UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center
The Student Health and Wellness Center is one of the two primary locations for services provided by Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). SHCS provides quality and cost-sensitive care tailored to the unique and diverse needs of students. This building is at the heart of the SHCS mission, which is to provide campus health and wellness resources that enable students to successfully achieve their academic goals and promote lifelong wellness.
Location and Parking
The Student Health & Wellness Center is located on La Rue Road between Hutchison Drive and Orchard Road, across the street from the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and next to the Colleges at La Rue.
Access to the closest parking lot (35) is on Orchard Road. A limited number of patient parking spots are available in Lot 35 for students being seen at SHCS Medical Services. These parking spots are located in front of the Main Entrance and are not guaranteed. Ask for a patient parking permit from the Information Desk at the Main Entrance to place in your car when you arrive.
If patient parking spots are full, A/C/L permit parking, day permit parking, and metered parking spots are also available in lot 35 and in nearby lots.
LEED Gold Certified
Utilizing sustainable design elements in the areas of water & energy efficiency, materials usage, and environmental quality, the Student Health and Wellness Center exceeds the UC Regent’s Policy for Green Building Design and has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. This project also exceeds California Building Standards Code (Title 24) by at least 35%.
The Wellness Garden
Today’s universities are expected to provide nurturing environments that cultivate the “whole student,” fostering not only critical thinking and workforce competitiveness, but also holistic wellbeing. Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind and a tranquil spirit.
The Student Health and Wellness Center’s Wellness Garden plays a role in addressing this expectation by serving as a catalyst for renewal. The Wellness Garden also signifies the campus’ reinvigorated dedication to creating “One UC Davis” community of care.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. The Student Wellness Garden provides a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing outdoor environment to sit, meditate, stroll and reflect.
Upon entry, visitors are welcomed to the garden with a ceramic mural that was designed with student input and involvement and masterfully crafted by renowned local artist Mark Rivera. The sign imagery represents and draws attention to the environment including many of the native California plants and trees growing there, including a majestic heritage oak tree, as well as the living people, animals, birds and insects that pass through the space.
The garden features a broad variety of indigenous plants selected by Student Health and Counseling, UC Davis Facilities Management, Buildings and Grounds and the Davis Arboretum staff for their educational and ornamental value. Consideration was made to incorporate native, wildlife-attracting and drought tolerant plants in the design of the Wellness Garden. Many of the plants in the Wellness Garden are from the UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars, which is a list of eco-friendly plant choices that are recommended for California Gardens.
Visitors stimulate their senses of sight, smell, touch, and taste in the Sensory Garden as they enjoy the plantings of aromatic herbs, tasty fruits, and soft-textured foliage.
Gardeners interested in edible landscaping will find inspiration here. The Harvest Garden offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the benefits and enjoyment of fresh fruit and vegetable consumption. It is a small, well loved, and organically grown garden cared for by Health Education and Promotion student staff and volunteers. Seasonal vegetables, fruits, herbs, and edible flowers thrive in this sunny, productive garden. The Harvest Garden frequently serves as a great demonstration space for teaching about edible gardening.