yea, I'm probably going to rent a bit for sure, but If I do buy a house, it will be in San Hose area, which is only like half an hour drive away. Probably a bigger city there anyways!
But yea man, working vacation ftw!
My on-site interview is on Monday, wish me luck!
Totally recommend that you live in Palo Alto if you can. It feels more like a community than San Jose does because it's smaller, has a decent downtown, and it's easer to get around. Stanford is there as well as a lot of young people who work and live there so it's a lot easier to make friends and meet women than in other cities around the bay (except San Francisco, which is an amazing place to live). Might be able to get a decent sublease for the summer from a Stanford student that's leaving for the summer.
Engineers are being poached all the time here so don't worry too much about your initial salary. If you are a decent engineer you are likely to get unsolicited job offers with a higher salary in no time.
Good luck on the interview!