As a Notre Dame student, you'll find a home away from home both on and off campus. Adjacent to South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame is interwoven with the surrounding community—and we couldn't be prouder of our hometown.  

Get to know the South Bend area, where we live, work, and play. Better yet, plan a visit

Students dine al fresco in Eddy Street Commons

Good Eats 

You don't have to be a foodie to appreciate a good meal. Lucky for us, there are hundreds of stellar restaurants in Michiana (oh, that's the term for the region of Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan where Notre Dame is located). Eddy Street Commons, which is walkable from the residence halls, features nine eateries including O'Rourke's pub and Yats' cajun creole food.

Check out Chicory Cafè in downtown South Bend if the New Orleans coffee house is your thing, or head out to the west side of town for authentic Mexican food. Taco Tuesday, anyone?

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Morris Performing Arts Center

Great Venues 

See a movie, catch Wicked while it's in town, or enjoy some live music. Our performance venues include Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend, which attract international acts and artists.

You can find live music in our area any night of the week, like a periodic all-ages Punk and Pizza night, jazz ensembles, and acoustic guitar. Karaoke nights abound.

Check out this list of upcoming performances. 

South Bend River Lights

Cultural Attractions

Step back in time at the Studebaker museum or the Center for History. Visit the Potawatomi Zoo or the South Bend Museum of Art, just minutes away from campus. During baseball season, you can take in a South Bend Cubs game. If you're feeling artsy, get your craft on at Make South Bend and The Pigeon and the Hen Pottery.

Walk downtown to see the river lights or, check out First Fridays, when all of South Bend comes out to play. All of our cultural venues hold events throughout the year, including art openings, classes, and tours.  

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East Race Rafting

The Great Outdoors 

Looking for more of an adventure? Chicago is 90 miles away and the beaches of Lake Michigan are even closer. You can raft on the East Race or hike, bike, or innertube at one of our awesome local parks.

If you're a runner, we've got races. You can also canoe, snowshoe, cross-country ski, and disc golf in our area.    

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