Hi misnic626! Congrats on nursing school
I just started the accelerated program at OCU (Fall 2013). I, too, am from out of state. If you are looking for a place to live, many of my classmates surprisingly chose to live in Edmond, OK. It is about 20 minutes from school, but it is a safer and more affordable alternative to living around OCU's campus. If you are living by yourself, I would NOT recommend living in the area directly around OCU.....kind of sketchy. I actually live near downtown, but it is pretty pricey. I opted out of not living on campus because of how expensive it was. I hope you find your transition goes well. The people of Oklahoma are much friendlier than the ones from my home state.
Now onto the topic of school.....nursing textbooks aren't too expensive (relatively speaking), but they are when you have to buy about 12 in your first semester alone. I didn't know if I would need the textbooks to study for the NCLEX, so I bought all of mine to keep. BIG MISTAKE. I plan on selling mine after this semester is over, I don't think I will need them after finals. That being said, rent your textbooks or get the e-book version (I did this for a couple of mine, LOVE IT). Better yet, get an older edition for half the price. Some of my classmates did this and the discrepancies are minimal. The page numbers may not match up, but the content is all the same. Sorry I am talking about textbooks so much! I hope that helps.
Lastly, it took me awhile to figure out what to expect on a nursing school exam. I have a B.A. in Chemistry already and I initially thought that I had mastered the art of studying. I was wrong. Chemistry/Biology classes and nursing classes are like two different languages. Both are trying to communicate similar fundamental facts, but with different rules. You may know how to LEARN and RETAIN information, but how you APPLY that information is a completely different story. There is not much you can do at this point before starting the semester, but just be aware of that fact. ALSO, read your books. I know that may sound silly (I never really had to in my previous degree) but the professors do pull questions directly from the text that were not mentioned in class.
Good luck! Glad to have you join the family.