I had no idea that it is somewhat hard to secure a place on university grounds to live in. At first, I was disappointed when I didn't have any luck with living on school grounds. However, instead, I get to live in Edinburgh University flats that I found on my own, and living there is much better than being stuck living at school all the time. Having a flat makes me feel more like an adult and the privacy is a really nice thing, too!
After I moved into my own place, many of my student friends have told me that they are envious of where I live. Everyone who lives in the building is a student, but we don't have school administrators breathing down our necks all the time with really strict rules. We follow the rules of the building owner, which match the typical types of rules that most building owners have for tenants anywhere. I also like the privacy that I get with my own place. In a dorm, you are almost always forced to live with a roommate to keep costs down for the school. But with a flat, I can live there by myself if I want or choose someone to room with. Personally, I feel it's best to not have a roommate because you never know if someone is going to be loud, play music, have too many friends over or party too often. I get to live how I want to and have quiet all the time.
Since there are only students in my building, I can easily leave my place and go out to meet my student neighbors. At night, we sometimes get together to study, talk about school or other things we need support with and things like that. After that conversation ends, I can still go to my own place for a quiet night of study and sleep with no one else to bother me.