I would go for it. what a lot of people said about doing this stuff before you get tied down with responsibilities is dead on. HOWEVER, I think you need to keep you eyes open. CA is not this nirvana people make it out to be. They have the highest unemployment rate in the US (http://www.bls.gov/lau/) and one of the largest budget deficits. At some point they are going to have to get their finances in order that will most likely mean much higher taxes and a dramatic scaling back of the government freebies like the tuition deals.