A poor soul hoping to relocate to Davis and desperately trying to learn all about it before then. In particular, I'm trying to figure out:

  • Where to get an affordable (on a graduate student budget) 2-bedroom place to live that allows 2 15lb dogs and an infant
  • Whether I can manage to not buy a car if I plan to go to Stockton regularly to visit my family and to Sacramento daily to study at UCD Medical School
  • Where I can get the best tacos in the area
  • Where the best grocery story around is. We love to cook and use esoteric ingredients like quinoa and saffron, but would be fine with a place that has affordable good-quality produce (we can get random spices and things in bulk elsewhere).


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2009-03-22 22:56:03   Affordable Housing in Davis is sort of relative; if you're from the Midwest and used to those housing prices, anything in California will come as a shock. To get to Stockton via public transit, you can take almost any Amtrak train from Davis to Sacramento (the Capitol Corridor runs quite frequently), and then take the San Joaquins to Stockton. To get to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, you can take the UCDMC Bus Line direct from the UCD campus. As for tacos and grocery store, I think people's preferences are based mostly on personal taste, but you'll find lots of different opinions on the Wiki. Welcome! —MaryLieth

2009-03-22 23:03:21   If you tell us what qualities you like in a grocery store, it will be easier to recommend one. —CovertProfessor

2009-03-22 23:36:13   I wonder if you mean to study at the UCD medical school. The UCSD one is in Southern California, and would be quite a commute.

As it sounds like you are a student, you might want to check out Orchard Park or Solano Park. As a grad student with kids, you can get into grad student campus family housing, which is (relatively) inexpensive. —IDoNotExist

  • 2009-04-21   I did indeed mean UCD, of course. Duly corrected. Orchard and Solano Parks sound great, except they don't allow dogs. I had no idea that finding a dog-friendly place was so difficult! — harvardslacker

2009-03-23 04:10:28   It's generally a good idea to call about things like the dogs at University Court, because the wiki can be more accurate than their website. It's often a case where somebody who has a dog and is living there edited that page. The wiki is easy to update; some of those company websites are based on stock templates and never updated to match reality. —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards

  • 2009-04-21   The wiki says University Court doesn't allow dogs. I'm hoping that there's some place that unofficially allows dogs even though they're officially prohibited, which is the case with my current apartment in Columbia Univ. housing in New York. So far, though, I haven't seen any sign of that in the on-campus Davis apartment complexes. —harvardslacker

2009-03-23 04:18:58   Incidentally, I used to do a weekly Stockton/Davis trip by car. Even by car, it's doable, but you really need to want to do it. I also used to do a daily Sacto/Davis trip for awhile, from well on the other end of Sacramento. That's really easy and enjoyable, both by car and by rail, although as Mary notes, there's a bus line that takes you right there, whereas the rail puts you on the opposite end of downtown from the UCDMC. —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards

2009-06-02 14:33:31   What exactly are you looking to Fact Check? That tag is often use in humor as a parody of Wikipedia, and I wasn't sure if you were using it seriously or not. —JabberWokky

  • Ah, I didn't realize that. I'm new to the Davis Wiki and am confused by the proliferation of contradictory comments that aren't subsequently clarified and pared down... I think I put that beneath something very random and minor like how spaces at the Farmer's Market are assigned... —harvardslacker

2009-06-02 17:19:32   Hi, If you're interested in housing that allows dogs: check out the Davis Affordable Housing link and get on the waiting list ASAP. I'm pretty sure a few of those places accept dogs.If you're able to though, look into renting a duplex and then you'll have happy kids and dog- b/c you would have a yard. As for grocery stores, depends on what kind of person you are. If I had the money, as in enough not to worry about how much I spend every week, I would go to the Nugget. There are also some decent rentals in that area behind Nugget... —jsbmeb

2009-06-02 18:25:37   I think the reason the "fact check" thing can be used satirically here is because pretty much everyone has the same ability to check facts. The topics are not so diverse here as on WikiPedia or hard to look at, so feel free to find out how things are yourself and update the wiki. In this particular situation you might want to contact Randii MacNear, who runs the market. Thanks! —NickSchmalenberger