There is a lot to get sorted when you’re starting university, especially if you’re starting a nursing degree! Accommodation is one of those big things on the list that needs sorting! As a third year adult student nurse I have experience of living in halls, a student house and back home. Living in halls is great for your first year! When you’re initially torn away from your parents, it’s great to have flatmates around. However, I fully recommended when you apply for halls that you tick the box that states “With other people on my course” this way the university will try their best to accommodate you with others that will understand what you’re going through, especially when our term is longer than most and the other students return to family and friends back home. For your second year, you’ll most likely end up in a student house. Ensure you begin to look early otherwise houses will soon be in short supply. If going for a student house, I fully recommend you over think who your housemates will be. You are away from home and need a good support network, in my case I moved in with a few girls that I lived in halls with and for my situation this was best for me. You will have bills to split and a house to clean so it’s best to get to know them first! Finally, commuting from your family home. Ensure that your family home is a good and reasonable distance from the university and host placement sites. You don’t want to find yourself in the situation that it becomes to far to travel. I am a car driver and have never had a problem getting to placements, as well as it opening up further opportunities when community nursing. You seriously need to consider where you plan to reside if you are relying on public transport, especially if you’ve been scheduled a long day on placement, 0700 start and 19.30 finish. Living in hospital accommodation maybe an option. Overall, I’ve had a good experience in all accommodation settings, but a big recommendation is to research all aspects whichever you decide.