Clothing & Household Items
There are many ways to purchase items for your home and stay at Notre Dame. Students leaving at the end of the summer semester may have furnishings, clothing and other household items for sale which they will advertise through posters around campus. Look for flyers posted in the LaFortune Student Center and at other locations around campus.
University Park Mall is located at the intersection of Cleveland and Grape Roads and includes a variety of stores that sell clothing, household items, and other products. Students can take a bus directly from campus to the mall for free with their student ID, via Transpo bus services' Route 7. There are also a variety of other stores located near the mall, including Walmart, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, TJ Maxx, Best Buy, and more.
Eddy Street Commons
Eddy Street Commons, located across the street from campus, includes a book store, several clothing stores, a sport store, and a salon.
Rummage and Yard Sales
Many South Bend residents sell unwanted items in yard sales during the warm summer months. These sales are announced in classified newspaper ads in the South Bend Tribune and with signs that are posted in the immediate neighborhood. “As is” items are offered. These items may not be returned, but the price is almost always an attractive one and you may be able to bargain with the seller. When negotiating a sale it is important to keep in mind how you will transport the items to your apartment.
For the South Bend Tribune Classified Ads, visit http://classifieds.southbendtribune.com/.
Each summer, Notre Dame hosts a large rummage sale called Old2Gold. A variety of dorm room furtniture, bikes, and other items are available.
Used Furniture & Clothing Shops
There are several shops where you can purchase used furniture, clothing, and household items at reduced prices.
Goodwill Industries is a non-profit agency that resells items that have been donated by area residents. There are several Goodwill stores, including those at the following addresses:
- 1805 Western Ave, South Bend
- 3420 Grape Rd, Mishawaka
- 2701 Cleveland Rd , South Bend
Once a month on a Saturday, goods are sold at half price. The stores do not deliver, so you must make your own arrangements to transport your purchases.
The Salvation Army has several outlets in the area. They also sell goods that have been donated.
- 2009 South Bend Ave (very close to the University), South Bend
- 506 S. Main St, South Bend.
- 1911 E. Ireland Road, South Bend
- 2911 S. 11th, Niles MI.
The St Vincent DePaul Society also sells donated clothing, household goods and furniture, distributing funds raised to aid the poor. There are two stores located at 3408 W. Ardmore Trail and 2302 South Bend Ave. They will deliver your purchases for a small fee.
Notre Dame Surplus – http://surplus.nd.edu - sells second-hand furniture from the ND campus. It’s located at 921 Eddy St., South Bend. Personal purchases may be made from 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Thursdays. ND picture identification and payment by cash or check are required.
Students may post classified ads to buy or sell furniture on the InsideND classified channel.
It’s located under the student life tab, classified channel.
Remember that when you leave the University, if you are not interested in or able to sell your old furnishings, you may donate them back to these organizations or pass them on to new students.
Renting FurnitureSome furniture stores, such as Cort Furniture, rent (lease) furniture by the month. Ask about student package deals. These businesses often sell previously-leased or used furniture at low prices, as well.
Discount Furniture and Unfinished Furniture
There are several area stores that offer furniture at a discount, either because the selections are remnants of bulk shipments, represent an outdated style or have sustained minor damage. You will find listings for these stores in the yellow pages or online.
Furniture can also be purchased at area discount stores such as Target , K-Mart , Meijer, Wal-Mart, Value City Furniture, and Big Lots. Furniture offered through these chain stores are often attractively priced, though you may need to assemble the pieces yourself. These stores are good places to hunt for economically priced shelving units, folding tables and chairs, lamps, etc. Many of these stores offer clothing, household goods and even groceries, so they are a good place to begin your search upon arrival to South Bend!
For more than 50 years, International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) at the University of Notre Dame has paired international students with members of the local community, allowing participants to learn more about different cultures, traditions, and languages.
For the average incoming freshman, leaving friends and family to go to college for the first time is often an overwhelming experience. But for international students, these nerves and uncertainties are amplified, as they must travel longer distances and face an entirely new culture and language.
That’s where the Notre Dame International Ambassadors step in.