The struggle is impacting younger generations the most, especially college students and recent graduates who want to live independently of both college campuses and their parent’s homes but need an affordable housing option.
RVs are the answer for many.
Many college students and recent grads wonder whether you can live in an RV full-time while completing studies and finding a career. The short and simple answer is yes, you can.
However, wise students and grads should know that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. We’ve listed the benefits of full-time college life in an RV below, so you can decide whether this decision best suits your lifestyle.
Living in an RV Saves Money
We mentioned above that RVs offer an affordable housing alternative for many, including college students and recent graduates. Affordability is a variable depending on your location. Individual RV parks will offer different prices and include different amenities. College dorms also often come at different prices.
We will use national averages to demonstrate the affordability of RV living. The average cost of an RV park in the U.S. is around $45 per night. The average cost of a college dorm in the U.S. is $11,000 per school year. Most North American college school years feature two 15-week semesters, which comes out to 210 school nights. At $45 per night, you would pay around $9,450 to live in an RV for the school year, which saves you over $1,500. And you would own the RV instead of renting a dorm room.
Most RV Parks Are Safe for Students and Graduates
Saving over a thousand dollars per school year is a great incentive for RV living during college. However, many students wonder if RV parks are safe. Safety is another variable, just like affordability. It’s harder to compare safety variables, especially when comparing RV parks that fall under public jurisdiction and college campuses that may fall under private jurisdiction. You will need to research specific RV parks in your area to determine their safety.
RV park safety research claims that you have a less than 1% chance of being a victim of a major crime at an RV park. In comparison, there is a 19% chance you will fall victim to a crime on a college campus of 10,000 people.
RVs Require Minimal Maintenance
The major concern for most students and recent grads is the difficulty of maintaining an RV. Luckily, RVs require minimal maintenance. While you will need to perform standard upkeep with a good floor mat cleaner and steering wheel cleaner and perform routine inspections like you would a car, you shouldn’t need to worry about making any big repairs yourself.
The biggest maintenance question is: “when is the best time of year to move your RV,” since leaving an RV sitting too long can damage the tires. You should move your RV every three months if possible, to prevent this tire damage, which should coincide with your semester schedule.
You can, and you should, live in an RV full-time while in college. RV living can help you save money and stay safe with few maintenance worries. After college and starting your career, you can sell a well-maintained RV for quick cash or continue your RV lifestyle.
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