Emerson Hall

A Cuarto Area Building

  • Emerson Hall entrance
  • Emerson Hall pool area
  • Emerson Hall pool side
  • Emerson Hall pool side
  • Emerson Hall grass side
  • Emerson Hall double-occupancy bedroom
  • Emerson Hall living room

Building Details

Emerson Hall features the following:

  • Floors: 3 floors
  • Building Occupancy: about 500 students
  • Occupancy Type(s): double-occupancy rooms
  • Room Configuration(s): All rooms are part of a "suite" configuration; suites are like full apartments only without a kitchen
    • each suite features either 2 or 3 double-occupancy bedrooms, a fully-furnished shared living room, and a hallway with coat closet
    • all rooms are arranged off the living room; suite entrances are located directly off a main exterior corridor that is part of a gated, secure courtyard
  • Room Dimensions: about 150 square feet
  • Bathrooms: 1 or 2 bathroom(s) in each suite
    • 2-bedroom (4 occupant) suites have 1 bathroom
    • 3-bedroom (6 occupant) suites have 2 bathrooms
  • Laundry Facilities: there are three laundry rooms
    • Emerson Hall has two laundry rooms, each laundry room has 6 washing machines and 6 dryers
    • Webster Hall has one laundry room with 6 washing machines and 6 dryers
  • Flooring Type(s): all suites are carpeted, except for main entry and bathrooms
  • Bed Type(s): all rooms have extra-long (80 inch) twin beds
  • Computer Network Connection(s): wired and wireless
  • Cable TV Connection: Coaxial and IPTV
  • Landline Telephone Availability: optional; service available through IET Communications Resources
  • Mailbox Location: Emerson Hall (1st floor, near the lobby)
  • Additional Notes: both Emerson and Webster Halls feature a courtyard with swimming pool, spa, and patio; Emerson also features a 2nd landscaped courtyard; the Cuarto Computer Center is located in Emerson Hall; the Cuarto mailroom is located in Emerson Hall

Living-Learning Communities

2018-19: SOCIaL: Student Organizations, Community, Involvement, and Leadership

LEED / Environmental Impact

Emerson Hall is Leed Silver certified under the LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system. Emerson Hall and Webster Hall are the first LEED® EBOM certified buildings at UC Davis. Emerson Hall sustainability features include:

  • Reduced single occupant automobile trips
  • 30%+ reduction in water use
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • ENERGY STAR Certified - score of 81
  • Sustainable purchasing policy
  • Solid waste management policy
  • Green cleaning policy and program

Mail, Mailboxes, and Care Packages

Use the following address to send mail and packages to Emerson Hall residents.

There is one mailbox for each room. Emerson Hall's mailboxes are located on the first floor of Emerson Hall.

Packages that do not fit in a mailbox are held at the Area Service Desk until residents can pick them up. The ASD notifies residents via email when they receive packages.

Mailing Address

(student name)
(room #) Emerson Hall
565 Oxford Circle
Davis, CA 95616

Items in parenthesis should be customized with residents' specific information, including their names and room numbers.

Maps, Plans and Models

Graphic: 4-Person Suite  3-D room rendering

4-Person Suite - Double Occupancy

Graphic: 6-Person Suite 3-D room rendering

6-Person Suite - Double Occupancy

Aggie Abodes

Watch the following videos to see what living in Emerson Hall is like.

360° View Virtual Rooms

Double-occupancy bedroom

Common room

Move-In Information

Refer to the move-in webpage for information about moving in to Emerson Hall. Move-in details vary based upon the time of year.

Building Namesake

Ralph Waldo EmersonRalph Waldo Emerson
Born: 1803
Deceased: 1882

Webster, Emerson, and Thoreau Halls were named by the original owner of what we now call the Cuarto housing area. When student housing purchased these buildings in fall 1986 they decided to keep the original building names. Emerson Hall was named after American essayist, lecturer, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century and was seen as a champion of individualism. He was a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, "Nature". Following this ground-breaking work, he gave a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. considered to be America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence". Emerson wrote on a number of subjects, never espousing fixed philosophical tenets, but developing certain ideas such as individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world.