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WINTER BREAK: What's open, what's closed

By Dave Jones on December 14, 2015 in University

Finals are over, the winter administrative holidays are near (Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1) — and we’ve got our annual rundown on campus operations the next couple of weeks.

When do I get paid? When will the heat be turned down? Where can I get a cup of coffee? Is Repro Graphics open? When is Unitrans running? How about the shuttle bus to and from the UC Davis Health System? What are the hours at the ARC? Is there still time to do some holiday shopping at UC Davis Stores? Read on for the answers!

Let’s start with all things heat-related, as in the temperature inside our offices and the hot coffee many of us cannot do without.

Sorry to say, but all retail operations for beverages and food will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. So bring your own! See detailed listings below.

Building thermostats will indeed be set back, as has been standard operating procedure during winter break since 2008-09 — but for fewer days this season. In years past, we lowered the temperature on the four administrative holidays and the days in between — accounting for the fact that many employees take off those in-between days. Many departments and units, in fact, shut down from around Christmas through New Year's.

This year, however, if you’re coming to work on the in-between days — Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-30 — surprise! The heat will be on.

Utility officials point out that more and more campus buildings in recent years have been equipped with occupancy sensors for heating (and air conditioning) — so, if no one’s around — the heat doesn't come on anyway.

Still, for greater energy savings during winter break, the campus will continue to lower the heat on the administrative holidays and the weekends that follow. So, the thermostat setback is as fokllows: Dec. 24-27 and Dec. 31-Jan. 3. The setback applies to all buildings where the campus already routinely lowers the heat on weekends. Lab space is excluded.

Questions about the thermostat setback? Call the Facilities Management Customer Support Center, (530) 752-1655.

Departments that close for winter break can also help with energy conservation by turning off the lights and office equipment. The Campus Energy Checklist offers more details.


Unitrans Break service (weekdays) and weekend service through Sunday, Jan. 3, except for four days when Unitrans will not operate: Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Regular service resumes Monday, Jan. 4, the first day of winter quarter..

Davis-Sacramento shuttle Reduced schedule Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23 and 28-30. No service Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25 or Dec. 31-Jan. 1. The reduced schedule is as follows:

  • Departs UCDHS — 6:20, 7:10, 8:10 and 11:10 a.m., and 3:10, 4:10 and 5:15 p.m., making stops at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Lot 56 and Silo Terminal.
  • Departs Silo Terminal — 7:10, 8:10 and 9:10 a.m., and 12:10, 4:10, 5:10 and 6:10 p.m., making stops at Lot 56 and the Mondavi Center before going to UCDHS.

See the timetable here (PDF).

Davis-Berkeley shuttle Regular service through Sunday, Dec. 20, after which the following adjustments will kick in:

  • Weekday service will be reduced to one run a day to Berkeley, with a later departure time, 9 a.m., Dec. 21-24, 28 and 31. Afternoon runs those days are canceled.
  • No service Dec. 25, 27 and 29-30, and Jan. 1.

Davis-Berkeley shuttle Saturday service, Dec. 26, is unaffected: That day’s lone shuttle will depart at 9 a.m.

See the holiday schedule here. Regular service resumes Saturday, Jan. 2. Make reservations here, or call (530) 752-UBUS (8287) for information.

Fleet Services — Closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, and reopening on Monday, Jan. 4. Fuel stations and vehicle rentals and service will not be available during the closure. Each Fleet Services vehicle has a Voyager fuel card that can be used to purchase fuel at most major stations. Rentals will still be available through UC Drive.

Fleet Services customers with vehicle emergencies should call the UC Davis Police Department, (530) 752-1230, and police will then contact the appropriate Fleet Services personnel.

Information and Educational Technology

  • IT Express Service Desk Regular hours, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, through Friday (Dec. 18). Then, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30. Contact IT Express via the Web, or call (530) 754-HELP (4357). Or consult the IT Knowledge Base.
  • IET offices — Closed to the public from Monday, Dec. 21, through the end of the year, except for Enterprise Applications and Infrastructure Services, which will close starting Wednesday, Dec. 23. Academic Technology Services’ offices will close at noon Dec. 21.
  • New data network and telephone service — Orders placed Dec. 21-30 will be processed after Jan. 4.

Repro Graphics

Both locations, 176 Hoagland Hall and 3820 Chiles Road, will keep regular hours, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, except for these holiday closures: Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25, and Thursday-Friday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Use MyPrint anytime. Upload files anytime.

Activities and Recreation Center

Winter break hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Exceptions:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 23 — 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25 — Closed.
  • Sunday, Dec. 27 — Noon-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 30 — 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday-Friday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 — Closed.
  • Regular hours resume Saturday, Jan. 2.

ARC Business Center

Winter break hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Exceptions:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 23 — 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 24-27 — Closed.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 30 — 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursday-Friday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 — Closed.
  • Regular hours resume Saturday, Jan. 2.

UC Davis Stores

Memorial Union (east wing) — Regular hours 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. Exceptions:

  • Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 24-26 — Closed.
  • Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-30 — 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday-Friday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 — Closed.
  • Sunday, Jan. 3 (the day before the start of winter quarter) — 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday, Jan. 4-8 (first week of winter quarter) — 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tech Hub — Same as the MU store, except closed Jan. 2-3.

Downtown Store (630 Second St., at F Street) — Regular hours 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Exceptions:

  • Thursday, Dec. 24 — 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 25 — Closed.
  • Saturday, Dec. 26 — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 31 — 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 1 — Closed.
  • Saturday, Jan. 2 — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pro Shop (ARC) — Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday (Dec. 18), then, as follows:

  • Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20 — Noon-5 p.m.
  • Monday-Wednesday, Dec 21-23 — 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 24-26 — Closed.
  • Sunday-Wednesday, Dec. 27-30 — Noon-5 p.m.
  • Thursday-Friday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 — Closed.
  • Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 2-3 — Noon-5 p.m.

Textbooks at The Pavilion — Closed Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Special weekend hours and extended hours weekdays, Jan. 2-15, coinciding with the start of winter quarter. See schedule.

Welcome Center — Closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3.

Food and drink

Coffee House — Hours and choices are limited during winter break:

  • Through Friday (Dec. 18) — Swirlz Bakery, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fickle Pickle Deli and TxMx Grill, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Ciao (pizza only), 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Croutons, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday, Dec,. 19-20 — Closed.
  • Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23 — Swirlz Bakery, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Ciao (pizza only), 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 1 — Closed.
  • Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 2-3 — Closed.

CoHo South Café (Student Community Center) — Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day this week, then closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3.

Silo Union — Most of the Silo food outlets, including food trucks and Gunrock Pub, are closed until Jan. 4. Two exceptions:

  • Starbucks — 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through Friday (Dec. 18), then closed until Jan. 4.
  • Carl’s Jr. — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through Friday (Dec. 18), then closed until Jan. 4.

ARC Starbucks — Open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily through Friday (Dec. 18), then closed until Jan. 4.

King Hall Coffee — Open 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. daily through Friday (Dec. 18), then closed until Jan. 4.

Fusion Fresh Café (outside the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts) — Open until Wednesday (Dec. 16), then closed until Jan. 4.

BioBrew — Closed until Jan. 4.

Scrubs Café — Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through Friday (Dec. 18), then closed until Jan. 4.

Scrubs Grill & Deli — Open 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily through Friday (Dec. 18), then closed until Jan. 4.

West Village Market — Open 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. through Thursday (Dec. 17), then closed until Jan. 4.

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