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With so much excitement going on in South Bend – really, truly – thank you Notre Dame and, to be fair, Indiana University South Bend (go Titans!), how can there not be a constant flow of interesting activity? South Bend is named for the “bend” in the St. Joseph River (speaking of interesting flows). South Bend was settled by Polish Catholic immigrants and it clearly maintains these roots. South Bend embraces Dyngus Day (day after Easter), Fat Tuesday, and every Saturday from September through November – football season – although vastly more Irish in name than Polish. Not one person in South Bend doesn't see that as an excellent one-two punch of food, tradition, and good times.
With a population of around 100,000, South Bend is 272nd in the U.S. in terms of people – a bit on the smaller size, but there are a surprising number of distinct neighborhoods and respective neighborhood associations here – although often close to one another. Also, for such a prominent college town, South Bend doesn't have too much spillover in terms of the nightlife scene. In other words, unlike cities such as Austin, students in South Bend tend to go on their benders on campus or in their close-to-campus house parties.
Also of note is that with the exception of a few buildings near the ND campus and downtown, almost every rental is a duplex or single family home.
Downtown: Not really sprawling or far from many other South Bend neighborhoods, the downtown area is the hub of South Bend business and nightlife. In the most technical terms, “Downtown” arguably gobbles up some individually named South Bend neighborhoods (like East Bank Village), however, it is in this section of South Bend you will find AM General, the Memorial Health System, a couple of major hotels, over 50 restaurants (check out Corby's for you fans of Notre Dame and/or the movie Rudy), and most of the city's cultural venues. 1 BR apartments go for about $800 in a managed building; $500 otherwise, 2 BR $1,200 (managed building); $725 otherwise, 3 BR around $850 (non-managed).
Near Northwest: about 16 percent of all South Bend residents make their homes on the outskirts of downtown in Near Northwest. This is rather popular with Notre Dame students because of its proximity to campus, Near Northwest (still only a couple miles from the hub of downtown South Bend), this very walkable neighborhood has lots of tree lined streets, parks, and places to appreciate the St. Joseph River – Leeper Park is especially attractive and hosts the aptly named Leeper Park Art Fair annually. There are numerous architectural styles to be appreciated in Near Northwest. The numerous styles of housing in this neighborhood are inversely proportional to pricing – they're all cheap. 1 BR $450, 2 BR $550, 3 BR $750
Twyckenham Hills: The Southeast side of the city is sometimes described as “a best kept secret.” Maybe that's because Twyckenham is so hard to spell so people never discuss it. The Twyckenham Hills community pool is the unofficial neighborhood hub, and if that doesn't say down-home Americana, then think of the pool shaped like a giant apple pie on top of a Studebaker (the company was headquartered in South Bend). Twyckenham Hills is a tight-knit, middle class neighborhood that is family centric. Despite its proximity to downtown, it has its own vibe and Twyckenham Hills dwellers no longer have to truck all the way to downtown (4 miles) for shopping and a night out. They can visit Erskine Village for big-box shopping and chain restaurants galore. 1 BR $500, 2 BR $625, 3 BR $775.
Rum Village: Here we have a modest neighborhood that is best described as emerging. On the Southwest side of town, Rum Village (how can one go wrong with a name like that?) has the 160 acre Rum Village Park with wildlife, hiking, picnicking, and elusive morel mushroom hunting opportunities, really (don't eat the mushroom you encounter by trial and error, fyi). Rum Village is exceptionally affordable. 1 BR (rare) $400, 2 BR $550, 3 BR $700.
Firstly, yes, the above title is correct. It's imagined that people from South Bend are less proud of that nickname than, say, the residents of Detroit – The Motor City – vroom. South Bend is also known as the Wagon City.
Using fairly unscientific means, it seems that only 50 percent or so of rentals are pet friendly. Plan accordingly. On a positive note, of the pet friendly rentals, they are comparatively less restrictive and less fee oriented than in other cities.
Don't root for in-state rivals Purdue when in South Bend. However, if you do, it's far less likely to result in maiming or other bodily harm than if you cheer for University of Southern California or University of Michigan. What's that you say? You're not that into football? You're in South Bend – you are now.
Finding a new apartment home has never been easier or better in South Bend, Indiana. Considered to be one of the best places to live in the Midwest, the city has much to offer its residents. Health care, education and business are all primary industries in South Bend, along with a booming tourism sector. Nearby University of Notre Dame is a main contributor to the economy, as are many other large companies, such as Honeywell and Bosch. Memorial Health Systems is the largest employer in the city.
Once upon a time, one of South Bend's main industries was Studebaker automobiles, and it currently is home to the Studebaker National Museum. Apartment dwellers will find many other attractions in the city. South Bend has a wide variety of art galleries and museums, a river walk for running and walking, and the East Race Waterway, a water amusement park for family fun. Another big draw is the Football Friday Tent Party held before each Notre Dame home game, on the stadium field of the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown South Bend.
With a warm, welcoming atmosphere, a growing economy and a seemingly endless amount of activities in which to take part, South Bend is a great place to experience apartment living.