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Old 07-18-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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I was considering taking courses at CSU Fullerton or CSU Long Beach. I was wondering if there was a good amount of things for a 32 year old adult to do (especially the 25-35 age range).

I will post this question in the Los Angeles section as well after I read the feedback on here.

I am not familiar with Fullerton or Long Beach areas. But from what I seen for apartments they seem to be affordable. All feedback is welcome.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:25 PM
 
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Both are decent college towns with lots to do. LB has a closer proximity to the coast and a greater diversity in lifestyles and entertainment options. Determine which school best meets your educational needs and let that guide your decision as to where to live.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:56 PM
 
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I was considering taking courses at CSU Fullerton or CSU Long Beach. I was wondering if there was a good amount of things for a 32 year old adult to do (especially the 25-35 age range).

I will post this question in the Los Angeles section as well after I read the feedback on here.

I am not familiar with Fullerton or Long Beach areas. But from what I seen for apartments they seem to be affordable. All feedback is welcome.
Fullerton is more of a traditional campus/college state university neighborhood. There are a lot of non traditional students, but many are in their 20s and extended their college years. Fullerton has a lot of good college bars, sports bars, Americana restaurants catering to that crowd. Not too much for young professionals. For most people, that scene gets old by late 20s or even mid 20s (it did for me).

CSU Long Beach is still very much a commuter school (I am guessing you would be a commuter anyway). However, Long Beach is more of a young professional's city, particularly Belmont Shores and Alamitos. Even Downtown Long Beach to an extent. There are more activities than just drinking at the local college sports bar. That area of Long Beach has upscale bars, lounges, clubs, better dining. Long Beach is obviously on the water and you are closer to Seal Beach, which is nice for yong professionals.
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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I heard about LB's air and water quality not being top-notch. CSU LB is ranked a bit higher than CSU Fullerton, and it is also more selective. Also, it is somewhat harder to find a safe apartment in Long Beach. Consider these threads for your reference:

Fullerton vs Long Beach
I might move from Austin, TX to Long Beach? How is Long Beach? Is it a safe area? Gang Problems?
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:13 AM
 
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Having lived in Long Beach for all of my life until 3 years ago and having graduated from CSU Fullerton about 12 years ago and having spent time on the campus of CSU LB, I will give you my opinion.

I'd take CSU LB over CSU Fullerton in a heartbeat. The CSU LB campus is a much nicer, well cared for, nicer neighborhood, air is better and much cooler in the hotter months than CSU Fullerton. CSULB brings in lots more money because of their sports stadium and special programs so it is a more prosperous, better cared for campus.

For two years I commuted to CSU Fullerton from our home that was located down the street from CSU LB. Before going to CSU Fullerton, I attended Long Beach City College and transferred to Fullerton - much cheaper and the Long Beach City College campus is very cool. I chose Fullerton over Long Beach because of my major but if I had to do it again, I'd go to CSU Long Beach.
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