With 250,000 residents in South Bend and the surrounding communities, the area is much more vibrant than many people realize. Downtown South Bend is less than two miles from campus and can be reached by a short bus, cab, car or bike ride. The city center offers the Morris Performing Arts Center , the College Football Hall of Fame , the Northern Indiana Center for History , and many local shops and restaurants. Students even cheer on our own minor league baseball team, the South Bend Silverhawks, especially when admission to Coveleski Stadium is only $1.
Mishawaka, a town immediately adjacent to South Bend and only 10 minutes from campus is home to the student favorite University Park Mall, as well as to a multitude of chain retail outlets, discount stores, and a variety of restaurants. Whether you’re in need of a shower caddy, formal dress, or winter boots, Grape Road is the place to go. Buses from campus or upperclassmen in possession of a vehicle will be happy to take you there!
Town and Country
Although located in the Midwest, Notre Dame isn’t exactly surrounded by cornfields but neither is it in the center of skyscrapers. If the campus lakes and trails don’t sate your appetite for the great outdoors, the beaches of Lake Michigan are less than an hour’s drive away. In the winter students often sled at St. Patrick’s Park, just a few miles from campus. If however, you need a taste of the big city life, Chicago is only 90 miles away, with South Shore trains running daily from the South Bend airport to downtown Chicago where you’ll find the Art Institute of Chicago and the Magnificent Mile.