Life in South Bend

Whether you like the performing or visual arts, sports, music, or outdoor activities, South Bend has something for everyone. Located within driving distance from three major metropolitan areas—Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit—South Bend offers many of the same amenities of those larger cities within a more affordable environment.

Its small-town reputation belies the social and cultural activities that area residents enjoy: Broadway plays and first-rate musical and performance artists at the Morris Performing Arts Center; outdoor music and arts festivals at St. Patrick’s County Park; kayaking on and picnicking near the East Race Waterway; and watching the South Bend Silver Hawks, a single-A farm baseball team for the Arizona Diamondbacks, at Coveleski Stadium.

Eddy Street Commons

South Bend’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment destination is just across the street. Stroll down the sidewalks of Eddy Street Commons and take in the beautiful architecture and exciting mixture of shopping, dining and living in a uniquely designed urban style community with a main street appeal. From fashions to books and eateries, Eddy Street Commons will heighten your senses with its shops and restaurants.


Everything from Irish pubs to fine dining with jazz await you in South Bend. Cambodian, Lebanese, Italian, Mexican, and Vietnamese are just some examples of the international cuisines available for sampling.


Nine miles of riverside trails, parks, white water rafting and kayaking on the East Race Waterway, Potawatomi Zoo, and ice skating are all available in South Bend and it’s just a short drive to the beaches of Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes, shopping in Saugatuck, and exploring local wineries.

The Office of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs promotes mutual understanding and supportive relationships between Notre Dame and its neighbors in the surrounding community through programs and partnerships that contribute to the common good.

Public Affairs plays a key role in communicating the University’s policies, projects, needs, and contributions to the South Bend area and, in turn, reflects the community’s needs and concerns back to the University. Members of the Community Relations staff promote public service projects and activities of mutual benefit to the campus and the community, provide appropriate contact points on campus for public inquiries and requests for services, and advise other campus organizations on issues of local concern.

South Bend, Indiana

Making an Impact

A new report puts Notre Dame's economic impact on the local marketplace at more than $873 million annually. Learn more our economic impact on the community.

Accountancy students

Providing Tax Assistance

Accountancy students annually prepare more than 3,800 tax forms for area residents as a part of Notre Dame's 38-year-old Tax Assistance Program.