Author: Notre Dame Law School Admissions

Finding a place to live in a city where you don’t have any connections is not easy, but we hope that this list of apartment complexes, ratings, and references will help you track down someplace you will enjoy living during your three years at Notre Dame. Fortunately, housing in the South Bend/Mishawaka area is very affordable, especially if you’re used to living on the East or West Coasts.

We have included off-campus complexes where a lot of law students live and others that seem like they might work for law students. There is one complex we want to warn you about. The Hillcrest Apartment Complex, while close to campus, is not known for being well-maintained. Also beware of Kramer Properties. They rent houses and there have been problems getting returns of security deposits. Caveat emptor (we’re law students — we had to use at least one Latin phrase). Keep in mind that you should verify this information with the landlord or management agency.

Getting Started

Decide what you need out of a living situation before you begin your search. Sit down and ask yourself whether you need to live alone or want to be surrounded by people, do you already have a roommate(s) in mind, what kind of hours you like to keep, what kind of study habits do you have, do you like to cook, do you have a car, how much can you afford to spend, etc. If you know what you want in a place to live, it will be a much smoother process.

Good Luck! The good news is that even if you don’t like your first-year living situation, you’ll probably never be there because it’s first year, and let’s face it, you live at the library! To be totally honest, almost everyone we know is happy with his or her living situation. South Bend is affordable, the people are nice and nothing is too far from campus. So don’t sweat the housing search too much and worry about

If you’re interested in on-campus housing…

The Fischer residences is a graduate student living community at the University of Notre Dame. Living on campus definitely has its advantages. Everything on campus, including the recreational facilities, dining hall, and Law School are within walking distance. It’s a great way to meet other graduate students as a 1L and feel a part of the Notre Dame campus life. There are many social, spiritual, and service options for students living on campus offered by Residence Life. Also, when going out to bars or other activities, living on campus is oftentimes convenient because many 1Ls meet at the graduate housing and take cabs from campus. And during home football weekends, you will be very appreciative of your parking spot at the Fischer residences.

These fully furnished apartments are available for unmarried male or female graduate students and are approximately a 15 minute walk to the Law School. The Fischer residences are professionally managed by Bradley Company on behalf of the University of Notre Dame. If you apply to live in graduate student housing, you will be matched with a roommate from any of the graduate programs, but you can also request a roommate. From our experience, many 1Ls are paired up with other 1Ls. Visit their website or call them at 574-631-8607 to learn more. Please call for current rates.

If you want to live on-campus, submit your application as soon as possible. Note, you must confirm your enrollment with the Admissions Office by returning your seat deposit before you are eligible to submit an application for on-campus housing. For the most part, students are able to obtain graduate housing without a problem, but a waitlist form is available for those who apply late. Keep in contact with the Housing Office if you are on the waitlist and campus housing is your first choice.

If you’re interested in off-campus housing…

As a 1L, there are a few apartment complexes that stand out as more popular than others with law students. They include Indian Lakes, Eddy Street Commons, Main Street Village, and Runaway Bay. Following is information about these apartments and several others.

Autumn Lakes
1109 Hidden Lakes Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46544

  • 1-2 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 690-1020 square feet
    • Approximately $585-760
  • 2-3 Bedroom Townhomes
    • Approximately 1830-2000 square feet
    • $1200-1335

Location: Located just off 331, next to Meijer, very close to shopping and dining. About a 10 minute drive to campus. Built in 2000. Nice, affordable and quite. This complex is a slightly further away from school but traffic is not an issue.

Amenities & Pets: Heat is included in the rent which will save you a lot of money during a South Bend winter. No pets. Washer-dryer units are in each apartment. There is a pool but no exercise room.

Tip: If interested in a 9-month lease, sign a 6-month lease and then go month to month. Extra cost of $20 per month for 6-month lease. Every month thereafter is an additional $20. Autumn Lakes allows you to pro-rate the month of May if you are on a month-to-month lease. Since school usually is over by early May, this can save you roughly $300 to $500. They often run specials offering $300 off your first full month’s rent when signing a one-year lease. Be sure to ask!

Castle Point Apartments
18011 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46637

  • 1-2 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 740-1130 square feet
    • Approximately $550-800

Location: About a 10-15 minute drive.

Amenities & Pets: Apartments are not powered with gas, only electricity, so a winter heating bill can add up. There is a pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, a workout facility, a banquet hall, etc. Cats only with deposit. Each building has a laundry room; No washer/dryers in apartments.

Description: Complex is more than 30 years old and many of the kitchens, bathrooms and appliances as noticeably older. One student said, “Many of the units have been recently renovated with new carpets, paint, kitchen counters, bathrooms and wallpaper (these units are available, but cost more). However, all the units have old (and noisy) appliances. Dishwashers are standard, the kitchens have ample counter space and each unit is wired for cable television in both the living room and the bedroom(s) (cable is not included, however). While each building has a laundry room, there are not many machines in each facility, which can be inconvenient, especially on Saturday and Sunday. Laundry is expensive (depending on which building you live in, you may have to walk outside to do laundry, which can be a big inconvenience in the winter).”

Who Lives There: Students and non-students.

Clover Ridge Apartments
1710 Turtle Creek Drive, South Bend, IN 46637

  • Studio and 1-2 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 255-850 square feet
    • Approximately $650-1000

Location: The closest off-campus housing, it’s still a brisk 15 to 20 minute walk. On the days when you can cut through the athletic fields, you can save another five minutes. By bike, regardless of the whether the athletic fields are open, it’s less than 10 minutes. Incidentally, that’s also about how long it takes if you drive and park in the student parking near the stadium, and then walk from there to the Law School. Any way you look at it, in terms of distance, you won’t find a more convenient off-campus location than this.

Amenities & Pets: The small studio’s higher rent is because for those units, water and electricity are included (plus they have private outdoor patios). Some apartments include water, sewer, trash but not electric. In addition to the plans listed above, there is a larger 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom town house for about $1200 a month. Parking is free, and there is plenty of visitor parking available. Covered parking is available on a month by month basis (meaning you can opt in just for the winter months when you really need it) for $25 a month. There is an outdoor pool and hot tub, beach volleyball court, and free tanning at the nearby Fun Tan. Pets are allowed for an additional monthly charge. Unlike many of the apartment complexes, you can get a 10-month school year lease, instead of a 12 month lease, but you have to ask for it and it may mean a slightly higher monthly rent.

Description: Not bad… some of the kitchen appliances are old, but the apartments themselves don’t feel dated. The maintenance staff is great, there’s a security guard (and at least one of the residents is a police officer), and the management is friendly and helpful.

Who Lives There: The undergraduate hockey team! Well, not just them, but the complex is infamous for being the center of rowdy undergraduate parties. Despite its reputation, however, Clover Village has definitely calmed down in the past few years. You can request a quieter building if you’re concerned about being able to study and, other than on football weekends, students rarely comment on noise from their neighbors. There are a few law students here, and some families, but mostly undergraduates.

The Foundry Lofts & Apartments at Eddy Street Commons
1233 North Eddy Street, South Bend 46617

  • 1-3 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 630-1520 square feet
    • Approximately $650-$1000

Location: Directly across the street from the main entrance, approximately 10-15 minute walk to the Law School.

Amenities & Pets: Dogs under 15 lbs and cats allowed with a $300 deposit, $150 of which is refundable. Water and trash are included in rent. Washer-dryer units in each apartment. 24-hour Fitness center, tanning bed and business center all included. Balconette included with each apartment. Community room with Wii and Xbox systems. Game Room with billiards and foosball 101. Electronic card access to your apartment and amenities. Intrusion alarms on every apartment. Fully equipped kitchens with abundance of cabinets and bar. Exposed brick walls, hardwood style flooring, and 10-foot ceiling. Parking is included in rent.

Description: 12, 18, 24 month leases available. Eddy Street is a “live, work and play” development directly across the street from the main entrance of the University. There are apartments, condos, homes, two hotels, offices, shopping, and restaurants as well as a large parking garage. Currently, Eddy Street houses Chipotle, Hot Box Pizza, Outpost Sports, Five Guys Burger and Fries, Notre Dame Bookstore, Jamba Juice, McAlister’s Deli, Urban Outfitters, Brothers Bar & Grill, Biggby Coffee, Camelia Cosmetics, GNC, Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream, Old National Bank, 7 Eleven, AT&T, Nicholas J. Salon & Spa, O’Rourke’s Public House, The Mark Dine & Tap and Anytime Fitness, with more retail stores to come.

Who Lives There: Currently the development seems overrun by law, MBA, and med school students (not ND), but on game weekends older alumni are seen throughout the complex.

4315 Wimbledon Court, South Bend, IN 46637

  • 1-2 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 820-1100 square feet
    • Approximately $650-1000

Location: Located in a quiet residential area about 1/2 mile north of Cleveland Road. About a seven- minute drive, straight north from campus.

Amenities & Pets: Garage included in rent, but is not attached. Utilities are not included. Apartments are spacious, clean, and well-maintained. Each apartment includes a washer and dryer. All appliances are new. Apartment complex has outdoor swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, and clubhouse. Pets allowed.

Description: Terms of lease: 12, 9, 6, 3 months; $50 dollars extra per month on a 9 month lease. It is close to campus, but you still feel like you are far away from the stress of school. It is surrounded by woods, and has a friendly mixture of residents. Very nice management staff. They offer a 5% monthly discount for Notre Dame students.

Who Lives There: Very few students. Mostly young families and professionals. Not the best place to live if you like throwing late-night parties at your apartment. Those interested in Georgetown may also want to look at Main Street Village Apartments in Granger. For a slightly higher price, Main Street Village offers newer apartments with more amenities.

Indian Lakes Apartments
5726 Seneca Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545

  • 1-2 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 680-990 square feet
    • Approximately $630-810

Location: Just a little over three miles from campus. About a 10-minute drive with traffic.

Amenities & Pets: Washers and dryers included. Water and gas included in rent- this includes heat, which will save a lot of money in winter. Parking is available in front of building, or you can rent a carport for $22/ month. Each apartment has a patio or balcony off the living room with enclosed storage. Walk-in closets are standard. Two entrances on each floor. Third floor apartments have cathedral ceilings. There is a swimming pool open from the end of May to the end of September as well as a basketball court. No pets.

Description: You will never have to drive more than three minutes to get to any major store. Literally right next to Sam’s Club. Blocks from Wal-mart and Target.

Who Lives There: A few law students. Very few undergraduates. Residents comment that they love the noise policy.

Tip: If interested in a 9-month lease, sign a 6-month lease and then go month to month. Extra cost of $30 per month for 6-month lease. Every month thereafter is an additional $20.

Main Street Village
5504 Town Center Drive, Granger, IN 46530

  • 1-3 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 650-1400 square feet
    • Approximately $700-1900

Location: 4 miles – probably about 15 minutes during “rush hour.” It is technically in Granger, but very close to the shopping and restaurants in Mishawaka.

Amenities & Pets: Rent does not include utilities. Recently built. The apartments include washers and dryers. Air conditioning. Each apartment has an alarm system. Curbside garbage pickup. Some apartments have fireplaces in the apartments, and parking attached (included in rent). You can also get detached garage parking for $50/month. Up to two pets allowed (subject to an 85lb per dog weight limit), but require$300 deposit. Business Center. Indoor basketball court, gym, large pool, and sauna and tanning facility. A 10,000-square foot clubhouse with surround-sound theater, carwash and hospitality suites are available for rent for guests (this is especially helpful at graduation).

Who lives There: Young professionals and families. A substantial number of law students live there.

The Overlook at Notre Dame
54721 Burdette Street, South Bend, IN 46637

  • Studio and 1-2 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 300-700 square feet
    • Approximately $800-1000

Location: Located adjacent to the east edge of campus between Twyckenham Drive and Burdette Street.

Amenities & Pets: One-key building & apartment access. Furnished. Video-assisted guest access. Free utilities, WIFI & Cable TV. Collaboration & Meeting Rooms. On-site Eatery. Stacked washer & dryer in each unit. Upscale kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Free Exercise Room. Outside Community Courtyard.

Description: 10 and 12 month leases are available. This is a new complex created specifically to address the need of additional housing options for graduates and professionals.

Who Lives There: Mix of graduate students, post-doctoral employees, faculty, researchers, for fellow staff members of the University. This complex has been very popular with law students.

The Pointe at St. Joseph
307 East LaSalle Ave. South Bend, IN 46617

  • 1-2 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 700-1150 square feet
    • Approximately $850-1160

Location: A quick five-minute drive, two miles south of campus. Wouldn’t bike it, as it takes you through some pretty sketchy neighborhoods. It is bordering downtown South Bend and is very convenient to many popular South Bend bars. Ready access to the river walk and the chase (for kayaking).

Amenities & Pets: Rent does not include gas or electric. It does include water, trash, and sewer. Pets allowed, with $125 refundable deposit. 80lb limit. Washer and dryer in each apartment. Air conditioning. Apartments have all stainless steel appliances. Recently upgraded apartments with new plumbing fixtures, lighting, and countertops. 24-hour fitness center. Outdoor pool with sundeck. Business center, cyber café with free Wi fi and coffee bar. Underground heated parking for some apartments. Scenic location along the St. Joseph River.

Who Lives There: Mix of students and young professionals.

Riverside North Apartments
1643 Riverside Drive, South Bend, IN

  • 1-3 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 700-1410 square feet
    • Approximately $570-890 (price depends on unit and with or without dryer)

Location: Approximately a five-minute drive, about two miles west of campus.

Amenities & Pets: Rent does not include utilities. Residents pay for water and electric. Air conditioning. Dishwasher, compact washer & dryer in each unit. Apartments have a porch/balcony for each unit. Swimming pool. Fitness center. Carports and garages can be rented month to month (especially for the winter). Pets accepted but there are breed restriction. Across the street from the new South Bend Riverwalk. Older (built in 1966). Discount for ND students.

Description: 6, 9 or 12 month leases available.

Who Lives There: Mainly families and elderly residents, with only a handful of law students living there and seemingly no undergraduates around.

Runaway Bay
302 Runaway Bay Circle, Mishawaka, IN 46545

  • 1-2 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 675-1000 square feet
    • Approximately $630-775

Location: About a ten minute drive to campus – just west of Edison on Grape Road, near the shopping and restaurants in Mishawaka.

Amenities & Pets: Rent includes water, sewer, and trash. Residents pay for gas and electricity. Air conditioning. Almost every unit has a fireplace and balcony. Most have laundry hook-ups with the option to rent a washer and dryer (this is where they get you, though at $40-a-month). If you prefer to use this room for storage space, a public washer and dryer is available for every twelve units. Clubhouse. Fitness room. Hot tub and sauna. Outdoor pool. Two tennis/basketball courts and a volleyball court. There are optional carports and garages. Pets are allowed, two per apartment, the only limit is no aggressive breeds ($20 pet fee and $200 pet deposit).

Description: Students have commented that the walls can be thin and that the office and maintenance staff are great.

Stadium Club
18127 Bulla Road, South Bend, IN 46637

  • 2 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 1000 square feet
    • Approximately $800

Location: About a 15 minute walk to campus.

Amenities & Pets: Rent includes water, sewer, and trash, broadband service, gas and the 1st $50 of your monthly electric bill. Air conditioning. Washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator/freezer. Large deck or balcony. Officer on Property. Volleyball court. Picnic area with grills. VIP card for tenants, giving great discounts at local businesses. Limited number of 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom units.

Description: New complex by Bradley Company. Rent is per apartment, not per person. Second story apartments have vaulted ceilings.

University Park Apartments
5630 University Park Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545

  • 1-3 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 700-1200 square feet
    • Approximately $715-1100

Location: About a ten minute drive to campus – just west of Edison on Grape Road, near the shopping and restaurants in Mishawaka.

Amenities & Pets: Rent includes water, sewer and trash, but not gas or electric. Parking is free in front of your building or you can pay $15/month to rent a carport. Air Conditioning. 24-hour coin laundry available on property. There are washer/dryer connections available in the townhouses: you can install your own or rent from the management. Tennis court. Outdoor pool. Dog park and several playgrounds for children. All first floor units and townhomes have fenced-in yards, second floor apartments have balconies. Outdoor storage closet for all units. You can have two pets in first floor units and townhomes, with no weight limit. On the second floor, you can have one dog up to 25lbs. The pet fee is $15/ month with a refundable $200 deposit or $300 for two pets. No pit bulls or other breeds requiring a vicious dog license. ND graduate students receive a $20/month discount on rent as well as a reduced security deposit of $25.

Description: Everything is in good condition and the management is responsive and professional. The apartments are nice and the appliances are updated on a regular basis.

Who Lives There: Graduate students, both married and single, some children.

Williamsburg on the Lake
302 Village Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545

  • 1-3 Bedroom Apartments
    • Approximately 700-1900 square feet
    • Approximately $620-1100

Location: About a 10-15 minute drive. Located on Main Street, about five minutes from the shopping and restaurants in Mishawaka.

Amenities & Pets: Rent includes gas, water, sewer, and trash. You can also rent a carport for $15/month on a month to month basis. Air conditioning. There are 24-hour/day coin laundry facilities on the property. The townhouses have washer/dryer connections, so you can install your own or rent from the management company for $28/month. Outdoor pool, fitness center, tennis court. You can have up to two pets. Two dogs cannot exceed a combined weight of 100 pounds. There is a deposit of $200 for one dog, $300 for two dogs, and a fee of $15 per month.

Description: 3, 6, 9, 10 or 12 month leases available. You know you’re not an undergrad anymore when you move into an apartment like this. The apartments are very well kept and spacious. Manager Gene Glick is known for taking great care of his properties and his renters. There is a strictly enforced noise policy, so don’t live here if you like to play your electric guitar. $20 a month discount for students. No security deposit.

Who Lives There: According to their leasing office, there are a lot of law students at Williamsburg, but not many undergraduates. The management said their tenants range from single, married and married with small children.

We also recommend that you look online. Some suggested websites are:

  • http://www.realst8.com (search by South Bend and Notre Dame University campus)
  • www.apartmentguide.com (Click search apartments by state, once you select IN, both Mishawaka and South Bend are listed)
  • http://www.apartmentratings.com
  • http://rentlikeachampion.com

Renters Insurance
The homeowner’s (or commercial property owner’s) insurance policy that covers the physical dwelling you are renting generally does not cover your possessions inside of the building. A renter’s insurance policy (also known as a tenant’s insurance policy) provides protection for your personal property, such as furniture or electronic equipment, in case of perils like fire, theft, or wind damage from a tornado. Coverage often includes liability protection, which covers damages as a result of unintentional bodily injury or property damage to another person. The University has established a personal property insurance program through Haylor Freyer and Coon (see http://www.haylor.com/ for more information). However, you can generally obtain renter’s insurance through your or your parent’s insurer. Many popular insurers offer renter’s insurance. Some apartment complexes may also offer renter’s insurance and will add it to the monthly cost of rent.