I would live near the school. Houston traffic is bad.
Are there any condos other than inside the inner loop? I really don't want a yard, but my only options right now are full sized homes with yards. What's up with that? Oh well, I suppose I'll find out this weekend. I'm slated to look at anywhere from 15 to 30 homes in the $115k to $135k range. I will post results when I get back.
I bought a house this weekend! It's on the border of Pearland and Houston in the no man's land of Harris County. Brand new community. All the areas are Brunswick something or another. It's off 288 and Beltway 8 exit Cullen & make a U-turn. Incredibly reasonably priced, it will be complete at the end of June. It's only 20 minutes from U of H but still very safe. Apparently it's the new hotspot for the new doctors and residents. Oh yeah, and it's not a floodzone. I'm so excited!