Not too easy. Not too difficult.
South Bend has some fun bars, but there is definitely some crime in the area. One should always take a taxi. Luckily for students, the rate is only $3 per person at night. Campus for the most part is safe besides some rare incidents. Overall lots of fun to be had at the right places.
Obviously football is the main sport, but all varsity sports get attendance and Notre Dame consistently fields good teams in a variety of sports. Intramural are fun and many people play them. Many sports offered from the famed full pad-full contact football for the men, to coed broom ball.
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Hard to give a perfect rating to almost anything because there is always room for improvement, but I am glad I lived in the dorm for three years before moving off. Some dorms are better than others (air conditioning, lofted beds, etc.), but everyone makes the best of their living situation. Made many close friends in my dorm that remain to this day.