Staying at home vs. moving out Watch
He sometimes regrets it, as he isn't close to the city and so has to travel a lot, and he isn't close enough to anyone to just drop in. It would be 1 or 2 bus journeys, of at least 45 minutes.
Although he doesn't live with his parents and so has had freedom and independance already, he doesn't have to be in at any time etc. He really enjoys living where he is now, it a good situation.
As above it would depend on the type of experience you want. I know my friend does like to have time alone to ponder. If you have trouble being social I would say jump in the deep end and move to halls. If you tend to make friends really easily and are happy traveling then it's a matter of evaluating your situation at home. Would your parents be ok with a uni lifestyle? Would you be able to do enough work without the stress parents around getting to you?
I'd also take into consideration the costs of commuting. Are you really going to be saving that much money?