I would check with the local housing office at your university because they get complaints from students if certain apartments don’t fit or aren’t responsive to student needs.
Ask them if they have an apartment rental guide. In the guide, it will tell you what to ask when renting, and has questions that you typically wouldn’t think to initially ask; it’s a checklist. Also, if later you decide to have a roommate, what are the rules for that? Can they have their own lease for sharing the apartment?
Our daughter had to take an apartment near her new hospital assignment during Covid.
We looked into several apartments in one weekend and had to make a quick decision because of Covid.
We based it on safety services, personal parking next to her apartment, and security for herself as well as visitors (and delivery protection services for her Amazon packages).
For internet and cable services, she had to purchase the cable company’s kit.
She didn’t realize how lonely it could get, so she borrowed a tv from her friend.
Plus she also needed a budget for:
-FOOD and cooking/cutting supplies. Cups/Plates/cutlery
-light bulbs ( some people take the light bulbs when they move!)
-Cleaning supplies (including a vacuum-some apartments have carpet in 2nd stories to limit noise) trash cans, broom/mop, laundry soap, dawn, bleach, etc.
-bathroom supplies (toilet paper, toothpaste, hand soap, shampoos, etc.)
-We had to buy her a printer.
- and miscellaneous items like grooming supplies.
Living by herself meant that she had to absorb all of the costs by herself. She needed to live there for a year for her assignment. So she borrowed or went to stores for lamps, trash cans, etc. The thrift stores were closed during Covid but you should have that option because some are now open.
It was more secure, faster and cheaper to order her table and chairs set from Wayfair; she put it together using the toolkit we had purchased for her.
Her costs for the rent were similar to what you’ve posted.
My suggestion would be for the less expensive apartment with the caveat that it needs to have safety measures and a responsive management staff.