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Your Health Matters

We want you to be safe — and well — at UC Davis. There are so many ways to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and at UC Davis all of them are top-notch and most are free to students thanks to regular student fees.

Look below for an overview of how UC Davis helps you practice wellness and safety as a student.

Fitness and fun

Campus Recreation has you covered whether you need the social stimulus of intramural sports teams and sport clubs or the guidance and discipline of personal training. There's also dancing, martial arts, rock climbing and the only equestrian center in the UC system. The Activities and Recreation Center is on campus and open long hours. Students have unlimited access because the center is paid for with registration fees. 

Mind-Body balance

Being well is about balancing your life. Get enough sleep (check out our Nap Map), drink enough water (ditto for our Hydration Map) and eat your fruits and veggies (yes, we have a map for that, too!). Dining on campus and in the city of Davis features the freshest, tastiest foods around. Or let a chef teach you how to prepare nutritious meals for yourself in one of our free cooking classes

Don't forget to include relaxation as you balance your daily tasks. You’ll find it easy to unwind with massage therapy, yoga for stress ­­­reduction and other wellness services. Find locations on our Mental Health Map by scrolling down the list to "Self Care Spots."

Medical and mental health care

Check out our site, Each Aggie Matters, to find out about our mental health movement at UC Davis. We are raising mental health awareness, de-stigmatizing mental illness and cultivating mental health. 

Even if you don't have the student health insurance plan (SHIP), as a UC Davis student you can get medical attention from Student Health and Counseling Services. SHCS provides routine and urgent care, including services for mental health and alcohol and drug use. It also offers travel services to prepare you for study abroad and international trips.

It's simple to schedule an appointment by phone or in person. There is also an online system that lets you write directly to your health providers and view or request forms and services. Experience for yourself why the we lead the nation in student health.

The center offers a wealth of information for you. You might just wonder what wellness is and how it relates to you personally. Also, you can find out about health topics from A to Z and follow the SHCS blog to keep current on health news. 

How to Stay Safe

The city of Davis and UC Davis campus have reputations for being among the safer college communities. That said, we ask students to be mindful of their safety.

Bicycle safety

Take our online course from the Bicycle Education and Enforcement Program and learn the rules of the road. You can avoid accidents — and citations.

Aggie Guardian

Students can upload Aggie Guardian, a phone app available to anyone with a “ucdavis.edu” email address. Features include a virtual safety escort that allows you to alert someone if you haven’t arrived at your destination as well as the ability to make 911 calls, text eyewitness reports and create an Aggie Guardian profile. The app is free and optional.

Safe rides

UC Davis provides Safe Rides through our Police Department with:

  • wheelchair transport all week long at any hour
  • rides on campus to another campus location seven days a week 5-10 p.m.
  • rides from campus to drop off at any location in the city of Davis 10 p.m.-6 a.m.

Call 530-754-2677 for a ride.

Also, Tipsy Taxi serves UC Davis undergraduate students 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night during the school year, providing a free door-to-door transportation within Davis and the campus. Download the TapRide app on your smartphone or call 530-752-6666 for a ride.

We also suggest you check out The Safe Party Initiative, which offers tips on reducing the risks of alcohol-related problems and how to keep your party from ending on a low note.

Campus Security Report

As provided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, you are entitled to request and receive a copy of the Security Report for the University of California, Davis, campus. The report includes statistics for the past three years concerning crimes and incidents reported to campus security authorities (whether the crime occurred on campus, in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, or on public property adjacent to campus). The report also provides campus policies and practices concerning security: how to report sexual assault and other crimes, crime prevention efforts, policies/laws governing alcohol and drugs, victims' assistance programs, student discipline, campus resources and other matters. You may obtain a copy of this report online by accessing the UC Davis Police Department web page or by submitting a request to the UC Davis information practices officer:

Information Practices Officer
Office of the Campus Counsel
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, Calif. 95616

 

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