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Low cost of living is one of the best things about being a graduate student in South Bend. In fact, South Bend ranks in the top five percent of the most affordable metro areas in the US. Whether you are looking to rent or to buy a home (a real option here for most grad students), it is possible to live well without breaking the bank.



Notre Dame has housing for married and unmarried graduate students near campus. Single students can live at the Fischer O’Hara-Grace Graduate residences, 2 and 4 bedroom shared apartments. For married students, the Cripe St. Apartments are for couples without children, and University Village has apartments for families with children. See http://orlh.nd.edu/housing/graduate/ for detailed information.

Off-Campus Apartments:

There are many apartment complexes in the South Bend area, and some private apartments. For complexes, check out sites like www.rentals.com or www.apartments.com. Private apartments and homes for rent are usually listed in the South Bend Tribune’s Classifieds page; http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=classifieds.

Owning a Home

This can actually be cheaper in terms of monthly expenses than apartment living, and of course you get to build up some equity, too.

You can start by searching www.realtor.com; the following ZIP codes are nearest to campus: 46616, 46617, 46601, 46615, and 46628.

Note that a number of students have purchased homes from the Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc., a community development corporation which sells historic houses that have been completely rehabbed from top to bottom to people who have low-moderate incomes (in the $30,000-40,000 range): http://www.nearnorthwest.org

For more information about the city of South Bend, see http://www.ci.south-bend.in.us and http://www.realst8.com/blog/ 

Near North West neighborhood

Sunnymede neighborhood, 46615