Notre Dame's Student Family Housing began following World War II when students who had fought in the war returned to finish their degree. These veterans were now married and so the University sought new housing arrangements for them.
Vetville was created and placed at, what was at that time, the edge of campus (now the site of Hesburgh Library). Notre Dame acquired surplus military baracks for Vetville and they were used until the early 1960's when University Village was constructed to provide modern housing for student families at Notre Dame.
Fifty years later the Village continues to offer students and their families the opportunity to experience living on campus.