i was considering a commute from Detroit to Toledo for UT Law, which is approx. 2.5 drive each way. When i went to visit the school in Toledo and mentioned my commuting plans to current students, they ALL told me the same thing. DON'T DO IT. they said that doing a commute is obviously do-able, but it eats away at your study time. while you're driving the 4-5 hrs roundtrip, other students are going to be studying or doing extra curricular activities.
between that good point, and the rising cost of gas, i opted to go to school locally instead. you may want to consider doing a student rental that's closer to your school.