<p>i dont have extensive experience but:</p>
<p>some verano houses are fairly new. some are a little older, but you might get lucky.
i havent seen all then floor plans, but it seems like palo is bigger/have more room mates.
everything ive seen is very livable. VDC gives you free furniture (so you dont have to deal with moving stuff) and only in VDC can you get a single room partment-- if privacy is a huge deal to you.
and vdc is way nicer. duno if i'd say its worth more money, but you've have to look at it yourself.
and if ur a grad student, i would think you'd be too busy with classes and research to have time to "enjoy" the apartment life or whatever.
and internet is monitored at all three, so no heavy bittorrent.</p>
<p>-i could be wrong about some of this. i do NOT have extensive exp with the mostly graduate housing.</p>
<p>i wish i could give you more info. if you are considering going to certain labs, try asking some of the grad students in those labs.</p>