It's been awhile since I have logged on here as well. I'm glad I did because I just got a couple questions answered that have been bugging me, such as being able to use Vista for exams (SO glad you can!) and the cost of textbooks.
I agree the housing situation is ridiculous in San Diego! I went down last weekend with a painstakingly prepared list of places to look at gathered from Craigslist and 1/3 of the places were rental agencies charging a fee and the other 2/3 rented the day they posted. I had really good fortune though, and was able to nag a 2br/2bth place in OB a block from the beach for a fair price. I'll be sharing with a friend and I think it will work out just fine. (Except for only having one assigned parking space to fight over!)
Tomorrow is my last day at work, then I have a week to pack, will be going to Ohio for a week for a family reunion, then straight to San Diego. I also went back and walked around campus last weekend, it was a stereotypically beautiful San Diego day, the campus absolutely sparkled in the sunlight. It's like going to school at Balboa Park! SDSU (my undergrad) has some nice parts of campus but all of USD is beautiful! Anyway, I just wanted to share that I am officially excited now