Langara College courses and programs were first offered in 1965 at King Edward Centre as part of Vancouver City College. The current site at West 49th Avenue has housed the programs since 1970. Langara College was established as an independent public college under the Provincial College and Institute Act on April 1, 1994.

Langara College Continuing Studies, established in 1997 and honoured for excellence in 2002 by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), an international association of lifelong learning, continues to enjoy tremendous growth and success.

In the early 1990s, a Facility Master Planning exercise clearly outlined that the College was being utilized at a rate that exceeded Ministry standards. In January 1997, a new classroom and office building was opened to address the space needs on the campus, and in September 2007, the new Library/Classroom building opened its doors.