I am Mahmoud, a 6th year medical student from Jenin. This is my 3rd year using the flats.
In my personal experience, living away from my family proved to be difficult at first. Being able to stay at the flats with my fellow colleagues and friends really helped me in my studies. I was less homesick when surrounded by students who are also far away from their families.
It is always better to wake up at 7:30 to reach the hospital than having to wake up at 5 or even 4 am in order to make it on time! This way I have more energy and I am more focused.