So as the title suggests, I'm now considering commuting from home to my law school instead of taking out extra $$ for living expenses. I'm roughly 15-20 minutes away from the school (Villanova). I'm primarily concerned with the effect it'll have on my social life (which by my calculation, will be severely limited to begin with). I'm also coming straight from undergrad.
So to all you commuters, do you ever feel disadvantaged (socially, school-wise, etc) by commuting to school and living at home with your family... as opposed to living in an apartment where other law students live? I'm a bit worried about leaving the "law school mentality" when I go home, as I might get lazy/not work as hard as when I'm surrounded by others going through the same thing all day. Does anyone feel like this, or is it a breathe of fresh air to get away from it all when you go home? I'm planning on staying at the school all day to do work and go to class, and only going home for dinner and sleeping. I'm figuring by living at home, I won't have to pay anything beside tuition... which will leave me anywhere from 20,000-30,000 saved in living expenses.
Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated!
EDIT: Actually, mods, if you see this, if you could put this in the FAQ... it may be better suited for there.
Depending on the school, a lot of people live off campus to begin with. I would be more concerned about living with family, who may not be used to the amount of studying you will be doing now. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in the library, but if you think your family home is a good environment, you shouldn't have a problem.