Introduction to South Bend


Why South Bend?

As a student, it can be easy to be stuck inside the “Notre Dame bubble.” We have everything we would ever need right on campus: two dining halls, restaurants, cafes, fitness facilities, a health center, and countless dorm activities. There’s seemingly no reason to ever leave.

But, there’s more to Notre Dame than the things on campus itself. We’re fortunate to be a part of a growing and vibrant community. South Bend itself is undergoing a massive facelift. Compared to when I first drove through South Bend just five years ago to visit campus, the city has changed so much in such a short period of time. New restaurants and shops are popping up every month in a rejuvenated and walkable downtown, offering students a reprieve from the repetitive meals at the dining hall.

Go to the nation’s newest national park at the Indiana Dunes for hiking trails and a day at the beach. Catch a ball game at Four Winds Field or an evening show at the Morris Performing Arts Center. Get food and listen to live music on First Fridays and find your favorite cafe study spot in the city!

We hope this Adventure Guide gives you a glimpse into the many things that Notre Dame students can do outside of campus. Especially when you need a break from the everyday routine on campus, you’ll find that the South Bend area and Northern Indiana has something for everyone!

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