Local Atmosphere

Notre Dame, IN
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1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: South bend is terrible if you get into the downtown area.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere isn't great, its south bend. The only decent thing about this area is Notre Dame, you have to note the rivalry between the schools though. It makes everything more interesting. Overall, I definitely wouldn't live here past school, it has little to offer.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: You don't really use the South Bend area for anything except occasional shopping or dining, mostly just the clubs which are designed for the students anyways!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Saint Mary's is in the middle of South Bend which is a fairly big city. There are some sites to visit, but not much. We are lucky to have Notre Dame less than a mile away and free transportation over there. When girls want to do something that's where we go. We also get student prices to all Notre Dame games and activities. Once you turn 21, there are more things to do in the city.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: As a Saint Mary's student, I spend a lot of time with Notre Dame and Holy Cross students. Also, there are a lot of bars (Brothers, Finny's, O'Rourkes, the Oyster, and the Backer) and a couple clubs (Fever) that cater to students specifically and are great to go to. I love the people here who are in the ND/SMC/HCC school system, but the area itself is mediocre and the weather is terrible.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 18 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 12% Painfully remote.
  • 29% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 29% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 29% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 0% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 95% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 16 responses

  • 56% No way.
  • 44% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.



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