When I moved in my place, I just told the apartment office that I was a law student and I would be paying for rent out of my student loans. They understand. Chances are they have dealt with student tenants before. Doubling of rent is quite drastic. I would try harder to find a place close to the school with cheaper rent. However, the 2 hours each way would definitely be detrimental to your studies. Time is your most precious asset during your 1L year. I barely had enough to sleep. In addition, I'm sure the 4 hour drive each day is going to take its toll on you. You do not need extra stress on top of what law school dishes out to you. Plus, with gas prices being so volatile nowadays, you can't be sure that driving 4 hours each day is going to end up saving you money.