Points of Interest
UC Davis Bookstore
The UC Davis Bookstore sells textbooks and other college supplies, general interest and reference books, UC Davis clothing and merchandise, and gifts. Within the main bookstore in the Memorial Union Building, there is a computer shop and a Clinique counter. The bookstore sells gift certificates, offers online shopping and can ship purchases. Also operated by the UC Davis Bookstore are stores in the South Silo and the Health Sciences Complex. The Sacramento bookstore near the UC Davis Medical Center is the largest medical bookstore in Northern California and sells items with UC Davis, medical center and School of Medicine insignia. Hours vary.
The Egghead Series
The Egghead Series by Robert Arneson is among the most recognizable art at UC Davis and a favorite for visitors’ photographs. The five Eggheads are located as follows:
Bookhead, Shields Library plaza; Yin & Yang, Fine Arts Complex; See No Evil/Hear No Evil, east lawn of King Hall (temporarily in storage due to construction at King Hall); Eye on Mrak (Fatal Laff), Mrak Hall mall; and Stargazer, between North Hall and Young Hall.
Popular with strollers, joggers and cyclists, the 100-acre Arboretum stretches along the banks of the Putah Creek to form a three-mile loop on the south side of campus. It is an outdoor classroom, research laboratory and public garden. The Arboretum has more than 4,000 kinds of plants and trees, with a specialization in plants adapted to the Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Trained docents lead free public tours weekends during the academic year. An annual plant fair draws hundreds of visitors.
California Raptor Center
Off Old Davis Road, south of Interstate 80
The California Raptor Center rehabilitates injured and orphaned raptors. It receives over 250 injured or ill raptors each year and is able to release more than 60 percent of these birds. The Center provides hands-on training in the care and management of birds of prey as well as educational programs for the general public. The center is open to the public Monday through Saturday.
South of Memorial Union Building
At the heart of the campus, the Quad is the central gathering place for students. On sunny afternoons, they study or play Frisbee on its green lawn. The Quad is also the setting for festive events and student protests. After growing barley and alfalfa for harvest for years, in 1932 the Quad was seeded for lawn grass and a sprinkler system was installed by students as a Labor Day project.
Visitor Information Centers
General campus information is available in person or by telephone from four visitor information centers:
Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center
Mrak Hall Drive and Old Davis Road
North Gate Visitor Information Kiosk
Howard Way off Russell Boulevard
South Gate Visitor Information Kiosk
Old Davis Road off Interstate 80
Memorial Union Visitor Information Center
Memorial Union Building
Conference and Event Services
Self-Guided Tours — Brochures for self-guided campus tours are available at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. After hours, a few copies are left outside the main entrance on the south side of the building.
Virtual Tours — UC Davis offers a virtual tour showing "all the campus offers to inspire students to learn, live and prepare."
Transportation and Parking Services
Betwen the West Entry Parking Structure and the Pavilion
(530) 752-TAPS or 752-8277
A valid UC Davis permit is required to park on campus weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 15 to June 15, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16 to Sept. 14, and during special events. Visitor permits may be purchased from permit dispensing machines located at the entrances to several lots on campus.
Parking Meters are available to any motor vehicle for the time purchased by coin, not to exceed the length of time posted for the area. Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day yearround. For detailed information on parking, visit Transportation and Parking Services.
Mondavi Center Ticket Office
Front of Mondavi Center
(866) 754-ARTS toll free
(530) 754-2787 for patrons with disabilities
(530) 752-5402 TDD number
The Mondavi Center Ticket Office handles ticket sales for the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Department of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.
UC Davis Ticket Office
Lobby of Freeborn Hall
(530) 752-7117 fax
The UC Davis Ticket Office located at Freeborn Hall handles ticket sales for Aggie Athletics, Associated Students of UC Davis and other ticketed events at Freeborn Hall and Recreation Hall.
To and From UC Davis
Amtrak — Amtrak serves Davis from its station at 840 Second St., near G Street, in downtown Davis. The train station is about a 10-minute walk from the eastern edge of campus. For more information, call Amtrak at (530) 758-4220 or (800) 872-7245.
Sacramento International Airport — The airport is served by about 15 airlines. Located between Woodland and Sacramento on Interstate 5, it is about a 30-minute drive from campus. Ground transportation is available.
Bus and Airport — Yolobus offers service to and from the Sacramento International Airport seven days a week on its #42 route series. The bus has stops in Davis and at the Memorial Union bus terminal at UC Davis. For more information, call (530) 666-2877 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Airport — UC Davis operates a general aviation, noncontrolled airport off Hutchison Drive west of Highway 113. Services include fuel, maintenance and repair, rentals and charters, and auto and aircraft parking. The airport is about two miles from the main campus and those who use the airport must arrange their own ground transportation. For more information, call Transportation and Parking Services at (530) 752-0100.