Marie Drayton

Nursing student Marie Drayton shares her experiences of living in hospital accommodation.

Studying while living in hospital accommodation has been a really positive experience for me. I’ve not had to worry about moving every year, and because I live on the hospital grounds, getting to work is just a short walk. All my bills (including parking, internet and more) are included in my rent, and

I’m living with five other healthcare students, sharing two bathrooms and one kitchen. The flat has pretty much everything you could need, and I’ve become great friends with my flatmates. We bonded quickly, and often cook together and hang out in each other’s rooms. 

The facilities are great and you are also well looked after – if anything breaks then I simply email the accommodation office and it is sorted out quickly - usually the same day. you even get cleaners once a week who supply toilet rolls, bin bags, fresh tea towels and bath mats for no extra charge.

Living near to the hospital made perfect sense for me because I spent a lot of time on placement or working, but the university was still easy to get to for my lectures.

All things considered, living in hospital accommodation has been both convenient and enjoyable, and something I’m happy to recommend to other healthcare students.