Affordable Living, Bay Area Style

Home sweet home. (Shutterstock photo)

Home sweet home.
(Shutterstock photo)

Meet Brandon, the young Google employee who lives in a $10,000 moving van parked in a Google parking lot

The idea started to formulate while Brandon — who asked to withhold his last name and photo to maintain his privacy on campus — was interning at Google last summer and living in the cheapest corporate housing offered: two bedrooms and four people for about $65 a night (roughly $2,000 a month), he told Business Insider.

“I don’t actually own anything that needs to be plugged in,” he explains on his blog. “The truck has a few built-in overhead lights, and I have a motion-sensitive battery-powered lamp I use at night. I have a small battery pack that I charge up at work every few days, and I use that to charge my headphones and cellphone at night. My work laptop will last the night on a charge, and then I charge it at work.”

The space is sparse and minimal, he says: “The main things that I have are a bed, a dresser, and I built a coat rack to hang up my clothes. Besides that, and a few stuffed animals, there’s pretty much nothing in there.”


This is a smart kid, socking away 90% of his income because his living expenses are so low.

But mostly I like him because as he noted himself, he brought his stuffed animals with him.


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