Welcome to APUG, Zac -- the more the merrier! Good luck with your pursuit of an MFA -- my only comment would be that housing costs in the Stanford/Palo Alto area are likely to be higher than some of your other choices, though perhaps you'll have some on-campus housing available. I grew up in the Los Altos/Mountain View area, and used to tease my father for not buying several acres of downtown Sunnyvale (or Milpitas, for that matter) when we moved to the area in 1960. Who knew?