Skip directly to: Navigation for this section | Main page content
Graphic: A Prospective Resident Page

Transfer Students: Student Housing Apartments, 2015-2016

Photo: Arlington Farm Apartments outdoor photograph; link opens a larger version of the photograph Photo: The Colleges at La Rue outdoor photograph; link opens a larger version of the photograph Photo: The Lexington Apartments outdoor photograph; link opens a larger version of the photograph Photo: Primero Grove outdoor photograph; link opens a larger version of the photograph

Eligible incoming transfer students may elect to live in Student Housing Apartments.

Roommate Agreement Form

Download the Roommate Agreement Form (MS Word).

What Are Student Housing Apartments?

Student Housing Apartments, or SHA, incorporates all apartment options available to students. Student Housing leases space from privately owned and operated apartment complexes in order to guarantee that housing is available. SHA has designated apartments specifically for first-year transfer students to aid in their transition to UC Davis.

What Is The SHA Student Experience?

Student Housing Apartments have dedicated support staff available to help connect students with various campus resources as well as build community through planned social programs. For example, the staff coordinates inter-mural sports teams, produce a monthly newsletter, host a campus resources scavenger hunt, meet with every apartment to discuss living agreements, and help mediate conversations when issues do arise. They also coordinate a variety of on-going social and informational programs to help students feel supported and included in their communities. By partnering with the apartment complexes, Student Housing Apartments offer a unique experience that combines the "off-campus" independence transfer students want with the academic and transitional support incoming students need to be successful at a research university.

What Are The Apartments Like?


The size and layout of each apartment varies. Each apartment features single- and double-occupancy bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, a full kitchen, 1-4 bathrooms, and closet space. Studios are similar to 1 bedroom apartments except the bedroom and living room spaces are combined.


All apartments are fully furnished: they include an extra-long twin bed and mattress, desk and chair, dresser, desktop bookshelf, desk lamp, and waste containers in each bedroom. In addition, the living room is furnished with a couch, chair, and coffee table, and the dining room has a dining room table and chairs. Note: SHA studios receive limited living room furniture due to the smaller size of the living room (the bedroom and living room occupy the same space).

SHA Features

  • Single- and double-occupancy bedrooms
  • Furnished studio, 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom apartments
  • Utilities included (Cable TV is not included)
  • Access to Student Housing resources including Academic Advising Centers, Computer Centers, and Professional Staff

Benefits of the SHA Program

  • Access to Student Housing resources including Academic Advising Centers, Computer Centers, and Professional Staff
  • Social networking opportunities with other transfer students who can relate to the transitional process

Apartment Amenities

  • Community Room
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • On-Site Parking
  • Near Unitrans bus routes
  • Easily access campus via bike paths

The Apartment Communities

Learn about the SHA communities on the Student Housing Apartments webpage.

How SHA Works


Students who accept an offer to live in Student Housing Apartments will be assigned to a "space" (see "Selecting Apartments" below), which refers to a single-occupancy bedroom or single bed in a double-occupancy bedroom in an apartment, or a single-occupancy studio; each apartment will be either one, two, three or four bedrooms and house between two and six students, and each studio will house either one or two students. SHA apartments will house Student Housing first-year transfer students; transfer students will not be paired with non-student residents.

Selecting Apartments

SHA applicants will select their own space ("self selection") in an apartment as part of the SHA Application process. Self-selection is first-come, first-serve and availability of properties and units is not guaranteed, so for the most options SHA applications should begin the self-selection process as soon as it opens. Applicants who do not select an apartment during self-selection will be randomly assigned to a space.

The self-selection process begins after the transfer student SIR and Housing Application deadlines pass; log back into the Housing Application and read the daily announcements for more information.

Selecting Roommates

SHA defines roommates as all of the residents sharing an apartment, including students that share a double-occupancy bedroom within an apartment.

SHA applicants have the opportunity to select their own roommate(s) as a part of the "self-selection" process. That is, each applicant can choose their room during the "self selection" process, and should coordinate which room and apartment they select with their preferred roommates in order for everyone to self-select the same location. Remember self-selection is first-come, first-serve, so roommate coordination should be done before and during self-selection to have the best chance of getting the same apartment together; getting an apartment with all preferred roommates is not guaranteed.

As part of the application process, Student Housing provides access to RoomSync, a roommate matching Facebook application that will provide students a platform for connecting with other SHA applicants.

Advantages of Living in Student Housing Apartments

A primary advantage of selecting to live in Student Housing Apartments is that they are an excellent solution to a historically competitive Davis apartment market. Davis apartments tend to have low vacancy rates. Additionally, continuing students traditionally begin their search for next year's apartment in February, leaving far fewer apartments available to students who begin their search in the summer.

Other advantages:

  • Great solution for finding an apartment in a competitive apartment community
  • Best of both worlds: live in a regular Davis community apartment but still have access to all residence hall resources
  • Support for students as they transition to the university
  • Master's level professional staff available to assist with a variety of topics
  • Academic support through Student Housing Academic Advising Centers
  • Choice of having a dining commons meal plan (with the convenient 'Aggie Cash' declining debit account) or not having a meal plan (in contrast, residence hall contracts include a meal plan)
  • Access to on-campus Student Housing computer centers
  • All apartments feature high speed Internet access
  • All utilities are included

Additional Information


Student Housing does not facilitate tours of the Student Housing Apartments; please visit the apartments' websites for more information.


Refer to the Student Housing Parking Regulations webpage for information.


Contracts are from September 19, 2015 through August 17, 2016. Review the Student Housing calendar, and/or review or download the Student Housing Apartments calendar (pdf) for specific details. Contracts are non-renewable, although space for the 2015-2016 year may be available pending admissions results for next year's incoming students.


For more information, contact Student Housing at or 530-752-2033.