The cost of living in Maine can be expensive as compared to other places in the country. The housing market is going through the roof and renting isn't exactly cheap anymore. The Augusta area is a nice area. You are about 1 hour from Portland if you want to go shopping but close to downeast coast also if you want to go for the day to the coast. There are several small towns that are nice around Augusta. There are also several hospitals in the area that you could apply to-- Maine General Augusta Campus, Maine General Waterville campus, Inland, Togus, but also loads of homehealth and clinics. I guess it all depends on what you want to do for nursing.