Local Atmosphere

Notre Dame, IN
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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.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's a pretty good variety of things to do in town, but Notre Dame has so many options of things going on that Saint Mary's Students are always invited to, that it is like we attend Notre Dame as well as Saint Mary's. South Bend in general is not very safe at all and you always want to make sure you are with somebody, preferably in your own car. But there is a public transportations system that SMC/ND students can take for free, so that is really nice if you don't have a car on campus.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: South Bend isn't exactly a hopping college town. The city itself can be really shady but nearby Mishawaka is complete suburbia. You will have access to target, malls, shopping, chain restaurants within five minutes of campus but don't expect any cutesy towns.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 17 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 16 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 31% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 31% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 31% 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 20 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 14 responses

  • 50% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.



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