Health & Safety

South Bend, IN
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is low and on-campus police/security make campus feel safe and secure. Generally feel safe walking across campus except when very late due to natural apprehension. Health services of high quality but medical doctors are not typically available during the weekend which is when students are most likely to be injured seriously; nurses available at this time.

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College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never had to get health assistance on campus, but I hear that they're pretty good. They have a lot of counseling groups and individual sessions, and they seem to really want to help people.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I do not like to walk around alone at night. I think Notre Dame could use some more lights around campus for at night.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe and comfortable anywhere on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus police officers are very friendly and enjoy getting to know students. They are regularly conduct rounds across campus every evening.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 24th
    Safest Campuses
  • 762nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 974th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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These days, the thought of living in a safe neighborhood where no one locks their doors is just a memory of a time that existed on black and white television sets. But it seems that Notre Dame belongs back in the good old days. Aside from the occasional sneaky drunkard clumsily stealing a bike in the middle of the night, the majority of students agree: there is virtually no crime under the Golden Dome. Besides football weekends, many Notre Dame students say that they leave their dorm rooms unlocked. And thanks to the small size of the campus, the presence of Notre Dame security, the blue-light phones, and student organizations such as ND SafeWalk, most students confess to strolling along campus at all hours of the night without a care in the world.

South Bend, however, is a stark contrast to campus. Students recommend avoiding many areas of the small industrial city, and some describe incidents where other students have had problems with theft or muggings while in South Bend. But most agree that these things can be avoided-stay away from particular neighborhoods. While the Notre Dame campus is virtually crime-free, the atmosphere of the surrounding South Bend area brings down an otherwise top grade.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 43
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 5
Security Office
Notre Dame Security Police
Hammes Mawbray Hall
(574) 631-5555
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Campus Shuttle
  • Emergency management
  • Lost and found
  • Parking and traffic
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Residence hall security
  • SafeWalk
  • Sexual assault prevention
  • Silent Watch
Health Center
University of Notre Dame Health Services
Saint Liam Hall
(574) 631-7479
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling services
  • Immunizations
  • Inpatient/observation unit
  • Lab facilities
  • Medical service outreach
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Transportation to off-campus medical facilities
  • Travel consultations
  • Walk-in clinic
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 39 responses

  • 26% Excessive drinking
  • 26% None
  • 13% Criminal activity near campus
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 5% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 55% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 31% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 26% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 74% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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