Not only do you need to worry about paying for tuition fees and textbooks, as a student you also need to take care of living costs, such as transportation, housing, childcare, food, and sometimes emergencies that come up. While LBCC doesn’t have all of the answers, the college does provide some resources to help and can also connect you to community resources that support our students.
TRANSPORTATION—GETTING TO AND FROM CAMPUSES
LAC – PCC Campus Shuttle
Have classes on both campuses, or just need to get from one campus to the other? No problem. The Viking Voyager runs regularly between the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC) and the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC), as well as from the Veterans Memorial Stadium Parking Lot to the north side of LAC. You can take the shuttle for free for the first two weeks of the semester and then can ride for free after that with your College Services Card.
Long Beach Transit TAP Student Bus Pass
If you’re traveling to the college with public transportation, Long Beach Transit offers a reduced-fare student Transit Access Pass. LBT Student TAPs are $40/month (much better than the usual $65/month!). You can purchase a LBT Student TAP at the Cashier’s window or at the Viking Bookstores. Learn more about the LBT Student TAP here.
ZAP-176 LB Transit Line
ZAP-176 is part of Long Beach Transit’s regular service and runs between Technology Park/Villages at Cabrillo via Pacific Coast Highway, linking the Liberal Arts Campus and Pacific Coast Campus as well as the Long Beach Airport and the Metro Blue Line. Route 176 is a “ZAP” service that has fewer stops, resulting in faster travel times. Click here to see the ZAP-176 schedule.
GRABBING A SNACK TO FOCUS OR FINDING A MEAL
FREE Over the Counter Nutrition
Need something small to eat to help you focus on your studies? The Student Health Centers at both campuses provide what we call free “over-the-counter” (OTC) nutrition, like protein bars and other small snacks. Stop by and say hi—it’s that easy! LAC-Building A-Room 1010, or PCC-Building GG-Room 117.
Food Banks and Local Hot Meals
Long Beach is home to dozens of churches and community organizations that provide hot meals and food pantries to students, children, and adults who experience food insecurity on a regular basis. We work closely with these providers to make these services available to students. Click here to see a map of all food services in Long Beach, or call us at (562) 938-3992 to have one of our Student Health Center staff help you make a plan.
Cal Fresh for Students
California just made it easier for students to access Cal Fresh, a state program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to stay healthy. Click here to learn more about Cal Fresh, or call us at (562) 938-3992 to have one of our Student Health Center staff help you apply.
MANAGING HOUSING AND YOUR HEALTH
Student Health Centers
Our Student Health Centers have a team of dedicated professionals who provide confidential health care services to LBCC students at both the Liberal Arts Campus and the Pacific Coast Campus. We provide primary care services including urgent care, urinary tract infection (UTI) testing, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infections (STI), birth control counseling, stop smoking/substance abuse education, over-the-counter medication, and healthcare referrals, all for FREE. We also provide immunizations, physical exams, blood testing, prescription discounts, and outpatient laboratory testing for a small fee. In addition, we provide mental wellness services, including a mental health clinician on staff. Click here (https://www.lbcc.edu/student-health-services) to learn more or contact us at (562) 938-4210.
LBCC Locker Room Showers
Need some place to take a shower and freshen up? All students can access the locker rooms at both the Liberal Arts Campus and the Pacific Coast Campus anytime during regular operating hours. The Student Health Centers also have limited shower supplies if needed. For a map of the locker room locations and the operating hours, click here.
Community Housing Resources
Looking for a place to live, and considering sharing a room or a house? Need to find an emergency shelter or subsidized housing? The Student Health Center’s LBCConnects Program can help! Click here to see a map of all housing resources in Long Beach, or call us at (562) 938-3992 to have one of our Student Health Center staff help you make a plan.
Veterans’ Military Housing Benefits
Students using the GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation may be entitled to a monthly allowance for housing or housing stipend. There are also multiple resources in the Long Beach and Greater Los Angeles area that are designed to assist veterans with short-term and long-term housing. The Veteran Services Office (VSO) provides transition counseling for veterans with housing needs. Contact the Veteran Services Office at (562) 938-4162 or LAC-Building E-Room 08L (bottom floor) for more information or to schedule an appointment with a transition counselor.
LBCC Child Development Centers
Need child care while you are in class? The Child Development Centers at the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC) and Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) provide quality preschool classes and childcare services from 7am – 5:30pm Monday through Friday for children ages 2-5. Priority registration is given to students who need child care while they attend classes; children must attend at least two days each week and may be enrolled for up to 10 hours per day. Click here to learn more.
Childcare for CalWORKs and CARE Student Participants
Are you a parent with young children and receiving public assistance (Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) or cash aid)? Both the CalWORKs and the CARE programs can provide you with support for child care. Click here to learn more.
Community Childcare Resources
Need more childcare options? The Student Health Center’s LBCConnects Program works closely with local organizations to provide additional support for students. Click here to see a map of all childcare resources in Long Beach, or call us at (562) 938-3992 to have one of our Student Health Center staff help you make a plan.
EXPERIENCING AN EMERGENCY?
Community Crisis Resources
Life can throw us challenges, and sometimes we all need a little help. The Student Health Center’s LBCConnects Program works closely with local organizations to provide additional support for students. Click here to see a map of all crisis resources in Long Beach, or call us at (562) 938-3992 to have one of our Student Health Center staff help you make a plan.
Student Emergency Fund
Are you experiencing an emergency? While we unfortunately don’t have enough resources to solve every problem, the Long Beach City College Foundation does have some limited funds to help students out for one-time emergencies. You can learn more about the Student Emergency Fund here.