Thanks i will have to look at each of them more closely. I'm basically looking for cheapest option for my girlfriend and I but it still needs to be fairly close (5-10 min). I just wanted to get a basic sense of what people prefer.
Gateway is overpriced. Look at the Short North below 5th Ave or Victorian Village (Sonnenblick is nice, though I've heard the new management isn't as good as the old).
You could even look downtown or German Village if you're willing to be a 10-15 minute drive (on city streets) away.
Harrison West is also a great neighborhood and really close to campus. You really want to visit, though, as neighborhoods switch from really nice to really sketch pretty quickly.
A good rule of thumb re prices is that $1 per sq. foot is a top-end threshold. You should be able to find a good place in a decent neighborhood for less.