How I Saved For My Student Loans by Camping on Campus

It’s cheaper to pitch a tent outside the admininistration building than pay for a dorm.

Photo by Josh Giron

Stairwells Don’t Cost Rent

Before my final semester even started, I had decided to spend it without a dorm. I wasn’t particularly broke, mentally ill, or relishing the thought of sleeping on concrete. I simply didn’t want to add another $5,000 to my $100,000 in student debt. Especially when I had friends with couches and knew my way around that campus better than the police who work there.

My Campus Alarm Cop

According to, the average debt per student was $31,333 in 2017. FAU’s website estimates that an undergraduate living on campus would spend $23,246 in a school year, and that’s in-state tuition. Out-of-state is $37,246. FAU almost and does overtake that average debt in one year.

A journalist, photographer, designer and traveler, Andrew has hitchhiked over 2,500 miles and written on extreme budget travelling, homelessness, and more.

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