name!!)

davis.ca
5
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Great place for my kids to spend the day! Helpful, courteous staff. reasonable price and easy access.

davis.ca
5
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I absolutely love this place!!! Was feeling a little scared to try out rock climbing but I was finally persuaded to do it and I'm so glad I did! Staff members are really welcoming. There are plenty of walls but I do think this gym is on the smaller end for rock climbing gyms. Depending on level their routes are challenging and really work you physically and mentally. You will definitely have routes to boulder! There are a few auto belays which are extremely fun and convenient if you don't go with a partner! I recommend going with a group and getting trained to belay other climbers! It makes it more fun and engaging to practice team work! Highly recommend!

davis.ca
4
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Returned again with a Livingsocial deal, $14 for an intro to rock-climbing package (a $32 value which included an adult day pass, rental harness, shoes, belay device, and the safety lesson), this time with the bf. Nice that Yelp also has the similar offer for $15. Came in midday on a Thursday so it was pretty quiet and not busy at all. Waiver was easy to fill out on the iPads, clean bathrooms, lockers for member and cubbies to stash your personals as well by the weights and system wall. Props to staff member Chris who gave us the belay lesson (auto/self belay and with partners). Remember, P-BUS! This time I even tried more than just toprope -- actual bouldering and even really made it to the top (was it really 20 feet high?) of three different routes, ranging from class 5-6. Attempted a 7, but didn't make it all the way up, even rainbowing. Much improved once I put faith in the rope and got the idea out of my head that I had to climb back all the way down. Also had to remember to use my legs more than my arms. I also learned that I am not the best belay partner for the bf -- even with a 50-lb sandbag attached to my harness, I still got lifted off the ground when lowering him back down to the ground, haha. Maybe I needed a second 50-lb sandbag! Overall it was a very fun several hours that afternoon with only about 5 or 6 other climbers using the gym. I definitely was sore for a few days afterward but would love to try climbing again soon!

davis.ca
5
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There are horrible dates where you just feel like you're "talking to a brick wall". And then there's Rocknasium. This wall keeps you wanting more--a second, third, fourth date. It's got a bunch of nice routes for bouldering too. For a day pass, it can be pretty expensive, especially with shoe rentals. This place is definitely much more worth it to become a member, especially if you're gonna come even just once a week. What's great about this place is that if you become a member here, you get hella nice perks: extra member-only hours, potluck dinners and free lessons, like aerial yoga. It is a bit hidden though. You have to drive past Dutch Bros. in South Davis and to the very end of the street where there's a parking lot for the building. 5 for walls that make you fall for 'em.

davis.ca
5
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I give this place 5 stars because they were basically one of the original climbing places, and they have been providing a good (even if small by todays standards) experience for decades. I first climbed here in about 1992, and really enjoyed it. They inspired me to take it outdoors, and do more than rock scrambling. I still enjoy a trip back here now and then. Great vibe.

davis.ca
5
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My bf took me here after work on Monday around 5pm. The place was pretty busy and it got harder to climb with more people. It was my first time at a rock climbing facility so I don't really have any to compare it. But this place seems well-kept and the employees are friendly. Since my bf is a member, I was able to get in with his guest pass which waived the day pass fee of $14. We did end up paying $6 for my rental shoes (they are smaller than your street shoes in size number). There's a Yelp deal for $15 that includes a training and entrance fee (good idea if you want to try it out and isn't going with someone that knows how to rock climb). There are 3 automatic belays. One wall dedicated for bouldering. And different levels of difficulties for belay. Overall, I would come again with his guest pass. My arms were sore the following day. :p I think it's a cute date place too. Definitely family friendly since that was what I saw most the time there.

davis.ca
4
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Very unprofessional. Terrible communication, won't answer your messages for days and when they do, they answer with an attitude. Avoid.

davis.ca
4
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I lived here for three years vin Davis and had a great experience! The best thing about the Viking is its location. I was able to walk or bike to campus and to downtown Davis. There was always ample parking available and the manager is quick to respond to any requests. Thanks!

davis.ca
4
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Very clean & cute. Cozy & the manager is wonderful. I've toured this entire complex and it is beautiful. I like how peaceful it is as well. It also is walking distance to different shops.

davis.ca
5
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Ranked #44th in the nation by US News. Winter can be brutal since it rains a lot but during spring, the campus is beautiful! Everyone is out as about enjoying the amazing weather.

davis.ca
5
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I have fond memories of UC Davis and I graduated from UC Santa Barbara. I love the vast campus, large rolling green lawns, the variety in architectural designs, and agricultural bent. It reminds me of Cornell, actually. Davis is a beautiful school in proximity to a great college town with many good food options - Burgers and Brew, anyone? UCD is very student friendly with many rental options as well on and around campus. Extensive bike paths and a reliable yolo bus system save students from needing cars. Speaking from experience at UCSB, which is also a bike school, I would definitely get some kind of road bike or fixie. I never seriously considered going to Davis because of its supposed cow smell everywhere (it's not true) and out-of-the-wayness, but I am certain I would have loved going to Davis - perhaps more than my own alma mater. I will be back for Picnic Day.

davis.ca
5
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After attending Discover UC Davis when my CCC and I visited the campus, I felt compelled to work my butt off just to get into that school by itself and of course apply for the School of Education to get my teaching credential one day. I can't over that UC Davis is a beautiful student friendly environment. The culture and agricultural scenery is stunning, and I can not forget about the beautiful stage inside the Robert Mondavi Theater. I admire the bike culture and the numerous eggheads scattered amongst the campus. Despite UC Davis being a research institution, I wouldn't mind transferring here especially if I get an opportunity to research more ideas about 21st Century Education. Anyways, I had no intentions of applying to UC Davis because I felt that I wouldn't be good enough for the school; however, after attending the Discover UC Davis event, it made me realize that I'm setting my expectations too low, and I should take chances to apply here. I mean... Why not?! This campus is already love at first sight! Now I really got to work my butt off if I yearn to go here in the future. Other than that, I definitely recommend this school if you're looking into agricultural majors related to food science or veterinary practices. I can't speak for the university as a whole, but I can tell you, great first impressions made an impact on which campuses I want to apply for when it's time to transfer!

davis.ca
5
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Coming from a CSU, You already know that I am jealous of the size and the endless adventures that UCs seem to provide. I want to start off with the chill vibe i get from the campus.... Everyone seems to be doing their own thang and it is a peaceful relaxing environment. The campus is huge, which can be good (adventure and many buildings, lots of options) as well as being bad( long commutes between classes, getting lost). Prior to my first arrival of the campus, i always thought it would be dead campus which smells like cows 24/7 but i was wrong. Nice green fields, modern buildings, college campus life is existent and most important of all..... the recreation and student activity resources that are available. For example, at CSU.... the gym is small and ALWAYS crowded but at Davis, the gym seems to be ridiculously spacious and there are so many resources like huge basketball courts, indoor track field, dance studios... all these in multiples. Came here for picnic day almost every year.... and damn... the student on campus organizations are so well structured. UCD well played, will be visiting quite often.

davis.ca
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Great school, academically. The prices are outrageous. They have lots of land, and could easily build student housing, but they have only a tiny bit, forcing students the pay huge costs renting from private renters. It wouldn't be very popular in a town who's economy is somewhat based on renting student housing, but there's never enough. The statistics are that students that live in University housing do better than those that don't. It's too bad, they need to build student housing. The student's live's would be easier, their grades would improve, they wouldn't have to spend so much time commuting to class, and the University would probably still have room to make a profitable for them while saving student's money. And, get this. While they don't have housing they also have very limited parking. It's great that Davis is bicycle friendly, but what about a music student for example that needs to transport an instrument? Even the people working their have to pay for parking, and it's expensive and a pain in the neck to get.

davis.ca
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I'm not a student here nor have I ever been, but I come to David often to visit a friend who teaches at the university. This campus is amazing! I love just how much is dedicated to bikes and allowing students to completely get around without having a car. There are many paths and specific roads and trails for bikes all around campus. Really a treat to visit and enjoy a cycle around town. The university is what they call a "public ivy" so you know it's a good school that is very selective to get into. Wish I could have gone back in the day!

davis.ca
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UCD is wonderful on the whole. Tupper Hall floor numbers in the elevator, however, not so much. Sorry, but I've sent the lift down to the basement numerous times because the ground floor is floor #2. So coming from floor 3, I select #1 as where I parked my bike. Oops. /end rant

davis.ca
5
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When I first came here, I thought you were Berkeley's misfit younger brother--overshadowed and constantly trying to prove himself to the other UCs. But over time, in the cheesiest of ways, you've become my home. I'm a Bruin at heart so my natural home is UCLA, but Davis comes pretty close (honestly if you stuck an Aggie in front of Royce Hall they'd probably say the same thing about their school). I'm from the Sacramento campus so I come here to study on and off during the weekends. Since I'm going to be in LA for a while after this, I just wanted to take time to write about some of the things I love here. Here's my list: -Veering off the path and walking across the Quad on a sunny day while wearing flip flops and having the grass tickle your toes -Double decker buses and red telephone booths -Chilling out in the Memorial Union coffee shop with a live soundtrack, compliments of a random undergrad hammering away at chords on the old upright piano tucked in the corner...it makes for nice study music -Wind chimes -Looking both ways before crossing the street to avoid being hit by bicycles, not cars -Taking Saturday morning detours from campus and exploring the farmer's market -Hammocking (haven't tried this yet but it looks fun) -All the food options in college town -Davis' love for nature. You want trees? We've got trees. Trees trees trees and more trees. More trees than you can handle. You can even major in agriculture and grow trees for a living if you want. -All those weird statues around campus If I could describe the culture of Davis in one word, it would be "chill". You guys are so chill, with your board shorts and flip flops and riding your bikes to class and studying under trees and being one with nature and all. I kinda wish I went to undergrad here too : ) Thanks Davis, it's been real.

davis.ca
5
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Best UC? UC DAVIS OF COURSE~~ Why We AGGIE ROCK!!! (1) Largest UC Campus (that's right we beat out Berkeley, LA, AND San Diego)-- FACT (2) We have live cows/farms and a winery association aka Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) for Wine and Food Science...Ever heard of Mondavi wine? That's riiight! (3) City college town centered around UC Davis. Everything is super student friendly and safe. There are more bikes than cars in town. I can walk around at midnight and feel safe...unlike Berzerkley and urban LA *snickers* (4) Best bus transport system, by students, for students. Our student government ASUCD is responsible for the UC Davis buses, and these suckers run on time, every time, every 15 minutes all around Davis. It's godly. (5) ARC and the Rec Pool - Gym + Starbucks + indoor track + rock climbing + basketball courts + weightlifting room + two pool areas (Hickey pool and Rec)...Need I say more? (6) Friendliest students hands down. We are smart AND chill...Think Berkeley + Santa Cruz had a kid and it's Davis. That's how cool we are. (7) Awesome foodie downtown - Boba, Thai, Japanese/AYCE sushi, burgers, Mediterranean, Chinese, America, etc. You will never go hungry and get fat. Factor in delicious restaurants in Sactown and Vacaville, you are definitely going to gain weight. Must Try: Fuji's, Old Teahouse, Open Rice Kitchen, Burgers & Brew, Black Bear Diner, Hometown Chinese (8) Kickass Events - We got PICNIC DAY, where it's basically a booze-fueled, fun festival with a parade, dog race, Yan Can Cook demonstration, chemistry magic show, and more! Also: largest Pre-Health Conference by AMSA, Finals Undie Run where kids run around campus in their underwear ;), Whole Earth Festival, The Buzz Welcome Week, etc. I was a pre-med student at UC Davis and graduated with a BS in Neurobiology (NPB) and BA in Psychology. Best college experience in my life! There were good and bad times, but I grew as a person. The active students and organizations molded me into who I am today. Shoutout to VN CARES, Kappa Gamma Delta, Pre-Med AMSA, Student Housing Resident Advisor, Fencing Club, The Voice, Adventures in Science. Thanks to all my professors who've guided me and good friends throughout the years! Cheers to being an Aggie for life! HUZZAH!!~~

davis.ca
4
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Great university. I volunteer here for different events and spent time on campus and near by. The university has excellent science programs and some of the friendliest students.

davis.ca
5
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My 100th review! What better place to review than my now alma mater. I recently graduated after spending 4 1/3rd years as an undergrad. UC Davis has always been in the shadow of its bigger and more prestigious schools, UCLA and Berkeley, but really, the UC system is chalk full of top-notch schools. More recently, the university has been moving up in terms of ranking, matching and even surpassing UCSD in some reviews. It always has been a consistent top public school in the country as well. The campus is HUGE! Unlike other universities where everything is built upwards, Davis is flat and everything is spread out. There's a reason why most students decide to bike or long board. Getting from one end of campus to the other could take up to 30 minutes! The campus is beautiful as well. Davis prides itself on being green, so there are trees and flowers everywhere. The campus is extremely well kept. Professors here are great too! Most professors are engaging and insightful in their lectures. Keep in mind that your experience with professors may vary depending on class and major. Tip for current undergrads: go to office hours! There's always something to do here. The university offers thousands of student jobs and internships. If that's not the thing for you, there are also hundreds of fraternities and clubs for basically every interest possible. If you can't find the club you're looking for, $5 and 5 people is all you need to start your own! There are hundreds of events hosted by UCD all throughout the year from Pajamarino to the famous Picnic Day. People from all over come to these epic events. If you are a prospective student, UC Davis could be your school. The place really grows on you. I made this decision 4 years ago and it was the best decision that I have made! GO AGS! Note: a lot of people think it smells like cow all the time. It does sometimes and only in certain areas of campus. It's honestly not a problem whatsoever.

davis.ca
5
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The campus is spacious and seems to be well taken care of. Neighborhood surrounding the campuses clean and easy to access. I was able to get around fine. The town Of Davis is comfortable and not an over crowded west coast nightmare of traffic and crowds. All together I'd enjoy going to school there.

davis.ca
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What can I say? I may not have had the time of my life everyone told me I was going to have, but I am grateful for the lessons learned from attending UC Davis. People say Davis is a super close-knit, and friendly town, but I had my fair share of run-ins with not-so-friendly people (students and locals). And don't get it twisted, people in college can also be cliquish, but don't be afraid to step outside your boundaries and join various clubs. Try your best to get involved in every way you can, and you will find life-long friends (or at least college-long friends). As for the academics, it's going to be pretty tough. I stressed a lot, but at the end, things went smoothly. Always ask help from professors and TA's, as they are always willing to help. Two most important words for a college student: OFFICE HOURS! If you're feeling stressed, take advantage of the glorious ARC and release those endorphins! As for the campus, it's abundant with overgrown trees (RIP people with allergies), which gives it a certain charm. Many buildings are old and unpleasant to look at, but there's a lot of construction and remodeling happening. The ARC, Mondavi, and science buildings are probably the nicest looking buildings on campus. And unless you're a speed walker, you'll definitely need a bike to get from class to class because the campus is very spread out. In terms of nightlife, Davis tries its best to provide a vibrant nightscene. Some restaurants are converted to night clubs after a certain hour on Fridays and Saturdays. Variety in restaurants is lacking a bit, but if you explore downtown, you'll be pleasantly surprised with some good quality food. There's not much else I can say, except always jump on the opportunities given to you because there will be many. Eat, drink, study, exercise, mingle, party, and above all, be happy you're attending one of the best public universities in the country.

davis.ca
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Any uni that has a rifle range and a winery association, has to be cool, right?!? Came to check it out before my offspring makes the final decision on what college to attend. I have to say that I liked the surrounding area and downtown shopping district way better than I liked what I saw of the campus itself (it's rather farm-y and unimpressive...sorry), but it's not entirely my decision to make. I want him to be happy and, I've received nothing but rave reviews from alumni and current students so clearly they are doing something really well! Go Aggies.

davis.ca
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The smell of cows is not a myth at all. The amount of bikers most certainly exceeds the number of pedestrians. I enjoy the college town environment and (overall) great education that UC Davis offers. Like most UC's, you've got to make an effort to make friends. Particularly in quarter systems when the 10 weeks fly by quickly. It's easy to forget to ask your neighbor in your Statistics class what their last name is or what their favorite flavored ice cream is or whether Shield's Library is their favorite place to study or the conversations that extend pass the "What year are you? What's your major?" The thing I really like about this place is how safe it is compared to where I went to undergrad. Sometimes I'd take a walk out at night, and it feels great. I never got to do that living back home or during my undergrad years because both areas were "questionable" to say the least. I really do appreciate the safe environment and relatively affordable housing. Davis has stepped up on its Food Game also compared to the last decade.... better ramen places, ice cream parlors, boba shops, and poke bowl restaurants. Looks like I applied to grad school at the right time :)

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All right, 4 years comes to an end for me in 4 days, and it's time to write this thing. My sentiment at the end is somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. I'm going to try to approach this without too much of a subjective component; how much you love ANY college is going to depend almost entirely on what you make of the time there. I'm the first to admit I didn't take full advantage of every single opportunity available to me here, and didn't entirely have the best four years of my life -- I would maintain that both my worst year and best year occurred here, and Davis was a welcoming place to engage in the struggle of growth that nearly all people will experience around 20 years old. The bottom line to me is that what you pay for here, more than anything, is an experience and the ability to write a recognized university on your resume. Beyond that, things get questionable. UC Davis and the town of Davis are good/great because... - Great people, very educated town; never feels dangerous and even the younger crowd (high schoolers are usually away from the university campus anyway) are generally high-performing and focused. - Davis as a whole is pretty middle/upper middle class thus eliminating or at least greatly minimizing the type of violent crime and property crime common in impoverished areas as well as the type of institutionalized corruption and designer drug culture common in areas populated with the economic elite. - True college town atmosphere; Davis is a weird utopia of 18-26 year-olds and that makes for a really unique experience. It's not like anywhere else I've been where there are tons of kids and teenagers and old people alike -- probably close to 9 in every 10 people you see downtown are 18-26. - Great place to meet smart, educated, driven people -- not a bad arrangement for dating if it's something you want to consider. Davis is full of beautiful-looking human beings who are smart and/or interesting and/or fun. Of course, there are shitty human beings no matter where you go, but for being pretty densely packed with stressed and still-developing 20-somethings, there is a very small population of low-quality people. - Cute downtown. - Bike culture is cool. - Green culture is cool. - Events like Picnic Day and Whole Earth are pretty awesome. - Solid farmer's market. - Nice community events like bike races, marathons, etc. UC Davis and the town of Davis are bad/terrible because... - It's expensive. - Education is theoretical, not practical. - Research university; double edged sword because there are research opportunities for students which is great but all the money and accolade comes from the research performed by professors. As a result most professors are not teachers or lecturers in practice and at heart; they aren't passionate about teaching and in some cases are downright terrible. The ones that ARE great very often are lecturers ONLY and not researchers -- and those ones are almost all pink-slipped (Salitsky and Liets come to mind). - Popular and interesting courses (Exercise Biology department) are often sacrificed due to "limited funding" but during my time here I've seen the MU bus stop overhauled, the entire MU itself begin a total reconstruction, new structures (parking maybe?) being built, and obscure areas of study opening up (Art Science???). - The very few practical hands-on labs actually offered on campus (NPB 101L) are becoming impacted and at risk of complete truncation or termination because they're costly and only serve a small number of people -- not as efficient as 500+ person lectures where each person is faceless and nameless even IF the professor is wonderful. - Admission rates are increasing. I've worked in the apartment advertising industry in the Davis area for a year now and can tell you the effect this has: if we admit 300 more freshmen and 300 more transfers each year, this generates a demand for approximately 300 rooms (if 2-person living arrangements are assumed common) in the town's housing market. As a result, apartment prices are aggressively on the rise -- to my knowledge almost EVERY SINGLE COMPLEX in Davis increased rates by about $40-100/month on average. And despite this fact, nearly all complexes leased out completely BEFORE MARCH this year. Future students will be forced to start looking earlier and live with more people in one apartment in order to get by. - Parking downtown is terrible. On a handful of occasions I have gone downtown DURING THE WEEK to get lunch and was unable to find parking after 15+ minutes of roaming around so I'd just go to work on an empty stomach. Oh and don't think you can get away with parking somewhere you're not supposed to. You can't. Tickets in Davis range from $45 on-campus (f*ck TAPS) to 70-90 for parking violations downtown. It's really hard to spend 4 years in Davis and never receive a ticket for something. And there's my 5000 character limit. Cheers.

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They have a ton of land, more than my college by a factor of ten, so it's crazy to me how many nice buildings they have. Everything feels really new and its great that they have so much parking. There was a lot to see but I was just there to visit an office with a friend so I wasn't able to see a lot but driving through I was really impressed, especially with their bus service, which I saw a lot around town despite the fact that it was still summer. Can't comment on the academics, I hope it works out for as many people as possible though!

davis.ca
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Attended a college tour with my family. We had been told it was surrounded by farmland so we were expecting a bit of a dud. We were surprised to learn it is not only adjacent to a great college town, Davis, but it's a beautiful campus. It is a great mixture of 1950s architecture(?-Jetsons) with beautiful gardens and a stream that cuts through campus. Biking is the favored mode of transportation and the school has promoted/catered to it with diy bike repair stations throughout campus. The academics are considered some of the best in the country, and the environment it has created compliment its reputation.

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I absolutely love UC Davis. I can't speak for the non-science majors but as a science major I find this place to be great. The school provides a lot of resources for students and I have never had any trouble finding an internship or a job. The teachers here are all very nice and professional. I'm in my third year right now and I didn't love every teacher and TA I've had and I don't think they were all amazing but admittedly, every year they get better. I feel like this is mainly cause the better professors are in my upper divs. The campus itself is beautiful and very spread out. I didn't know how to ride a bike til I got to Davis but it isn't completely necessary either. Some of my favorite moments in college have been in the early morning after my first class. I've finally woken up and I'm riding on my bike and there's not too many people around yet. It's just starting to warm up but there's still a slight breeze and I just cruise to my next class while thinking to myself, "I'm so glad I chose Davis." Now the few negatives: 1) It can get boring at times. It isn't nearly as boring as people have told me but there are times when I wished there was more stuff to do. But then again really there isn't all that much anywhere else either. I do suggest having a car to get out now and then but its not completely necessary. The quarter system goes by quickly and with studying time there isn't all that much extra time anyway. But Davis does have animals, a beautiful arboretum, a shooting range, a great ARC, skydiving, etc. There's definitely stuff to do but you have to look for it a bit which means making friends, joining clubs, etc. Also don't be afraid to go visit friends at Berkeley now and then for a change of atmosphere. 2) The food. The DCs at Davis are better (overall) than the DCs at every other UC except UCLA in my opinion but as a city Davis (and Sacramento) just don't have anything extremely noteworthy. The food isn't bad just not great. Whenever I visit UCB my friends rave about places I need to try and the places are all memorable. In Davis there's quite a few good places but very few GREAT ones. The places I do always take visitors to include: sushi buffets (especially Raku & Azukar, sometimes Fuji's), Tea List, and some of the French places in Sacramento. With the exception of the sushi buffets, Davis has little to no good Asian food. Then again I came from an area with amazing Asian food so I may just be picky. 3) The weather. It's not all that bad compared to the east coast or something but within California, Davis whether is on the lower end of the scale. During winter your windshields will get really frosty and in summer your handlebars on your bike may melt just a bit. The two extremes can suck but its still California weather so its not all that bad. 4) The allergies. This is my biggest issue with Davis. My allergies have never been so bad. I can tell when spring comes because I start to lose my ability to breathe. I am completely miserable during the spring even if I take a ton of different meds. Its to a point where I can barely function. I finally decided to get my allergy test and of course I'm allergic to almost every type of tree in Davis. Hopefully with allergy shots I will be less miserable this year. Overall I love Davis. I'm sad I'm not closer to home but Davis is a beautiful school with friendly people. The atmosphere is laid back and I just love it.

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