Local Atmosphere

Long Beach, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,710 ($6,052)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Our school is located near the beach which is amazing for college students. There are a lot of parks nearby with little lakes and ponds. There are several shopping centers and malls surrounding the school. Everyone in the town is friendly and kind. The culture is very diverse. Safety is a priority in the city, there are always police patrolling and the atmosphere always feels safe.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a great place to be if you want don't want to feel like you're going somewhere completely remote from everything else. Long Beach is a very big city and requires maturity to live in to make sure you are safe. I learned a lot from being in this local atmosphere and highly suggest this area for people who want to live in the city in the future.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town around the school caters to us college students and we get free transportation.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Pretty simple for a big city, but it does have some perks of being by the beach.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There's not much immediately by campus but since it's a commuter school and students don't mind driving a lot, many student consider the surrounding cities from Irvine to LA to be a part of the local atmosphere and once you include those places there is a large amount of things to do. The possibilities become endless


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Arnesha Allen
Compton, Calif.
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Long Beach is a very comfortable, laid-back, and amazing city. The favorite place for students to visit is the beach. Many students love relaxing in the cool Cali breeze and sunshine, catching waves and having fun with friends. This kind of weather is almost year-round, so students are always at the beach. Downtown Long Beach is a great hangout spot, located off Pine Avenue. Gameworks and the Aquarium of the Pacific are also located in this area, and these places are very entertaining. Belmont Shore is also a cool place not too far away from campus. There are many shops and eateries around town, too. Seventh Street is jam-packed with fun places to go like The Pike; there is also the Museum of Latin American Art nearby. And, plus, Los Angeles is not too far away, either (without traffic, about 30 minutes). Some students also find themselves in Lakewood, Huntington, Newport Beach, and in Orange County, as well.

CSULB has a great location. If students want a calm, serene experience, there are definitely areas and places to go, like coffee shops, museums, and bookstores. On the other hand, there is a plethora of places where students can grab a bite to eat, go shopping, or just relax! Students don't complain about the liveliness of the town. Being so close to Los Angeles, there is always something to do and somewhere to go. Students can drive, walk, or take the bus to wherever, and it's easy to look up interesting places on the Internet.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Long Beach is home of the Aquaruim of the Pacific, a very popular attraction where there are around 12,500 animals to view.
  2. One of the world's largest ports is located on the Port of Long Beach.
  3. Jotham Bixby is known as "the father of Long Beach."
  4. The Toyota Grand Prix, a popular racing event, runs through popular city sites, including Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pike at Rainbow Harbor, and Aquarium of the Pacific.
Local Slang
  • LB: Long Beach
  • PCH: Pacific Coast Highway
  • Up the coast: Somewhere down PCH
Points of Interest
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Downtown Long Beach
  • Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
  • Lake Merritt
  • Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
Shopping Centers
  • Archstone City Place
  • Marina Pacifica Mall
  • Parkview Village
  • Shoreline Village
Movie Theaters
AMC Pine Square 16
245 Pine Ave.
Long Beach
(562) 435-4262
Movie Theaters
Art Theater
2025 E. Fourth St.
Long Beach
(562) 438-5435
Movie Theaters
Cinemark at The Pike
99 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach
(562) 435-5754
Movie Theaters
Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26
7501 E. Carson Blvd.
Long Beach
(562) 429-3321
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Angels: MLB
  • Anaheim Mighty Ducks: NHL
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Galaxy: Major league soccer
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Sparks: WNBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 30 minutes
  • San Diego: CA: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 176 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 170 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 16% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 19% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 61% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 170 responses

  • 17% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 48% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 169 responses

  • 10% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 36% Totally.


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