Housing: Will you live on or off campus?


Author: Lauren Fleck

For incoming graduate students in many college towns and communities, finding housing can be a real struggle — but not in South Bend. With approximately 85 percent of Notre Dame’s undergraduate population living on campus for all four years, Notre Dame’s graduate and professional students find that finding a nice, affordable place in our community is a breeze! The Notre Dame community provides students with ample housing options – both on and off campus.

About a third of all law students choose to live in on-campus housing. On campus, Notre Dame offers affordable graduate apartment-style housing options for single students, married students, or families with children. All on-campus graduate student housing is within a 15-minute walk to the Law School.

The main graduate student housing complex is Fischer and O’Hara-Grace, frequently referred to as “FOG.” Single graduate students can apply to live on campus at Fischer or O’Hara-Grace through the Bradley Company website who manages those facilities. The application for those wishing to apply to live in Married or Family Housing (University and Cripe Street Apartments) are available online. Additional information about all on-campus housing options can be found through the Notre Dame Office of Housing website.

For students who prefer to live off campus, there are many apartment options around the periphery of campus or within a short drive. The South Bend community also offers an extremely affordable housing market for the student wanting to buy a home. The Law School even coordinates a site where faculty, alumni, and local property companies can post houses for sale or rent.

Lastly, Notre Dame offers a very unique housing opportunity for our 2L and 3L students. With such a large population of undergraduate students that live on campus, the University hires graduate students to serve as assistant rectors — similar to assistant residence hall directors — to live in and work in the undergraduate residence halls. Approximately 75 percent of all assistant rectors come from the Law School. In addition to being provided with a room and meal plan, assistant rectors receive a substantial salary, and other benefits. You can read the assistant rector position description, as well as learn about the salary, benefits, and hiring process, online.

We encourage you to continue to explore and review your housing options on the admitted student website, through the Insider’s Guide, and on the Class of 2020 Facebook page.