Yeah, I was thinking if I was to live outside of the district, it would be in Maryland as oppossed to Virginia, because of location and the commute. While visiting, I liked the Tacoma Park area straddling the boundry of DC/Maryland; I've also heard that a lot of CUA students live in Silver Spring as well (which seemed decent, but more affordable).
Yeah that's a good point and it should be reiterated. Do NOT under any circumstances let a realtor talk you into living in PG County. There are many reasons for this that don't need to be fully explained. Best to simply avoid it. Some parts of Silver Spring are ok, but traffic in Montgomery County is even worse than in VA from what I've seen. Best bet is still Arlington. It will be well worth the extra money you'll likely pay.