bwaldorf wrote:How annoying will the commute from downtown be?
I lived downtown during 1L - would have hated it without my car and parking permit. With those two though, I really liked it. More bang for your buck space wise than around campus and plenty of food and such around. Definitely look before jumping in though - some areas are a bit sketch, but there's some really nice buildings.
Public transit can work - but it's not a fun commute when carrying textbooks. It would have been better if I had been closer to the stop though.
Worth noting - if you're younger and/or single, campus area is probably a better bet. I moved there with my SO and so missing out on some of the nearby social scene didn't hurt.