Prospective UVa law student sleeps in a converted van to save costs
The Daily Progress Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 10 p.m.
Jeremy Kemp was trying to think of ways to shave down his cost of living while saving up to hike the Pacific Coast Trail in 2018, so he stopped paying rent.
Instead, he bought a cargo van for $5,000 and spent two weeks insulating it, building a bed and tacking patterned fabric to the ceiling. Now, he spends his nights in it and his days working in local restaurants and tutoring.
“If you think about it, the rental market doesn’t make that much sense here,” Kemp said. “The van’s not super glamorous, but it works.”
Average rent in Albemarle County and Charlottesville has been rising. The median cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the city is $930 per month, according to Apartment List.
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