After much deliberation, number crunching, and well, lots of thinking, we have decided where our little family will live during the first year of our law school adventure. Originally we were set on choosing option 2 -- the price seemed to good to be true and I (Cheesecake Mama) loved the idea of having a washer and dryer in our apartment. But after talking to the management, we found out that we couldn't apply until the end of May. They also told us that many of the residents would be staying for the next year so she couldn't really promise us any chance of getting an apartment there. We thought about putting down a deposit on another place while we waited to see if we could get into option 2, but decided that would be a very expensive gamble. So with that, option 2 left the table.
Choosing between option 1 and 3 was tricky. Both offered a lot of the same things, but option 1 required us to pay gas and electric. We are currently paying for both in our apartment and the bills can get as high as $100 a month. With that in mind we realized that OPTION 3 was our best choice! Even though the rent is higher, we would only be worrying about the electricity bill. All in all, our cost of living would end up being very similar to what we pay now, but we would be living in a bigger and better apartment very close to campus! We are so excited and can't wait to move into our new home!