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Student lives in tent to save on rent

Every now and then an amazing student money saving story pops up. This one doesn’t disappoint.

Our National Student Money Survey this year showed that students spend an average of £406 on rent every month. When you consider that the maintenance loan is about £480 a month for most students you can understand why some turn to drastic measures.

We’ve reported on a student who lived in a boat in order to save money, and another student who lived in a van to graduate debt-free. Well, these trailblazers have now been joined by Evan Eames, an astrophysics student at the University of Manchester.

He decided to camp in a tent in a back garden in Manchester for a year to save himself a bit (well a lot) of cash.

After Evan, who is from Canada, discovered the whopping cost of his £20,000 international student tuition he turned to reddit (here). All he asked was for a small spot in someones back yard in exchange for cooking and washing up a few dishes.