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.MASSHOLE.As others have said you need to consider the following:
1. Does your school allow you to live off-campus as a freshman?
2. Where will you park it?
3. How will you integrate yourself socially?
4. How will you eat?
5. Where will you go to the bathroom and shower?
Really, 1&2 are the most important. 3-5 are secondary to the first two since if you can't do it, the rest doesn't matter.
OregonDeadGood things to consider but I think you have the order of importance pretty much backwards. I work at a college and we actually have students that are doing this all the time. Almost always it does not seem to be a successful endeavor.
I think the key to success is mental health and that is tied closely to physical health. Showering and socially appropriate defecation are key to mental health. (if you cannot manage these 2 basics you are not a healthy student) Eating healthy is also key to mental health.
Finding a place to stay is the easy part compared to managing the mental part for the vast majority in this situation. Most probably have some mental health issue, or drug or alcohol issue, or a criminal record.
College is a stressful time and it's a common time for people to come down with issues like alcoholism or schizophrenia or other issues. Even if someone has a nice rig and a place to park right off of campus these issues can make it totally impossible to manage.
TLDR: take care of yourself OP and listen to your friends if things start to slip so you get help before you end up hording more than just pee in jars in your van.
.MASSHOLE.I mean, if he can't live off campus as a freshman it's a moot point is it not?
Same can be said for parking. If the closest place to park is over 30 minutes away then that's an hour, minimum, spent traveling a day. Now assume the van breaks down. What next? What about inclement weather? Some people may not care about this (or so they'd claim) but all it'll take is a few long days to make one change their mind.
You do raise an important part and that's isolation. I didn't really address it because I figured he could spend a lot of post-class time at the gym, library, dining halls, or friends' rooms. I knew a few local students when I was at UVM who did that but it wasn't super common.
But the hard part is getting to know people which is why I had that as point 3.
But, as I said in the last post and again in this one, 4 and 5 really are dependent upon 1 and 2. If you can't do it or live close by (relatively speaking), nothing else matters.
mystery3As long as it's "DOWN BY THE RIVER" you should be good.
finderAs a skier in the process of saving up for a van build, I don't plan on living in one during the school year until grad school. It's kind of a social thing for me, as I'd go insane living alone in a van during the school year, and the social aspect is pretty important for the first few years imo. From several years of experience winter camping, temperature probably won't be your biggest issue, especially if you have a decent sleeping bag and some blankets. The real pain in the ass will be humidity. I have a 10ºF sleeping bag that I pair with a liner that is supposed the temp rating by 20º, and have never really been cold. I do keep a down jacket and plenty of wool nearby just in case, but only use them if it's insanely cold.
I don't have much experience sleeping in a car, but moisture seems to be the same issue, probably worse. I've heard of people putting cat litter in socks. If anyone has any energy efficient dehumidifiers that can be run off of an auxiliary battery without an inverter, lmk.
DirtYStylEMy friend lives in a van. He works in silicon valley. Rent is stupid high and the winters are mild so it makes sense.
You need 15k to pull this off and that is less than 4 years rent... so yeah you could save some money but it won't be worth it. College is stressful as fuck and you don't want to go home to a smelly van.
everlastya i bet he gets a lot of pussy living in that shaggin wagon shithole of a van he lives in
McNocheWhat account number you on now?
tommy_salamiI've been perusing craigslist here in Maine for a utility van / compact RV / mini bus to convert into a furnished camper in an effort to survive without paying out the nose for room and board. Any personal experience with this? I think it could be pretty sick with proper insulation, lights, ventilation, a pee jar, etc. I'm a pretty low-maintenance person but it would certainly be a major send. Thoughts?