1st floor or 3rd floor of apartment?
The third floor will get you in really good shape. I had a fourth floor apartment once and got stuck in the elevator and took the stair thereafter. Had a bunch of friends over one Sunday to play cards and watch sports and up the stairs they came. Sure could tell who was out of shape and who wasn't. You will also get much better looking legs. First floor is not as safe plus you hear everyone over you walking around unless it is really insulated. I would chose the upper floor if it was the top floor just because of the noise plus you get a better view. Just grocery shop when your bf is home and able to run down and help haul stuff up. Never thought about fire tho. . .always be sure you have working smoke detectors whereever you live. That can save your life. It did mine.
I live on the first floor and I haven't had any problems, I just don't answer the door after dark and I look out the peep hole if it is dark and I tell people I know to call me to let me know they are coming..so far so good..I wouldn't want to walk up stairs either..Only thing about the 2nd or 3rd floor is that if there is a fire how are you going to get out fast,that what I would be thinking of..good luck
3rd would be my choice. Even though the stairs would be a pain, decreased noise (water running down the walls for 3 floors plumbing isn't quiet!) , plus 3 floors of people rumbling the stairs would make the first floor less than desirable.
I would prefer the third floor if the view is good :P