- The South Quad covers the distance of about seven football fields and connects an expanse of residence halls, classroom and office buildings and the South Dining Hall.
- Building personal connections in the dorms is an important part of the Notre Dame experience.
- Residence halls are single sex and are not separated by academic year. Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors all live in the same buildings.
- Each year, older residence halls are renovated to make them more modern and comfortable.
South Dining Hall
- South Dining Hall is one of two student dining facilities on campus. (North Dining Hall is the other.)
- South Dining Hall opened in 1927.
- As one of the finest examples of Gothic design in the United States, its architecture is reminiscent of a medieval Guild Hall.
- Today’s students find it reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.
- Has a few places for dining, including the food market with made-to-order selections, hospitality rooms for special events, and the Reckers 24-hour café featuring pizza and smoothies.
- Home to Academic Services for Student-Athletes.
- Also serves as the home for the First Year of Studies Program and Campus Ministry.
- Opened in 2001.
- There is also a spacious student lounge with fireplaces and big-screen TVs.
- In the center of the building is a 1,300-pound granite ball supported on a plume of water that varies between 8 and 14 pounds per square inch of pressure.
Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
- One-seventh the size of the famed French shrine of the Virgin Mary.
- Built in 1896.
- Boulders from surrounding farms, most weighing two tons or more, were used in its construction.
- A small piece of stone from the original grotto in France is located on the right-hand side of the shrine directly below the statue of Mary.
- To Notre Dame students and alumni, the Grotto is a special place to spend a few quiet moments.
- During football weekends and finals, you might have difficulty finding a candle to light.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
- Gothic-inspired, cross-shaped place of worship and welcome.
- Many members of the campus community gather here for daily and weekly Masses.
- The stained-glass windows were first installed in 1873, giving Notre Dame the largest collection of 19th-century French stained glass in the world.
- Beautiful artwork fills this space.
- The Main Building, with its famous Golden Dome, is a centerpiece of Notre Dame’s past and present.
- Serves primarily as a headquarters for administration.
- It was built in 1879, the same year in which the previous building was destroyed by fire.
- The Golden Dome was added to this building in 1882.
- The Golden Dome is made out of real gold.
- Atop the Dome, you will find a 19-foot-tall, 4,000-pound statue of Mary, the Mother of God, “Notre Dame” (“Our Lady”).
- With this beautiful adornment, the Main Building is 187 feet tall, making it the second tallest structure on campus after the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
- Inside the dome is a hand-painted mural of angels.
LaFortune Student Center
- Opened in 1883, this was Notre Dame’s Science Hall, but it became the LaFortune Student Center in 1953.
- One of the most trafficked buildings on campus with over 2 million visitors annually.
- The center has a variety of social, meeting and dining spaces for the campus community and guests.
- You’ll find a food court, convenience store, ATMs, a barber shop and hair stylist, a credit union branch, computer work stations, and offices for student government and other groups.
- Restaurants inside include Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Smashburger, Huddle Convenience Mart.
- The Ballroom hosts more than 150 events per year, including residence hall dances, talent shows, concerts, banquets and lectures.
- LaFortune is open 24 hours while classes are in session.
- Recently renovated with new technology and improved study spaces.
- "The Word of Life" mural, also known as "Touchdown Jesus," can be seen over the north end zone.
- It is 132 feet high and 65 feet wide, containing 81 types of stone from 16 countries.
- The building is also traditionally an important gathering place for students on campus.
Guglielmino Athletics Complex
- Opened in 2005.
- 96,000-square-foot complex has affectionately been nicknamed the Gug (“goog”).
- It is adjacent to the Loftus Sports Center, a home for soccer, lacrosse, and track and field.
- Much of the space in the Gug is dedicated to Fighting Irish football, including coaches’ offices and meeting rooms and the team’s practice-week locker rooms.
- Offers an advanced sports medicine section plus strength and conditioning and weight room equipment areas for all 800 Notre Dame student-athletes.
- Also holds a 130 seat auditorium, players' lounge to hang out and relax, and a recovery room designed specifically for rest.
Irish Athletic Center & Labar Practice Fields
- Indoor space for three varsity athletics programs which provides greater access to the Loftus Sports Center for other varsity programs, recreational and club sports, campus events and community activities.
- Opened in July 2019.
- Boasts an incredible 95 foot peak ceiling, a 55 yard viewing balcony along west sideline, along with a state of the art LED lighting system.
- You'll find a 1,600 square foot recruiting lounge on the second floor.
Notre Dame Stadium
- The stadium continues to be one of the most recognizable and revered structures in the world of sport.
- Notre Dame Stadium features a turf playing surface that hosts over 80,000 fans.
- Locker room was renovated in 2017 to give a more modern look while maintaining tradition.
- All Notre Dame home games are broadcasted exclusively on NBC. Family will always be able to watch you play on TV
Duncan Student Center
- Built as a part of the Campus Crossroads project in 2017 and made the stadium a hub on campus that is utilized every single day by the student body.
- Provides additional spaces for students to congregate, study, and interact with one another.
- Features a student recreation center that includes a climbing wall, basketball courts, and an extensive fitness area.
- Duncan also houses the Career Services offices.
- Includes food options at Hagerty Family Cafe, Modern Market, and Star Ginger.
Eddy Street Commons
No Notre Dame tour is complete without stopping for ice cream or a cold drink at Eddy Street Commons. Adjacent to campus, this retail and housing development allows our students the comfort of urban conveniences within a few minute walk of their dorms.