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11 popular off-campus housing options near the tri-campus

By Alysa Guffey and Maggie Eastland

As October arrives, sophomores and juniors (and even first-years) begin to think about their off-campus migration. A variety of apartment and townhome complexes in the South Bend area offer leases for students, but it can be difficult to navigate all the information available.

The Observer has compiled a guide to off-campus housing with information accurate as of Oct. 1. Prices and other facts are subject to change, but this guide provides an overview of the various off-campus leasing options, compared to the cost of living on campus as a senior. 

This year it costs $16,710 per year to live on campus at Notre Dame with a meal plan. That breaks down to over $2,000 per month, or about $504 per week. Notre Dame offers a $2,000 incentive to the first 250 sophomore students who commit to living on campus as seniors. The incentive closed Sept. 30 this year. The base rate for room and board at Saint Mary’s is $13,580, averaging out to about $1,500 a month, or $425 per week. The College charges fees for certain living arrangements such as single rooms or Opus Hall rooms. Living on campus with a meal plan at Holy Cross College costs $12,000, which is roughly $1,333 per month, or $375 per week.

Editor’s Note: Costs used to create this graph are high-low averages that encompass 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 prices when listed. Prices are subject to future change.
Credit: Maggie Klaers | The Observer
  1. Irish Row

Monthly rent and units available

2 bed, 2 bath: $1020 per bed, $2040 total

3 bed, 3 bath: $980 per bed, $2940

Note: Monthly rates increase by $50 as each new lease is signed. Rates published are correct as of Sept. 20. Two-bedroom units for the 2023-2024 term cost $1070 per bed or $2140 total.

Lease term

June to May

August to July

When to start applying

There are limited units remaining for 2023-2024 lease terms. Leasing for 2024-2025 opened Sept. 19.

Location

Irish Row is a mile east from the Notre Dame campus. The commute is about 20 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car. 

Utility costs

Residents are billed monthly for electricity, water, sewage, gas and trash.

Monthly rent and units available

4 bed, 4.5 bath: $1340 per bed or $5260 total

Note: Rent increases $50 with each lease signed.

Lease term

June to June

August to August

When to start applying

Now leasing 2024-2025 units. No 2023-2024 units are listed as available.

Location

East of campus and just north of Irish Row, these units are part of the Irish Crossings neighborhood. The commute to Notre Dame’s campus is 1 mile — about 20 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car. 

Utility costs

Residents are billed monthly for electricity, water, gas, sewage and trash.

Monthly Rent and units available

4 bed, 4.5 bath: $1500 per bed or $6000 total

4 bed, 3.5 bath: $1400 per bed or $5600 total

Lease term

June to May

When to start applying

Now leasing 2024-2025 units.

Location

East of campus and north of Irish Row, these CES-owned units are part of the Irish Crossings neighborhood. The commute to Notre Dame’s campus is 1 mile — about 20 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car. 

Utility Costs

Residents must independently contract and pay for electric, gas, cable and wifi.

Monthly rent and units available

2023-2024:

1 bed, 1 bath: $1365

2 bed, 2 bath: $1010 per bed or $2020

3 bed, 3 bath: $990 per bed or $2970

2024-2025:

1 bed, 1 bath: $1420 

2 bed, 2 bath: $1030 per bed or $2060

3 bed, 3 bath: $1010 per bed or $3030

Lease term

May to May

August to July

When to start applying

Now leasing 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

Location

The Irish Flats are east of Notre Dame’s campus and just north of the Crossings neighborhood. They are 1 mile from campus — a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive.

Utility Costs

Residents are responsible for electric costs, parking and insurance. Wifi and basic cable included in monthly rent.

Monthly rent and units available*

1 bed, 1 bath (renovated and furnished): starts at $1060 

2 bed, 2 bath (renovated and furnished): starts $659 per bed or $1318 total

2 bed, 2 bath (basic and unfurnished): starts at $609 per bed or $1218 total

3 bed, 2 bath (renovated and furnished): starts at $599 per bed or $1797 total

3 bed, 2 bath (basic and unfurnished): starts at $494 per bed or $1482 total

*Rates are based on 2022-23 lease terms. Renovated/unfurnished options subject to change.

Lease term

Aug. 20 to July 31 

When to start applying

Applications for fall 2023 open Oct. 20.

Location

Campus Court is 1.1 miles from the Notre Dame campus and a little further east than Irish Row. It is a 5-minute driving or 20-minute walking commute.

Utility Costs

Residents pay for electric bill.

Monthly rent and units available

6 bed, 3.5 bath: $1400 per bed or $8400 total

Lease term

June to May

When to start applying

Now leasing for 2024-2025

Location

The Legacy neighborhood is about 1.5 miles northeast of campus. It takes 7 minutes to commute by car or half an hour walking.

Utility Costs

Residents pay for water, electricity, trash pickup, internet, cable, telephone, sewer and gas.

Monthly rent and units available

1 bed, 1 bath (3 floor plans available): ranges from $1,455 to $2,264 

2 bed, 2 bath (3 floor plans available): ranges from $958 to $1,132 per bed, or $1,916 to $2,568 total

3 bed, 3 bath (4 floor plans available): ranges from $878 to $1,205 per bed, or $2,635 to $3,615 total

Note: Undergraduates cannot sign leases in the Foundry South buildings.

Lease term

One year, residents choose the start and end date

When to start applying

Applications opened Oct. 1, official pricing comes out in 1-2 months

Location

The Foundry apartments are just south of Notre Dame’s campus above Eddy St. Commons. The location offers a short 10-minute walk or 2-minute drive to common Notre Dame academic buildings.

Utility Costs

All utilities paid separately.

Monthly rent and units available

4 bed, 3.5 bath: $1,400 per bed

Lease term
June to May

When to start applying

Leasing now for 2024-25. No units shown as available for 2023-24. 

Location

Wexford Place is nestled between several other common student housing options located just east of Notre Dame across Twyckenham Drive and offers a 5-minute drive or 22-minute walk to campus. It is across the street from Irish Crossings.

Utility Costs

Utilities included in rent are water, trash and monthly house cleaning.

Tenants are responsible for gas, electric, cable and wifi.

Monthly rent and units available

3 bed, 3.5 bath: $850 per bed

4 bed, 3.5 bath: $825 per bed

4 bed, 3.5 bath (deluxe model): $875 per bed

Lease term

One year 

When to start applying

Leasing 2023-24 now

Location

These CES-owned properties are located north of Saint Mary’s campus off State Road 933. Approximate distance from Notre Dame is 1.4 miles, or a 30-minute walk and distance from Saint Mary’s is 0.6 miles, or a 14-minute walk.

Utility Costs

Utilities included: water, trash and monthly house cleaning

Extras: electric, gas, cable/internet

Monthly rent and units available

1 bed, 1 bath: $1,200

2 bed, 2 bath: $889 per bed, or $1,778 total

3 bed, 3 bath: $785 per bed, or $2,355 total

4 bed, 4 bath: $680 per bed, or $2,720 total

Lease term

August to July 

When to start applying

Now leasing for 2023-24 term.

Location

Located north of Douglas Road off State Road 933, University Edge is a 7-minute drive or 30-minute walk to the heart of Notre Dame and a 2-minute drive or 18-minute walk to Saint Mary’s.

Utility Costs

Utilities included in rent (except electric)

  • 11. The Landings (Restricted to Married or Parenting Students)

Monthly rent and units available

1 bed, 1 bath: $865

2 bed, 1 bath: $915

3 bed, 1 bath: $1,125

Lease term

August to July

When to start applying

January to April is a priority window for married and parenting students. After that, leases are opened up to post-graduate students. 

Location

The Landings offers a convenient 6-minute drive or roughly 28-minute walk to Notre Dame with its location two miles north of campus.

Utility Costs

All utilities paid separately.

Contact Alysa Guffey at aguffey@nd.edu and Maggie Eastland at meastlan@nd.edu