Construction Plan, Location & Climate
From the earliest days of the University, NDU’s administration has taken such great care to develop a physical infrastructure that would accommodate rather adequately its major academic needs. The year 2006-2007 witnessed the completion of its construction plan in the Kesrwan region (see Table 1 and Figure 1).

Table 1 Construction Area at the Main Campus

Unit Areas

Extension in M2

Percentage

Parking

18,450

21.04%

Faculties

17,000

19.38%

Dormitories

13,200

15.05%

Sports Facilities

9,500

10.83%

Academic Facilities

5,000

5.70%

Corridors

5,000

5.70%

Library & Research Centers

4,400

5.02%

Division of Continuing Education (DCE)

4,000

4.56%

Restaurant (Cafeteria)

2,900

3.31%

Theatre

2,500

2.85%

Admissions & SAO

2,350

2.68%

Administration

2,000

2.28%

Green Areas

1,400

1.60%

Total

87,700

100%

Figure 1 Percentage Distribution of Construction Area

Today, NDU takes pride in its three campuses which have become an essential part of its identity and which differentiate it from its peer institutions in Lebanon.

The Notre Dame University - Louaize Main campus is located in Zouk Mosbeh, a coastal area, 15 kms north of Beirut. At an altitude of 100 ms, the campus overlooks the beautiful bay of Jounieh. It affords easy access to the economic and social life of a growing urban area. Theaters, elegant shops, coastal resorts, all lie within a short driving distance from the University. Also accessible are Mount Lebanon winter tourist areas. The climate of Zouk Mosbeh is moderately cold from December to March and moderately hot from June to September. The Fall and Spring seasons are usually sunny and cool. On the average, there are 300 days of sunshine each year, a fact which allows for a variety of outdoor activities.

The NDU - North Lebanon Campus is located on the green hills of Barsa, a quiet village in Koura, at an altitude of 100 ms. The campus overlooks both the beautiful bay of El Mina–Tripoli, and the high mountains of Ehden and Bcharré. Moreover, it lies within a 10-15 minute driving distance from Tripoli, Zgharta, Chekka, and other villages in Koura. The clean and quiet environment and the moderate climate add to the charm and attraction of the campus.

The NDU - Shouf Campus is housed within the premises of St. Abda Monastery in Deir El-Kamar. The monastery, a historic place, is being restored not to its former state but to a standard that would maintain its traditional and aesthetic appeal. The visible benefits are everywhere in evidence. Today, rows of oak and pine trees surround the campus. The grassy evergreen slopes are well preserved. Visitors can easily admire the scenic beauty of the location. Beyond the University campus, the surrounding vicinity of Deir El-Kamar harmonizes gracefully with the monastery premises. This historic city is located in the central area of the Shouf region. It is 35 kms from Beirut and is just over 900 ms above sea level. In general, the region enjoys a moderate climate except for the winter months, when the temperature may drop to 7°C or below.