Whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer student or just don’t know the campus well, our fellow Long Beach State peers are here to help with their personal recommendations of their favorite spots to decompress, hang out and study on campus.
Brianna Hernandez, a third-year business finance major, stated that her “favorite location is the massage chairs at the USU third floor because it’s a perfect place to just sit back and unwind during a stressful week. It’s very easy to make a reservation. You could even be walking in the direction of the USU and then open up the app and see if anything’s available. You can reserve it right then, walk over there, and get a 20 minute massage on a chair. It’s just really nice.”
You can reserve a massage chair for free on the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SWRC) Go app through the Beach Balance widget. The University Student Union (USU) hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Samantha Soto, a first-year environmental science and policy major, says that her favorite spot on campus “would be the surrounding areas around the Vivian Engineering Center. I think it’s a nice quiet location and usually doesn’t get too crowded so I could find some quiet areas to study.”
The Vivian Engineering Center is located east side of the lower campus next to the Outpost Grill.
Kaidence Stowers, a second-year 3D animation major, said that his favorite spot on campus “would probably be the bookstore because it’s basically the center of the school and I’m still trying to learn to get used to the campus. I’m a second year but this is my first year on campus. Basically, it helps me to find where I’m at, so if I get lost, I can always go back there.”
The University Bookstore is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ariana Fahri, a third-year biology major, stated that the Student Recreation and Wellness Center is her favorite spot for many reasons. “I love the SRWC because it’s a great place to work out, experiment with a bunch of fitness classes, swim, and study by the Shake Smart. After a long day of classes, I like to come here to unwind and do what I’m in the mood for,” she said.
The two-story SWRC facility contains weights and cardio equipment, an indoor track, a three-court gym, racquetball courts, multiple activity rooms, rock climbing wall, swimming pool, smoothie shop, and so much more.
Jaclyn Nguyen, a first-year undeclared student, said that her “favorite spot is the University Student Union because of all the different floors. The first floor has a movie theater, pool tables, a bowling alley and air hockey. It’s also a study spot too. Then there’s also food courts, like hey, if you’re hungry, you can go through it and then go back to your studying.”
Students, faculty, and guests can access these facilities on the first and second floor of the USU. Rates for the entertainment options are posted on their website under “Games Center.”