Grad student trades dorm for parking lot

January 19, 2010 9:31:29 AM PST
Duke University grad student Ken Ilgunas is beating the high cost of dorm life. He doesn't live in a dorm -- he lives in his old Ford Econoline van. He camps out rent free in a university parking lot. Ilgunas is from western New York. He tells the Buffalo News he wants to avoid running up student debt.

Ilgunas kept his unusual living arrangement secret for a year, until the online news site Salon ran an essay he had written. Ilgunas says he uses the bathroom and shower at a student gym.

As for his love life, all Ilgunas will say is that "girls like interesting guys."