Founded in 1851, Notre Dame de Namur University is the fifth-oldest university in California. The Catholic school is situated in Belmont, California, wedged between the bay area's hubs of Silicon Valley and San Francisco. This appealing location and a long tradition of academic success has convinced more than a few prospective students to rent an apartment near Notre Dame de Namur as they pursue their education. Nowadays, enrollment at the school as reached more than 1,000 undergrads and almost 800 graduate students, split between the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Management and the School of Education and Leadership.
When the school opened more than 150 years ago, Notre Dame de Namur offered only undergraduate liberal arts programs. Since then, students with nearby apartments have been able to take advantage of the school's location near Silicon Valley and San Francisco as they complete degrees in computer information systems as well as business administration. In addition, the university is known regionally for its performing arts programs, which put on music, dance and theatre productions throughout the academic year.
The lifestyle for students with apartments near Notre Dame de Namur benefits from both the bustling campus and the exciting atmosphere in Belmont. On campus, students routinely turn out to support the Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts, whose soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball softball and tennis teams compete in the NCAA's Division-II Pacific West Conference. Off campus, the excitement of the Bay Area lingers, drawing many students to the restaurants and shops in Belmont and San Francisco.