COVID-19 FAQ for International Students and Visiting Scholars

International Education & Global Engagement
  • UPASS Program (TAP Card)

    CSULB has partnered with Long Beach Transit to offer the U-PASS TAP Card Program, which provides free transit on all Long Beach Transit buses to eligible students

    When can I ride LBT for free?

    Study Abroad @ the Beach students are eligible to ride all Long Beach Transit (LBT) buses for free starting on the start date of their program (Orientation) under the CSULB UPASS (TAP card) program.

    Obtaining TAP Cards

    To obtain your U-PASS TAP card, visit the Cashier’s Office located on the 1st floor of Brotman Hall, Mon. – Fri., 9AM to 5PN. You must present your CSULB ID card to receive your TAP Card.

    To use your TAP card simply tap the card on the TAP mobile validator and wait for the sound and screen that notifies you to proceed to your seat when you board a LBT bus.

    How do I use my TAP card?

    Your CSULB bus pass comes loaded on a TAP card. TAP cards are heavy plastic cards with a smart chip inside. The smart chip holds your CSULB bus pass. When you board an LBT bus, you will simply tap your TAP card on the TAP mobile validator. Wait for the sound and screen that notifies you to proceed, and then take a seat and you are on your way.

    LBT Transit Buses to and from Campus

    Where can I ride LBT using a CSULB bus pass?

    LBT serves Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, as well as parts of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Los Alamitos, Norwalk, Paramount, and Seal Beach. To view the full LBT map, click the following link: LBT Transit Map.

    Replacing TAP Cards

    A fee will be charged to replace a lost or discarded TAP card. TAP cards can be obtained at the Cashier’s Office at BH-148, Mon. – Fri. from 9AM to 5 PM.

    Student cards are not active during times that they are not enrolled in classes during upcoming semesters. Students who are not enrolled in the Winter/Summer sessions will have a deactivated TAP Card.

    Campus Shuttles

    Off-Campus Shuttle

    CSULB will provide an Off-Campus Shuttle service to the high-density student area located near Los Coyotes Diagonal and Stearns Street. This is an area that has been identified as being without easy, direct access to LB Transit bus service to campus.

    The shuttle is FREE to all currently enrolled students, as well as faculty and staff members with valid CSULB ID.

    Monday to Thursday, 7:15AM – 11PM

    Shuttles will arrive every 15 minutes. Full shuttle schedule with locations listed below:

    A. Stearns Street/Los Coyotes Diagonal — 12, 27, 42, 57 minutes past the hour
    B. Ferro Street/Los Coyotes Diagonal — 0, 15, 30, 45 minutes past the hour
    C. Garford Street/Park Avenue — 2, 17, 32, 47 minutes past the hour
    D. Brotman Hall (CSULB) — 3, 18, 33, 48 minutes past the hour

    Beachside Shuttle

    Beachside shuttles run from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays (except Friday when shuttles stop running at 11 p.m.) and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles run continuously every 15 to 20 minutes on weekdays before 7 p.m. and every 40 minutes after 7 p.m. and on weekends. Shuttle frequency may be affected by adverse traffic or weather conditions. Priority seating is offered to Beachside residents with valid Beachside ID sticker.

    On Campus Shuttles

    The university provides complimentary shuttle service around the campus. The shuttles run on compressed natural gas which produce 30% less emissions than standard diesel shuttles. The shuttles are a great way to get around campus, reduce your carbon footprint and alleviate the need to drive.

    East Loop shuttles run north and south along the east side of campus.
    West Loop shuttles run north and south along the west side of campus.
    Both East/West Loops run every 15 minutes from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
    The All Campus Tripper shuttle runs in a clockwise direction around the entire CSULB campus. The Tripper runs continuously every 15 minutes from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. pm Friday.
    All shuttles operate during fall and spring semesters only. Shuttles will not run on days when the university is closed.

    Click here for more information on CSULB Shuttles. Real-time GPS tracking of the shuttles and occupancy levels can be accessed via the CSULB Mobile App under “Transportation,” or by visiting

    LA Metro

    For students who would prefer taking public transportation to Los Angeles, please refer to the following basics in riding with Los Angeles Metro.

    How to Ride

    The first step in riding Los Angeles Metro is to decide your starting point, your destination, and the day and time you want to travel. To simplify that information, use the Metro Trip Planner, and you’ll get a customized itinerary of your trip in seconds, telling you what line to take, where to board, and where to exit and fees.

    LA Metro System Map

    Paying Your Fare

    Metro’s base fare is $1.75. You can pay cash each time you board a Metro bus (bus operators don’t carry change, so you’ll need exact fare) or buy and add value to a reusable TAP card from TAP vending machines.

    All fares can be pre-paid by loading a pass or Stored Valued (cash) on a TAP card and then tapping each time you board. On buses you can also pay for a single ride with a token or cash using exact change.

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