The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, left, and the Main Building's Golden Dome define the University of Notre Dame's skyline.
The heart of campus
Notre Dame students enjoy spring weather on South Quad.
The University of Notre Dame is widely regarded as one of America's most beautiful college campuses, and Notre Dame Law School is located in the heart of it.
With grassy, tree-lined quads, Collegiate Gothic architecture, two on-campus lakes, and nationally recognized landmarks like our Main Building's Golden Dome, Notre Dame provides an idyllic and inspiring setting for learning and growth.
The Law School's location at the center of Notre Dame's campus enables law students to participate fully in the academic and social life of the University. From performing arts to cooking classes and quiet lakeside trails to noisy sports venues, Notre Dame offers a wide variety of services and facilities to enrich students' lives beyond the classroom.
High quality, low cost
Eddy Street Commons, located across Angela Boulevard from the University, includes restaurants and stores as well as apartments.
The University of Notre Dame is located right next to South Bend, Indiana — a diverse city that's big enough to provide everything you need without the traffic and high costs of a major metropolitan area. In fact, because of South Bend's relatively low cost of living, Notre Dame Law students are able to enjoy a very nice quality of life during their years here.
Notre Dame offers on-campus graduate student housing that is a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Law School. Many off-campus housing options are available nearby in South Bend and the surrounding community.
The view of South Bend from Notre Dame's campus has changed dramatically in the past decade since Eddy Street Commons was built across Angela Boulevard from the University. Eddy Street Commons houses a variety of retail stores, restaurants, and apartments, and serves as a gateway between campus and the city.
Downtown South Bend, and several other city neighborhoods, have been undergoing a sort of renaissance in recent years, too.
Downtown South Bend
Private developers have spent more than $100 million to renovate historical buildings and add hundreds of apartments to the city center. The momentum downtown has spread across the St. Joseph River to the East Bank Village neighborhood, which is home to art galleries, coffee shops, and small bars and restaurants. South of downtown, an old industrial section of the city is coming back to life as buildings once used to manufacture Studebaker automobiles have been converted to technology centers for local startup companies.
South Bend residents have also directed more attention to the St. Joseph River by investing in a riverside trail system and upgrading waterfront parks.
The downtown dam that was built to power the city's first factories was even reimagined as a work of art. An interactive light sculpture called the River Lights produces a mesmerizing sight as it shines a changing array of colors on the cascading water.
Beyond South Bend
St. Joseph, Michigan, is one of several Lake Michigan beach towns located within a 45-minute drive of South Bend.
South Bend also serves as the hub for the larger "Michiana" region that straddles the Michigan-Indiana border. The multi-county region is home to more than 800,000 people and a landscape that varies from Lake Michigan sand dunes to Amish country farms.
And, when students do need a taste of a bigger city, Chicago is just 90 miles away and an easy destination for a day trip. The South Shore Line commuter railroad runs several trains daily from South Bend International Airport to downtown Chicago.
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