So i just accepted a job at UNC healthcare in Chapel Hill and I'm quite excited about it. I am moving from out of state and I have no idea what the area is like. I've looked around quite a bit (online and when I was there for interviews) and I have a good idea of some places I would like to live however I have a few questions.
The nurse recruiter from HR recommended nearby areas like Southern Village to live. I agree those places are nice, but they are also pretty expensive comparatively. I know that parking at UNC (until you get off the waiting list for a parking spot) is the park and ride system which seems a little complicated and makes me want to live closer by. But based on what I've seen, I feel that most of the nicer options in the areas closer to the hospital are more expensive than say, Raleigh apts that are nicer. I feel like all the reasonably priced places are very old and out dated, which I would like to avoid if possible. Anyone have any advice on this?
Is traffic horrible between Raleigh and Chapel Hill? I was in the brier creek area and I loved it. Also, I saw south point mall area and liked it. Would it be a bad idea to live about 25 minutes from the hospital? Do most nurses that work at UNC live in that chapel hill area? Should I just live closer and deal with it? Does the park and ride system work well, meaning its possible to get to work on time? Any other suggestions for areas I could live? I'm young and single so I don't want to live in areas that are too family centered. I'd like to meet other people my age and have interesting things to do. Any help will be VERY appreciated. Thanks!!