Both of my parents kept telling me of the wonderful experiences they had taking a year or two of schooling abroad. They hyped up the dorm experience of our domestic universities too. I was going into my third year and was spending time learning abroad. I already had one semester of dorm experience, and I was never repeating that again. This was especially true in another country. Instead, I began to study student flats in Edinburgh that were for rent. Some of the spaces were shared, but I could have a sleeping area to myself. The dorms in the States were absolutely not to my liking.
I like to sleep when I am tired. I cannot tune out a roommate no matter how hard I try. I barely got through one semester with a roommate, and he was actually a quiet guy. He would eat cereal late at night, and I could hear every crunch. He actually would chew every bite a set number of times before swallowing. Hey, when you are trying to sleep it is tough to count sheep when you are counting how many times granola is being chewed! That ringing sound the spoon made when it hit the glass bowl did not help either. I needed a space to sleep by myself.
The student flats in Edinburgh had private rooms. You have a bed, a small desk and a place to put your belongings. Kitchen and bathroom areas are shared as are other communal spaces such as a living room. Some flats have a private bathroom, but I was also on a budget. I had some trepidation of what I was getting myself into by spending a year studying in Scotland, but I actually am enjoying it. Having my own place to sleep that has a door that I can use to shut everyone else is a real help. I actually want to make the best of my education, and I take it very seriously.