Lyons Hall


Lyons Hall


Constructed in 1925 as a residence for 195 men; One of the first residence halls to incorporate the proximity of the lake in its design (thus, the picturesque views of St. Mary's Lake through its archway); Dedicated in honor of Joseph Lyons, an English professor in the 1860's; Originally known as an honors hall; Converted in 1974 to Notre Dame's sixth residence hall for women; Hall leadership coordinates annual Mara Fox Run which raises funds for a scholarship of a former resident of Lyons Hall who was killed in 1993.


The architecture of Lyons Hall creates many unique room configurations. Approximately 40% of the rooms are singles and 30% are doubles. There are quite a few (~15%) 4-person suites, too. The remaining rooms are triples, 2-person suites, and 3-person suites. A few rooms have private bathrooms.

RECTOR: MS. Sarah Heiman



Raised on a farm in rural Nebraska, Sarah is thrilled to be joining the Notre Dame family and returning to her Midwestern roots from shoreline Connecticut. Her most recent ministry was at Mercy Center, a retreat and conference center sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, where she developed and led programmatic offerings to help people of all ages connect with the Sacred in self, others, and creation. Prior to that, she served for four years at Sacred Heart University overseeing retreats, faith development, and encouraging discipleship and student leadership. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Master of Divinity from Yale University where she first grew to appreciate the gifts young adults have to offer to the Church and the world. She looks forward to returning to the ministry of higher education and learning and living the history and traditions of Notre Dame. 

In anticipation of beginning her next chapter in ministry, Sarah said: “As Rector of Lyons Hall I look forward to passing along some of the same gifts I received as an undergraduate – intellectual engagement, affirmation, challenge, and compassionate support as I asked questions and developed an adult faith grounded in Scripture, theology, and in my own experience of God. I feel humbled and grateful to be called to minister in this role and to journey with these young women as they discern how to best use their gifts and talents in service to others and respond to God's call in their own lives.”

Established: 1925
Mascot/Nickname: Lions
Color: Black/Gold
Quad Location: South Quad
Chapel: All Souls' Chapel
Signature Event: Mara Fox Run



Number of Floors: 4
Number of Rooms: 111
Capacity: 203

Elevator? No
Air Conditioning? No
Study Room(s)? Yes
Exercise Room? Yes
Kitchen Access? Yes
Laundry Facilities? Yes
Sinks in Rooms? Yes
Modular Furniture? In Most Rooms

Recreation: Sand Volleyball Court, 3 Basketball Courts


Location on Campus Map
North: St. Mary's Lake
South: Rockne Memorial
East: Morrissey Hall
West: Health Services