Hey. I'm one of the dudes who flamed you for going to MMI months ago and tried to talk you out of it =)
Aside from that, you're on the right track avaoiding school housing. Those apt complex's have nasty bouts with motorcycle theft becaust the thieves know that new students are always coming into town, and many of them don't get set up with locks right away.
I wasn't a party animal either. I was there to learn, and then get out of there. Hit up Craigslist for sure. Def try to get a spot in a garage, or at least a spot where you can park your bike behind a fence away from street view. Other than that...good luck out there! Have fun. You will learn some things. I won't rehash old arguments ;-) Enjoy meeting new people,the excitement of it all. I know I was excited. Phoenix was an interesting town. Try to go hiking at a place that used to be called Squaw Peak east several miles off Glendale ave. Nice hike, great views. Other than that, I was there in '95-'96, so I'm sure too much has changed as far as restaurants, hangouts, etc.
Take care =)