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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are positives and negatives to living off campus. I personally think it is more convenient to live on campus. However, you have more freedom off campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Dorm room parties with close friends are always fun. Off campus house parties are also very fun and often have fun themes.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have not been off campus to eat too often. Every time I have been off campus to eat, however, I have had very good experiences. There are many good dining options on Eddy Street, very close to campus, for reasonable prices. Farther off campus there are also many other good dining options.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is pretty strict. You cannot be in a dorm of the opposite sex past a certain hour every day of the week.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did get some scholarship money to go to the school, but tuition has gone up and my scholarship has not increased in proportion. So, that is a bit of an issue.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I love the food options here. The dining halls have a lot of variety and options. There are healthy options and not very healthy options for those days when you just need to indulge a bit. I do wish we had some better restaurant options on campus (Ex: replacing Burger King).

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a great option. It is very convenient to live on campus, because you can get to classes, the library, the gym, the dining halls, etc. easily and quickly. Living on campus also helps you develop good relationships with people in your dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of variety from budgets, to distance to style. Cost is high, though normal at any college town. Safety is good, but not for walking!

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are good (specially the international student-hosted ones. Bars are diverse. You could go for a pub, for a dance place, or a mixture. Will not get bored.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some options, but the main problem is the quantity of those. If you ask around restaurants to eat, most people will name the same 5 (outside chains).

5 College Sophomore

Administration: They do a great job of balancing rules with context. For example, alcohol is prohibited on campus and in the dorms (undergraduate) but they are not purposely looking out to bust kids. The same goes with most rules--they are willing to listen to the context and not be black and white.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: For graduate students, they have great fellowships, though you do not apply for most of them. I wish there were more competitive fellowships you could apply to.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of options. Dinning halls are great, but the quality of meat is not, so you end up eating a lot of carbohydrates. The drinks options in the dinning halls could be more natural. Flex points are really convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: While most of the housing is not modern, they do provide a great sense of belonging, akin to a Fraternity, without the drawbacks. Some newer dorms have great common areas (Gym, kitchen, study areas)

College Freshman

Athletics: There is a very large favoritism to varsity sports at my school. Almost everything revolves around the football team, but that is just because of the tradition of the school and the huge alumni base whose lives revolve around the ND football season.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet, but it doesn't seem like there is a huge variety of options.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is pretty good. If you don't have a car you can walk (10-15 minutes) to Eddy street and grab Chipotle, In & Out Burger, Barbici, Jamba Juice, or O'Rourke's Irish Pub. And if you have a car you go to down-town South Bend and grab any normal restaurant (Chile's or TGIF), Cambodian Thia(great asian), Scotty's Brewhouse(great burgers and bbq), or Riverside Tap. The only problem is that it's hard to find healthy options if you don't have a car to get to the supermarket or a healthy restaurant.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: In my perspective, the best parties are house parties that are off campus. The dorm parties are too crowded, awkward, and the temperature goes through the roof because of all the people in such a small place.

1 College Freshman

Administration: The strictness at my school depends on who and where you are. The boys dorms get an extreme amount of leniency while the girls dorms are under extremely strict rule (which are supposed to be applied to all dorms). I'd like the school to re-think co-ed dorms, but do to the religious affiliation that is very unlikely. Also, a very annoying policy is parietals--where guys have to be out of girls dorms and vice versa by 1:00am on weekdays and 2:00am on weekends.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wasn't able to get a scholarship from the school directly because there are very few that they give. But I've applied for Fafsa and we are hoping that the school will give the recommended amount that Fafsa stated.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of options for food at Notre Dame. You could make your way to LaFortune which has Taco Bell, Subway, Pizza Hut, and Burger King; or you could take a 15 minute walk to Eddy street for food options like Chipotle, In & Out Burger, Jamba Juice, Barbici, and O'Rourke's Irish Pub.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You are very close to classes, living on-campus.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I think most upper-classmen live off campus and seem to like it. There are many good-sized houses that can be rented for a good price, but a car is almost necessary if you live off because of the winter.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are interesting non-chain options that are decently priced. Most students stay on campus because of meal plans and the diversity of on-campus options anyways though. My favorite off campus restaurant is Fiddler's Hearth, a cozy, rustic Irish pub that serves traditional Irish food and has live music every night. A lot of people also like Ichiban/Golden Dragon for Chinese and Japanese food.

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4 College Student

Party Scene: There are a variety of options depending on the intensity of party you wish to intend. Parties are easily accessible as they are either held in dorms or off campus. Off campus parties are easy to get to because cabs will always be waiting on campus to pick up students for only $3.

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"Wonderful," "amazing," "special," "family"-these are the most common words that students use to describe their times at Notre Dame. The University has a unique atmosphere that is embraced by many; the campus is basically self-contained, the dorms are all very close-knit, and there are truly strong connections between students. While the weather may test your survival skills and the administration may try your patience, the Notre Dame experience is unlike any other you'll ever have. The school's tradition and history create an environment where you'll feel welcomed the moment you step foot on campus.

Notre Dame is not an easy school, and it's important to remember that academics are huge. Above all else, you need to be willing to study and focus, or you're not going to make it through the University's workload. Students here are universally dedicated to their studies, and campus life reflects it. This is not a party school. Students may find themselves frustrated by the value system or the lack of outside activities. The best recommendation for Notre Dame is to visit and check out campus life firsthand. Often, the atmosphere alone is enough to sway your feelings one way or the other.

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