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University of Notre Dame Introduction

Founded in 1842 as a Catholic university, The University of Notre Dame was conceived by its founder, Father Edward Sorin, as "one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country.” Today it retains its emphasis on faith and is also ranked as one of the top research universities in the U.S. The university is also known for its sports and athletics teams, known as the Fighting Irish. The campus is set on 1,250 acres and features well-known landmarks, including the Golden Dome, the "Word of Life" mural, and the Basilica.

Hotels near University of Notre Dame

The campus boasts its own hotel, which was built using a donation by an ex-student. The upscale accommodation is known as “the living room of the University." Along the western edge of the campus, there are multiple hotels off the North Dixie Way, which continues north as Indiana State Road 933. Hotels on this route are 2 or 3-star lodgings, and all are priced inexpensively, catering for visitors to the university. To get a good deal on rooms, visit out of term time, and avoid booking a room when the Fighting Irish are playing.

Where to stay near University of Notre Dame

The university has plenty of hotels around the campus, which are ideal for visitors to the university and Fighting Irish fans. As most students choose to live on the campus, the grounds are packed with bars, eateries, and nightlife. If you head to Downtown South Bend you can find charming B&Bs in beautiful historic buildings. These are conveniently placed for visiting the museums and restaurants there. Just to the east is Mishawaka, a city with an abundance of open space, including 29 parks. There's a good choice of hotels in the north of the city.

Things to see near University of Notre Dame

Many of the most interesting landmarks can be found without leaving the university campus. The Grotto of the Lady of Lourdes is a replica of the cave near Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to 14-year-old Saint Bernadette in 1858. Worshippers are welcome to light a candle in the grotto. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is recognized as having some of the most elaborate artwork of any church in the United States. The most recognizable landmark is the Golden Dome, which dominates the campus skyline. And then there's the imposing Notre Dame Stadium.

How to get to University of Notre Dame

The closest major city to Notre Dame is Chicago, and there are good links between the two. Coach USA runs a bus shuttle several times daily between campus and both Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway airports. You can also catch a train on the South Shore Line from South Bend International Airport, which is 5.2 miles away. If traveling by car, Notre Dame is just south of the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90). From the south, take U.S. 31 north. Local buses serve the university with regular services to and from South Bend.