I'm not sure if I want to live alone during 1L or find a roommate.
Financially, it makes a lot of sense. I'd either be able to spend less or get a better apartment for what I'd spend for a crappy studio not directly on the Metro. However, I've gotten used to living on my own, I like my own space. And taking out a little more in loans for a nicer living space might not be a bad idea, esp for my first year. (I just don't know how easy it is to get loans beyond the school's budget.)
I think a good roommate and separate bathrooms would be great, but a bad roommate situation could be awful. Then again, I wonder how likely I am to get a seriously bad roommate ala Single White Female, and as long as someone is (most) mature, employed or in school, and not totally dysfunctional, it won't be bad.
I'm going to GW, older than your average student, thinking about NoVA because I want to bring my car. I've found a few places that are reasonable, but not directly on the Metro line.
What are y'all planning on doing?