Housing and Travel

On-Campus Housing

This year, on-campus accommodation will be offered through a separate form – access the housing form here

Saint Mary’s offers accommodation starting as low as $29 per night per person. Dorms are conveniently located just a few blocks away from where the classes and other events will take place. Please check the table below for prices.

Prices are per person per night except for the Opus Hall which offers a discounted rate for groups or families in their 4 Bedroom apartment. 

McCandless Dorm/Shared Room $29 Shared NO
McCandless Dorm/Private Room $35 Shared NO
Opus Hall  for 2** 2 Bedroom Apartment $55 Shared common areas / private room / 1 bath YES
Opus Hall for 4** 4 Bedroom Apartment $55 Shared common areas / private room / 2 baths YES
Opus Hall Discount for Groups or Family** 4 Bedroom Apartment $170 Shared common areas / private room / 2 baths  YES
 Linens*  Per Person / Stay $25  N/A  N/A

*Linens charges are for the whole week but you can also bring your own – Please note that accommodation provided by the college require you to bring your own linens or rent from Saint Mary’s at the cost above. 

** Opus apartments include a kitchen but do not have pots and pans.

*** This discount is offered for groups coming together and families accompanying participants under 18.

You can share a room with someone you know from a previous workshop! The registration form will provide you with an option to add your roommate name and, if you have a group of 4, don’t forget opus will have a discounted rate of 170 per apartment (42.50 per person – over 20% discount!).

All prices include all taxes and fees.

Food is not included in price.

The dorm cost per person must be paid in full at least a month before your workshop begins (June 22).

Refund Policy: Refunds are only possible if accommodation is canceled more than 15 days before the start date of the workshop.

Off-Campus Housing

There are several options for staying off campus. But please remember that you will need to find transportation to accommodate your program’s schedule. Parking is free at St. Mary’s College but be sure to check the Parking and Transportation section.

For helpful information, check: www.visitsouthbend.com or contact the hotels recommended below that have special deals for participants  of programs and conferences at Saint Mary’s.

You can also try www.airbnb.com for options around South Bend and Mishawaka.

Accommodations in South Bend

Inn at Saint Mary’s
53993 Indiana 933
South Bend, IN 46637
574-232- 4000

Located on campus, The Inn at Saint Mary’s is a comfortable and convenient location for your stay. The Inn offers a shuttle to and from the airport, a complementary hot breakfast buffet, 24 hr. Business Center, and access to the fitness center and Hilton Garden Inn pool facilities

King bed and 2 Double beds available.

Comfort Suites
52939 US 933 North
South Bend, IN 46637
574-272- 1500

Located 2miles from campus, Comfort Suites offers a comfortable hotel near many restaurants, the IN Toll Road and 5 miles from the South Bend Airport. The hotel offers complimentary WIFI, a complementary hot breakfast, Business Center, indoor heated pool, sauna, and 24 hr. fitness center, and a 24 hr. Marketplace with snacks. Shuttle service is based on availability, please contact hotel for more

King bed and 2 Double beds available.


Saint Mary’s is conveniently located about 90 miles from Chicago. It is easily accessible through all kinds of transportation. Please check below for options.


The South Bend Airport is a 10-15 minutes drive to Saint Mary’s. From the airport, go east (left) on Lincolnway West and follow directions to downtown South Bend. Turn left on Indiana 933 (Michigan Street) and proceed just over two miles to The Ave /Saint Mary’s Entrance. Turn left.

You can also fly to any of the Chicago Airports and drive, take a shuttle or train to South Bend. The University is about two hours by car from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and about 90 minutes from Midway International Airport.

From O’Hare, take I-190 east out of the airport, merge onto I-90 east (the Kennedy Expressway) toward downtown Chicago and merge with I-94 south (the Dan Ryan Expressway). Take the Skyway exit off the Dan Ryan and remain on I-90 to the Indiana Toll Road, which merges with I-80. From the Illinois border, it is about 75 miles to Exit 77 (the South Bend/Notre Dame exit).


From the north:

  • Exit at interchange 77 from I-80/I-90.
  • Take Indiana 933 south toSaint Mary’s Road / The Ave.
  • Turn west (right) onto The Ave / Saint Mary’s Entrance.
  • Take right at the end of the road into Holly Cross circle and exit to the right / follow signs to parking lot.

From the south:

  • Follow US 31 until it turns to join the bypass. Do not join the bypass; follow Business 31 (becomes Indiana 933) into town until you reach Saint Mary’s Road / The Ave.
  • Turn west (left) onto The Ave / Saint Mary’s Entrance.
  • Take right at the end of the road into Holly Cross circle and exit to the right / follow signs to parking lot.


Coach USA operates a shuttle between both Chicago Airports (O’Hare and Midway) and the Notre Dame campus with several stops. The bus departs every and travel is approximately three hours (remember also that Chicago is on central time and Notre Dame is on EST).

For more information and prices, please visit coachusa.com.



Take the South Shore Line train directly from the Chicago Loop (corner of Michigan and Randolph). The train arrives at South Bend Regional Airport (about a two-hour trip).

A one-way fare starts at only $13.25 Monday through Friday. From the airport, the Saint Mary’s campus is 10 to 15-minute ride by rental car or taxi.

For weekend prices, reduced fares and more information, please visit mysouthshoreline.com.

Parking and Transportation:

Parking: There are no fees for parking at Saint Mary’s independent of staying on or off campus.

Staying off Campus:  If you are staying of campus and not driving, please check the bus services below:

Saint Mary’s / Notre Dame Transportation Services: saintmarys.edu/transpo

City of South Bend Transportation Services: sbtranspo.com/


On Campus: The Saint Mary’s Cyber Café  is open during the summer (limited hours 10am-5pm) during the week.

The Inn at Saint Mary’s is about 3 blocks away from where we are and has options for lunch and dinner.

Also, for dinner, we are adjusting our schedule this year to give you more time to have dinner out or cook in the dorms.

For participants interested in cooking, we will also organize be organizing rides to the supermarket if you are coming without a car. 


Off Campus:

There are several options within a quick-drive. A few recommendations are: the Eddy Strert Commons, located southeast of campus, The Morris Inn  and Legends at Notre Dame, in addition to several options downtown South Bend.

More to see in Notre Dame / South Bend:

  • South Bend Museum
  • University of Notre Dame
  • More coming soon!