I'm starting ALS this August. My girlfriend and I actually came down in April to apartment hunt for the day in hopes of getting it out of the way. We saw an absolutely dreadful place on South Swan (the current tenant was being evicted), an overpriced and somewhat rundown apartment on Park, and then, much to my relief, a nicer, more tolerable place on a side street off Oakwood. Sorta pricey, but I'm fortunate enough to at least have my girlfriend to split it with. It seems like there's a lot of variaton in terms of neighborhood quality here. The same street can be beautiful in one spot and disgusting further down.
I'm looking forward to getting started with school. The only slight frustration I have had so far is with the financial aid office, which has given me some conflicting answers to questions. I just got my bill, which has a scholarship credit, but none of my loans yet applied. (I assume this is normal, but what do I know).