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Campus life on the South Bend campus offers a thriving atmosphere to medical students due to its close proximity to the University of Notre Dame.

Campus Life

Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend is immediately adjacent to the University of Notre Dame, offering a rich campus life in a traditionally collegiate community. Notre Dame offers many athletic, academic and performing arts events throughout the school year. The community offers many diverse dining options, great shopping and recreation opportunities. South Bend also hosts many festivals, concerts and cultural events.

As part of their first-year orientation, IU School of Medicine students in South Bend obtain a University of Notre Dame ID, which allows them to use the Hesburgh library and Notre Dame’s various recreational facilities, intramural sports and other recreational events.

Service Learning, Student Life

Service Learning, Student Life (or sometimes referenced as SL2 ) is the in-house mechanism that helps students realize their interest in activities outside the classroom. Lead Advisor Kristina Borger works regularly with students to help them coordinate activities ranging from fund-raisers to intramural sports participation to establishing interest groups in a myriad of topics.


Most new students at IU School of Medicine-South Bend are barely settled in before they experience the first home Notre Dame football weekend. While students say they don’t always have time to attend the game, a walk through campus ahead of time is a treat of pageantry and food.

Personal Recreation

Students assigned to the IU School of Medicine-South Bend campus have Special Graduate Student status at the University of Notre Dame. With this designation, medical students are issued a Notre Dame student ID and email address, can purchase discounted football tickets, enjoy facility access to work out and aquatic centers, the libraries and countless other amenities.

Extracurricular Activities

Competitive residency programs seek well-rounded medical students who demonstrate an ability to balance work with a meaningful life outside the classroom. Extra-curricular activities, including athletics, student mentoring, civic engagement and hobbies, help relieve stress and return refreshed to academic work. At IU School of Medicine-South Bend, long hours of study are offset with non-academic activities, as students participate in Notre Dame’s extracurricular activities and take part in service learning groups such as the Navari Clinic and the American Medical Women’s Association. IU School of Medicine’s South Bend campus offers a variety of other participation opportunities, including the Student Executive Committee. In 2016, an initiative to strengthen campus life experience for medical students generated committees on service learning and student activities.