I lived with roommates for four years, always coming home over the summers. The first three I anxiety; the fourth my anxiety was bordering on depression.
I was fine doing so, though I will admit for about the first three weeks I was really upset living with my friends and was trying to devise ways to move home. After that period, I started to enjoy myself and our Netflix and junk food nights. But those three weeks could be rough.
I think the nice thing about living with friends is that there's a good distraction there - instead of sitting at home all the time, upset, you can push past and focus on other things...as long as you're in a place where that's possible.
How far away is this new location? What kind of commitment would you need to have? Is there a way you could try it for a few months, and go from there?