Animal Science Advising Center

Horse Barn

Barn Residency Program

This program is an amazing opportunity for students to “live-In” at one of the 9 animal facilities on campus. In exchange for approximately 10 hours of work per week, you will receive free rent for one year, and potentially a second year (re-application is necessary).

The animal facilities which have either private or shared rooms available in exchange for animal care are:

  • Dairy Barn
  • Swine Barn
  • Horse Barn
  • Sheep Barn
  • Beef Barn
  • Feedlot
  • Feed mill
  • Hopkins Avian Facility
  • Goat Barn

Applications are typically released during Winter Quarter. If you are a current UC Davis student, and are interested in applying for any of the residency positions, applications can be found in the Animal Science Advising Center in 1202 Meyer Hall.

Criteria For Selection

If you are interested in participating in the Barn Residency Program, please review the following criteria to determine the strength of your application:

  1. Must be a Currently Enrolled UC Davis Student
  2. Applicants Should be Enrolled in Animal-Oriented Majors*
  3. Applicants Must Have Appropriate Animal Experience
  4. Applicants Must be willing to Work Holidays, Weekends and Evenings
  5. Applicants Must Possess a Valid California Driver’s License
  6. Applicants Must be Able to Lift a Bale of Hay

*Priority will be given to currently enrolled students in the Animal Science, Animal Science and Management and Agricultural and Environmental Education Majors.

If you have any questions about this program come visit the Animal Science Advising Center in 1202 Meyer Hall, email us at, or call us at 530-754-7915.