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California State University, Long Beach
With perhaps one of the most enticing nicknames of any university, California State University at Long Beach is also known as The Beach, and is consistenyl recognized as one of America's Best Value colleges by The Princeton Review. The Beach has a large and diverse student body of almost 40,000 souls.
Tourist Mecca Without the Tourists
Fortunately for those about to move to Long Beach, it is centrally located to just about all the traditional tourism spots in California, without being overrun by tourists. The area is focused more on industry and residential than tourism activities.
Walk ... But Not Too Far
The area around Cal State Long Beach is quite walkable, scoring 80 out of 100. At school, you're right on top of some great coffee shops, parks and fitness centers, and located close to grocery stores and restaurants also. However, once you get past the initial surrounds Cal State Long Beach is quite close to industrial parks and an army base, so unless you plan to spend your life at school you may want transport!
Neighborhoods Around The Beach
Bixby Knolls is one of the neighborhoods closest to college, and Signal Hill as well as Belmont Heights also offer diverse housing options for students. Belmont Heights is busier, and also has a higher average income. And you know what that does to apartment prices! Bixby Knolls neighborhood is both closer, cheaper and less busy.
Apartments and Housing in Long Beach
Typically of California, apartments and rentals start at quite high prices in Long Beach. Your housing budget will need to be at least $700 for an apartment, and prices climb quite rapidly to around $900 per month.
Sunny California's Dining and Nightlife in Long Beach
California is home to America's second largest city - but it seems that not much of the LA nightlife scene slips over into Long Beach. If you're looking for true diversity on the weekends, you might head into LA. Everyday nightlife in Long Beach is a little more subdues, with the most highly recommended venues places like Viento y Agua Coffee House and Gallery, Joe Jost's Dive Bar and Sandwiches.
You'll never go hungry at CSULB though, with a great selection of dining venues on each corner of the college block. The Nugget Grill and Pub, The Beach Walk Café, Rascals Teriyaki Grill and Pizzamania are always filled with students during term time.
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Map & Local Information
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Is Long Beach a town where I'll need a car to get to work?
It would be very possible to get to work without a car. Long Beach is on the southern end of the Blue LIne Metro route so you can get to downtown L.A. in no time and connects to other areas from there. There's also local bus service as well as Amtrak bus shuttle. The water taxi is super cool if you happen to work on that route.
What would an ideal weekend be like in Long Beach?
A weekend in Long Beach revolves around the outdoors. Take a morning cruise down the shoreline pedestrian bike path, followed up by a round of golf at Skylinks Golf Course or a trip to the City Beach. Then head over to Shoreline Village and enjoy everything from shopping and dining to strolling along the boardwalk and taking a ride on the carousel. Soak up some culture at the Long Beach Museum of Art or the Museum of Latin American Art, or bring the kids along to the breathtaking Aquarium of the Pacific. After the sun sets, head over to the trendy Pine Avenue district to check out the local retailers and dining establishments.
What's the weather like in Long Beach?
Long Beach has a moderate Mediterranean climate. The average temperature in January, the coldest month, is 54 degrees F, while temperatues in July, the hottest month, hover around 73 degrees F. Fog occurs frequently during the summer months, developing overnight and covering the area on many mornings. However, this fog usually lifts by the afternoon and often seques into a sea breeze, keeping temperatures mild. Most rain falls during the winter months.
Do most people in Long Beach rely on public transportation?
Probably not. In contrast to most of Southern California, Long Beach has a decent public transportation. Local public transit is provided by Long Beach Transit, which operates 38 bus routes throughout Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill. Long Beach Transit also operates the Passport mini shuttle routes, which carry passengers to various points of interest in town. The LA Metro operates at the county level and provides service from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles via the Metro Blue Line, where connections can be made to other destinations.