Community Connections

What is it like to live and work in the Notre Dame area?


New faculty and staff answer that question every year as they join the Notre Dame family. You’ll find that we treasure our community—one with deep and diverse traditions that are continually energized by the promise of fresh ideas.

See how you can enjoy the advantages of life in a livable, affordable environment accessible to a multitude of amenities sure to match your preferences. Enjoy them with a University community where a sense of belonging and engagement may be the most cherished feature of all. With many affordable neighborhoods, award winning school systems and of course world-class sporting and entertainment options, there is literally something for everyone here.

Can you see yourself here? We think you can.

Community Commitment

Eddy Street Commons, Innovation Park, and the Indiana University Medical School-South Bend demonstrate how Notre Dame, local governments and other Indiana resources are embracing the 21st century through productive partnerships. We understand that Notre Dame cannot be successful in fulfilling its mission if it is not part of a vibrant community. Read more


Whatever residential lifestyle you’re seeking, you can find it within walking distance or an easy drive from the Notre Dame campus. From urban contemporary to National Register historic, suburban subdivisions to waterfront town homes, maintenance-free villas to multi-acre estates, the region has developed an eclectic mix of housing and neighborhoods that reflects both its multicultural past and its forward-looking present. Read more


The region around Notre Dame includes a broad range of elementary and secondary education choices, with public, private and parochial schools that, among other things, have won numerous U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbons. Read more

Entertainment and Culture

In addition to the cultural and recreational attractions you’ll find on campus, such as the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Snite Museum, Notre Dame is surrounded by a region proud to display and celebrate its rich history and cultural diversity. It’s also within easy reach of Chicago’s attractions and Lake Michigan. Opportunities abound for enjoyable entertainment and cultural enrichment for adults, children and the whole family. Read more

Resources for Families

The South Bend/Notre Dame community offers an abundance of programs that specialize in dealing with families. Our community values quality of life and as offers many resources to assist you in a variety of different way. The South Bend/Notre Dame community offers educational, developmental and physical programs for all ages and sizes, interests and abilities. Read more


Hungry? Looking to find a place to eat off-campus? The South Bend/Mishawaka area offers an abundance of great restaurants and cafés to satisfy your stomach’s cravings. From tasty Thai food to classic American cheeseburgers, whether you are looking for a restaurant for the family or a romantic dinner with that special someone, the areas surrounding Notre Dame have it all. Read more

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