Students coming to the University of Bristol have learned that they will be living in Wales for the foreseeable future.
Dozens of students who accepted places at the university have not been offered any accommodation in the city.
Instead, they've been told there are university rooms available in the village of Langford - 14 miles from campus - or across the River Severn in Newport, which is over 30 miles away.
For those looking to live in Bristol, the university has suggested that students look for privately rented accommodation, which can be a more expensive choice.
The lack of student homes nearby is down to the university accepting more students than there are rooms available, after a steady increase in student numbers over the last few years.
Speaking to ITV West Country, the university's Pro-Vice Chancellor, Sarah Purdy, admitted that the lack of student accommodation is a problem but that steps are being taken to resolve it.
For the 25 students moving in to halls in Newport, the daily commute would be around 45 minutes, including a daily drive over the Severn Bridge.
The university has offered a free bus pass, but current timetables show the last direct bus from Bristol to Newport is currently at 6pm.
Around 40 students are also believed to be moving into halls in Langford, the village where the Bristol Veterinary School is based.
One mature student who could not find accommodation in Bristol, said that considering halls in Newport was 'a week of hell on Earth'. She said that the whole process of looking for accommodation 'triggered anxiety' and made her child have anxiety attacks.
The university's inability to accommodate all new students in Bristol has been criticised by the Student Living Officer at Bristol Students' Union.
The University of Bristol states that around 6,000 students have successfully found accommodation in halls within the city this year and has stressed that the plan is for those to be based in Langford and Newport is on a temporary basis.