Resources for Current Residents in Family and Graduate Housing at UC Davis

Welcome Home Aggie!

We are very excited that you have chosen to live in one of the communities at University of California Davis. We hope you will create a home where you feel safe and welcomed. We will strive to help you find connections, share in laughter, and build memories!

Our commitment to our residents:

We will work to create a caring and inclusive residential environment. One which allows us all to bring our authentic self, feel seen, and heard. We will invite our residents the opportunity to give feedback, this allows us to grow and create more amazing experiences.

We will encourage all people to be courteous, open-minded, and understanding. We will provide opportunities to listen to other people's stories and to learn from a different point of view. We aim to support you holistically: mentally, physically, and emotionally. We strive to connect you to support networks on and off campus. We will respect everyone's personal journeys but at times we may need to connect you to additional support for your overall well-being and for the well-being of the entire community. We will facilitate opportunities for you to connect with other residents and stakeholders across campus.We care deeply about the safety and welfare of our residents. We ask that you trust that when we are enforcing policies and procedures you know that we are working for the betterment of the entire community.

Family and Graduate Handbook

Orchard Park and Primero Grove Residential Handbook (pdf)

Orchard Park and Primero Grove Information

Orchard Park: For questions, lease information, lock outs and other services visit the Office:Located in the South Community Building 5002. Open: Monday- Friday 9am-4pm.

Primero Grove: For questions about mail, maintenance concerns, and other assistance visit the Primero Grove Office: Located in the middle of the property Building 500: Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm or email or email For questions about your lease, email


Orchard Park: Call 530-747-7224

Primero Grove: For Maintenance, Call 530-754-8455 // For Lock-Outs, Call 530-754-4120

Mailing Addresses

How to Apply for Family and Graduate Housing

Application Process for Orchard Park and Primero Grove

Virtual Tours

Community Events Calendar


The Fee Subsidy Program grants a subsidy of class fees to allow families who are income eligible to enjoy our recreation classes and programs. To learn more about the Fee Subsidy Program, or to apply for a fee subsidy, simply visit the Fee Subsidy Program web page. For more information, call 530-757-5626.


Orchard Park & Primero Grove Monthly Newsletter: Sign Up Link

Crisis Support Services

Child Care

The Graduate Student Child Care Grant Fact Sheet

The Community Based Care Grant Fact Sheet

Expecting and New Parents

Fun Family Activities Around Davis

4-H Youth Development Program

4-H is an organization for youth ages 5-19 that promotes hands-on, experiential learning in agriculture. Members have the opportunity to participate in the 4-H program through after school programs, community clubs, camps, events, conferences and military partnership programs. The California 4-H program is a part of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide network of the University of California.

Arboretum and Public Garden

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden spans the campus's 5300-plus acres and includes the historic Arboretum – a 100-plus acre campus and regional amenity comprised of demonstration gardens and scientific collections as well as the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve. The Arboretum and Public Garden's education programs include guided tours, family nature programs, talks by artists, scholars and scientists, and classes and workshops.

Bohart Museum of Entomology

The R. M. Bohart Museum of Entomology, founded in 1946, is located on the University of California, Davis campus. The museum has the seventh largest insect collection in North America, and is worldwide in coverage. The museum offers educational programs for children including tours, on and off site presentations, and Bio Boot Camps.

Bowling at the Memorial Union

The Games Area offers 12 bowling lanes for UC Davis students and the community. Play a quick game or rent out a lane by the hour for a birthday party! Bowling shoes are required, bring your own socks. Other attractions include billiards, console gaming, and board games.

California Raptor Center

The California Raptor Center (CRC) is dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors, and is affiliated with the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The CRC offers educational programs for children including tours, on and off site presentations, and the "Little" Raptor Program.

Campus Recreation Youth Programs

UC Davis Youth Programs offers a diverse range of summer camps, classes, trips, and swimming lessons for youth up to age 18.

COSMOS - California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science

COSMOS at UC Davis is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Equestrian Center

The 25-acre Equestrian Center operates an extensive year-round English and Western riding program. Located on campus, the center features boarding facilities, a 45,000-square-foot covered riding arena, a regulation dressage court, four barns and several pastures. The Center offers a wide variety of activities that range from competitive equestrian sports to the Guardian Angel program to leisure riding lessons.

Girls' Outdoor Adventure in Leadership and Science (GOALS)

GOALS is a free summer science program for high school girls and gender expansive youth to learn science hands-on while backpacking with UC Davis and National Park scientists. Scholars engage in citizen science and independent research as well as lessons in leadership and outdoors skills. The program is sponsored by the UC Davis John Muir Center of the Environment.

Gunrock Gaming

Gunrock Gaming is the home for PC gaming at UC Davis and is located in the Games Area in the basement of the Memorial Union. Current available games include Fortnight, League of Legends, Minecraft, The Sims, World of Warcraft, and Magic: The Gathering Arena. Play is open to both UC Davis students and community members.

Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a unique outdoor museum where visitors can observe and learn about bees and the plants that support them. Located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis, it was planted in Fall 2009 thanks to a generous gift from Häagen-Dazs. The garden is open year-round during daylight hours. Admission is free.

Horse Barn - Horse Day

Join us for our annual UC Davis Horse Day event! A day filled with workshops, demonstrations, and lectures dedicated to continuing education for horse owners and enthusiasts. Open to adults and children of all ages.

Junior Aggie Club

Sponsored by UC Davis Athletics - membership club for children and families to receive benefits related to athletic event admission, special events, and discounts.

MIND Institute

The UC Davis MIND Institute is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, and treatment of the challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities. The MIND Institute is especially known for research and clinical therapies developed for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. The MIND Institute offers trainings and support groups for parents of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Pre-College Discovery Programs

UC Davis Discovery Programs provides an active, hands-on opportunity for junior high and high school students to discover new interests, explore potential careers and build skills for academic success at one of the world's top universities. The Programs are sponsored by UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education.

STEM for Girls

Hosted by the Women's Resources and Research Center, STEM for Girls invites 10 - 12 year old students from the Woodland and Sacramento areas to the University of California, Davis for a full day immersion into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Student Farm

The 23-acre farm, run through the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, is a community where students create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems. The Student Farm hosts a number of different programs including garden-based education, Kids in the Garden Field Trips, tours for junior high and high school classes, and a school gardening program.

Tahoe Science Center

Located in Incline Village, the Tahoe Science Center is part of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), a global leader in research, education, and public outreach on Lakes. At the Center, families can explore the interactive exhibits, learn about the lake ecosystem, and why it's changing, and find out how to keep Tahoe blue. The TERC also offers the Junior Limnologist Challenge, the Science Expo, and Youth Science Institute.

Aggie Family Fun

Bicycle Safety

Meet The Team

Hayley Snyder

Hayley Snyder (She/Her/Hers)

Resident Director—Graduate and Family Housing

I grew up in Northern Nevada where I received my bachelors in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. Later, I earned my masters in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University. Some of my professional passion areas include supporting first generation college students, access to college for people with disabilities, and how technology can be used to create a more equitable and inclusive college experience for everyone. Outside of work, I enjoy video games, kayaking, and camping with my husband and our dog.

To contact Hayley, please email

Yvonne Chamberlain-Marquez

Yvonne Chamberlain-Marquez (She/They)

I grew up around Southern California, especially the Inland Empire, where I received my bachelors in History & Feminist Studies. As a first-generation, non-traditional college graduate, I am dedicated to creating opportunities for historically marginalized populations. I have spent the last several years working with students who are parents, and/or formerly incarcerated, veterans, and former foster youth at UC Riverside. I deeply believe in the power of storytelling and community engagement to make lasting change and I am thrilled to be at UC Davis with my husband, our two daughters, and doggo.

To contact Yvonne, please email

Daniel Mwaniki

Daniel Mwaniki (He/ Him)

My name is Daniel Mwaniki, I was born in Kenya and came here to the States with my mom and dad where I was raised in Delaware. I ran track & played football most of my life growing up. I am the oldest brother of two sisters. I did undergrad and graduate studies at Central Michigan University, where I finished with my Bachelor's in exercise science and my master's in business administration. I love sports, gaming, and thrillers. I am a fan of anything outside and love staying active. I am a student of life and love meeting new people, making connections, and finding new experiences. Most importantly I love helping people learn their potential, like all the mentors and friends that I have met along the way who have helped me continue growing as a better person.

To contact Daniel, please email

Echelle Avelar

Echelle Avelar (She/Her/Hers)

Assistant Director—Graduate and Family Housing

I grew up in Southern California, near Los Angeles. I am a proud first-generation college graduate. I attended community college and worked multiple jobs while completing my undergraduate degree. I received my bachelors from the University of La Verne and my masters from Azusa Pacific University in College Counseling and Student Development. I have worked in fields ranging from the non-profit sector to working on a hit television show. I eventually found my calling in Higher Education and have spent the last 20 years supporting college students and building inclusive communities.

To contact Echelle, please email

Resources for Current Residents

Primero Grove Maintenance Request

The process to submit a work order at Primero Grove:

Orchard Park Maintenance Request

The process to submit a work order at Orchard Park:

Forms & Other Important Information

Guidelines For Our Community

Emergency, Safety & After Hours Information

Maintenance Emergencies

  • Primero Grove: For maintenance emergencies please call 530-754-8455 (24 hours a day) for a live operator that will assist you.
  • Orchard Park: For maintenance emergencies please call 530-747-7224