02/04 This college student built a $15,000 tiny home instead of living in a dorm

Joel Weber and his tiny house

Joel Weber and his tiny house

Before enrolling at University of Texas at Austin, design major Joel Weber took one look at the rising cost of living for a struggling college student and knew dorm life wasn’t for him.

A room in one of the school’s residence halls costs roughly $1,135 per month. Off-campus is no less forgiving. The median rent for a one-bedroom in a nearby downtown district jumps to $1,913, according to real estate site Zumper.

So Weber tried down-sizing. He constructed a 145-square-foot tiny house in a friend’s backyard. It cost less than $15,000 to build, thanks to generous donations and a bit of resourcefulness.

Now the 25-year-old (who earned his associate’s degree and traveled before enrolling at UT – Austin as a sophomore) pays nothing in rent and plans to graduate debt-free.

Take a peek inside his unconventional “student housing” – http://www.techinsider.io/college-student-builds-tiny-house-2016-1


Elaine Walker