Updated Walnut Creek, California
If money is not too much of an issue (and even if money is a bit of an issue), I recommend living on campus. I understand that you live 2 hours away from the university/college of your choice in Azusa. THAT's a long way. I grew up in Glendale, CA and went to USC. I was only 15 miles from the University of Southern California, and I commuted. I don't have too many regrets in life. But, I truly regret not living on or near campus for college. I missed out on a big part of the college experience by not living on or near campus. I saved me and my folks some money by living at home while going to USC. But, I wish I was on campus. "Fight On."