Living The Davis Lifestyle
May 15, 2018
So, you've heard about us and our environmentally friendly complex. You've seen what our place looks like, and what we have to offer, but what is life actually like here? What does a resident do in a day? For the weekend? On their downtime? What is the Davis Lifestyle really like at our West Village Apartments? Those are great questions, and they all have great answers that are sure to satisfy. You'll find more than enough to make your time here enjoyable, and wholesome.
One of the largest parts of any community is it's social aspect. Where can you get together your friends to hangout, or enjoy a little time away from hitting the books? Some of the best conversations take place over a cup of coffee, and it's the perfect break during a busy day. Residents can enjoy a variety of java favorites at our Coffee House, exquisite organic and fair trade options at Mishkas Café, study in the farmer owned Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, grab a delicious coffee or tea at Peet's, or enjoy seasonal delights at Starbucks. There are more than options to meet your caffeine needs!
Bars and Clubs
When it comes time for something a little stronger, there are plenty of locations ready to whip you up a cocktail, or serve an ice cold beer. The highly recommended (Yelp, Bizjournals, Reddit, Trip Advisor) Pre-Flite Lounge has been around since 1972, and still knows how to draw in a crowd. Many enjoy a Jameson Ginger and Lime before their flight during the day, but the nightlife is sure to give any resident a good time. Another fantastic hotspot is the Davis Graduate. If you are in any way a fan of craft beer, this place just might become your home away from home with it's enormous selection. Featuring both Salsa and Country nights, the dancefloor here is packed with those letting loose and having a good time. Dance lessons are offered, and the menu has everything you could ask for from a bar kitchen. We recommend The Aggie pizza.
Fun Days, Fun Nights
Looking to catch a movie? Check out the Regal Cinemas Davis Stadium 5 Movie Theater. Is the art of the theatre more your thing? Davis Musical Theatre Company is sure to impress. Maybe you'd prefer a round or two at 18 holes? Stop in at the Wildhorse Golf Club for some tee time. There's something here for everyone!
Food That Hits the Spot
What's a campus without great grocery stores and restaurants nearby? Everybody has to eat, and there are a plethora of locations teeming with diverse options sure to satisfy any appetite.
Around the World
In the mood for some cultural cuisine? Try out some Indian dishes at Namaste Nepal, enjoy Pacific delights at Ohana Hawaiian BBQ, indulge in some Italian specialties at Osteria Fasulo, curb that noodle craving at the Japanese style Ramen Hook, or devour some delicious dishes at Sam's Mediterranean Cuisine. Alliteration aside, try the falafel at Sam's.
Looking for something a little more American? Try out any of the fantastic sandwiches at The Hub Kitchen. You could enjoy the enormous buffet at the Cuatro Dining Commons, or see why vegetarians are raving about Burgers and Brews.
Filling the Fridge
There are a variety of grocers available to residents that offer everything a student could want from organic choices to pizza rolls. Buy in bulk at Davis Food Co Op, stroll the aisles at Safeway, keep it simple at Trader Joe's, eat healthy with Whole Foods, or enjoy the UC Davis Farmer's Market.
Our campus offers residents plenty of ways to stay active and in shape. For the cyclist, there are several bike shops including the Davis Bike Exchange, the B&L Bike Shop, and the Freewheeler Bicycle Center. Swimmers can enjoy the rec pool, climbers will love the Rocknasium, and the ARC and Pavilion rec center is sure to keep you fit. Those looking for a rigorous workout should check out Physical Edge Inc., and Crossfit Davis, while those simply looking to maintain an active lifestyle can head over to the Davis Swim and Fitness. Combining these workout facilities with the area's organic grocery options is the perfect way to stay healthy while you're here.
Take A Trip
When the weekend rolls around, or classes are on break, there's nothing better than getting away for a while and doing something worthwhile. For those looking to travel, the Amtrak Station is conveniently located 2.8 miles from our campus and can take you all across the country, including to some of these fantastic locations.
For the ultimate white water rafting experience, you have to try American River Recreation. California has some the most beautiful scenery, and exciting rivers you could ask for. With half, whole, and multi day trips, you and a few friends can have the times of your lives.
For the Outdoorsy
Vista Camping is the perfect oasis for the nature lover. Barbeques, themed weekends, fishing contests, and acres of wonderful California wilderness, there's no better place to relax and refresh while on break. Another top spot on the list for campers is certainly the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park. Catch a glimpse of the past and enjoy this luscious, untouched outdoor haven.
On Foot, or On Horse
Sonoma Country Regional Parks has multiple trails and parks for the adventurous (or the not so adventurous) hiker. Spring Lake Water Park and Bodega Bay offer visitors more fun than they can handle, while others may enjoy horseback riding, boating, or fishing. It's definitely something you'll want to check off the list while you're here.
Like wine? Well Davis residents happen to a short trip away from the famous Nappa Valley. With over 400 wineries located all over the area, there is more than enough to make this a week long trip. Events take place throughout the year, incredible fine dining and handcrafted cheeses will keep you full, art venues are abundant, as are music, film, and (of course) wine! Whether you go here for a getaway, or for a wine tasting tour, we know you're going to love it as much as we do.
West Village Apartments
What is the Davis Lifestyle really like? It's fun, healthy, active, delicious, and diverse. There's no shortage of things to do, no matter where your interests lie. Campus life isn't all about hitting the books. It should be just as enriching as your education here at UC Davis.