goodgrief wrote:Question: How common is pet friendly housing in South Bend? I have a dog and a cat, and I really, really don't want to leave them with my parents in Texas. Also, I know that Notre Dame has an honor code that extends into personal lives, but I've been living with, and plan to continue living with, my fiance. Is this actually a problem or is it mostly ignored?
Also, schools in South Bend - my fiance is a teacher, but has been affected by the mass layoffs and education budget cuts in Texas, making him extra glad to relocate with me. What are the schools in the SB area like?
If you live off campus, it doesn't matter whether you live with him. In my apartment complex, pets are allowed...but I'm not sure how many other complexes are similar.
Regarding schools, the market here is not great either. If elementary, the best bet is the Penn Harris Madison schools in Mishawaka/Granger. They are a solid public school system, especially when compared to SB Community Schools which are a mess. There are also many Catholic elementary/middle schools (St. Joseph, Holy Family, Holy Cross, St. John the Baptist, etc...).
High schools, again you want to stay out of SB Community Schools (Washington, Adams, and Riley especially...Clay I don't think is quite as bad). There are also Penn (PHM) and Mishawaka. Penn is the best public school in the area, but it is a decent distance from ND (25 min- ish). Mishawaka is not as good, but better than the SB publics. Catholic high schools St. Joseph and Marian are solid, the best schools in the city (Marian is in Mishawaka, but only 15 minutes from ND).