wswalt wrote:What does everyone think of the Santa Clara area? I keep reading about strip malls being everywhere, but I have never been. I am visiting this week. Are you guys thinking of living in Santa Clara/San Jose or more north closer to the bay?
Yes, strip malls are abundant, but living too far north puts you at risk for dealing with massive traffic. I was informed by various apartment managers this weekend that even living too far north up El Camino Real can up your commute to 45 minutes.
So, while Santa Clara doesn't look to be the most attractive city on Earth, I am opting to live as close to campus as possible, at least for 1L. I want to be able to focus on my studies and, to me, a lengthy commute will not help me do that.
Also, I heard some parts of SJ can be dangerous, so you might want to check the crime statistics for any neighborhood you are considering.