Basic Needs

Location: University Student Union (USU) 112 
Case Manager Appointments Location: Lib 011 (Ground Floor)
Phone: 562-985-2038 
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Welcome to the Basic Needs Program at Cal State Long Beach, where we are dedicated to supporting our students' well-being by ensuring access to essential resources. We understand that thriving academically means having basic needs met, so we offer a range of services and resources to help students succeed both inside and outside the classroom. From food and housing security to financial wellness support, we are here to help you navigate college life with confidence and peace of mind.


Basic needs are the conditions necessary to survive and thrive. This includes:  

  • Food Security: Access to nutritious and sufficient food 
  • Housing Stability: Secure and stable housing 
  • Financial Wellness: Ability to manage finances and meet financial obligations 
  • Healthcare: Access to affordable and quality healthcare services 
  • Childcare: Affordable and reliable childcare options 
  • Clothing: Adequate clothing for various weather conditions, social and work settings 

If you answer yes to any of these questions, please use our Referral Form to speak with a case manager.  

  • In the last 12 months, did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn’t enough money for food? Y/N   
  • In the last 12 months, has the electric, gas, oil, or water company threatened to shut off your services in your home? Y/N  
  • Are you worried that in the next 2 months, you may not have stable housing? Y/N  
  • Do problems getting childcare make it difficult for you to work or study? Y/N   
  • In the last 12 months, have you needed to see a doctor, but could not because of cost? Y/N  
  • In the last 12 months, have you been worried about food, housing or finances and it has gotten in the way of your academic performance? Y/N