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Student Well-Being


Your student’s safety is our number one priority, and we do our best to protect students from harm. The most effective way is to give them the skills to protect themselves.

Because students feel safe and “at home” in our campus communities, they sometimes make ill-advised decisions such as leaving their room doors unlocked, letting unknown people into the buildings, propping open exterior building doors and walking alone on campus late at night. These actions are unsafe.

It is critical that students keep their access card and keys with them at all times (even when going to the community bathroom). This is a vital step to ensuring personal safety.

UC Davis provides a Safety Escort Service for students going to all parts of campus and nearby residential areas. Service hours typically range from early evening until midnight (check for current hours). We highly encourage students to use this service or walk in groups as an alternative to walking alone at night. Students can request an escort by calling 752-1727.


Students generally transition from a structured lifestyle at home to an unstructured lifestyle at college. They create their own lifestyle for the first time – setting their schedules for sleep and exercise, and making decisions about diet. Developing consistent sleeping and eating patterns is the key to wellness.

Setting personal boundaries is another component of wellness. Students sometimes have difficulty in a residence hall community because there are always activities that are more fun than studying, sleeping or exercising.

Parents and families can remind students of the reasons they are in college and what they aspire to accomplish. Helping students make choices that provide an enriching and fun experience, as well as a healthy and productive one, is something a parent is uniquely qualified to do.


Many students find the transition from high school to college more difficult than they anticipated. They are surprised by the increased academic requirements and shocked when their grades drop. There is less structure to the academic rigor. Students are expected to follow the class syllabus and come prepared to each class.

Parents and families should encourage students to seek out academic advising resources, whether in the residence halls, Dean’s Office, or major department. It is important for students to connect with an academic advisor early and often! Parents can also help by encouraging students to create study schedules and adhere to them. This can go a long way toward supporting your student’s academic success.


Many students have not had the opportunity to oversee their own financial well-being, and their budget can spiral out of control.

Credit card companies provide surprisingly large credit lines to students, who can “max out” their credit quickly.

Parents and families can help by discussing the basics of financial matters with their student. This includes how to balance a checkbook and how credit cards operate — a vital part of protecting your student.