VIDEO – Take a look inside: Student Joel Weber builds his own tiny house to avoid debt
With the cost of higher education it's no surprise students are thinking creatively about ways to stay debt free.
One student built his own house so he could see his bank balance in the black.
It took Joel Webber nearly a year to put together and kit out a 145 square ft miniature home at a cost of €18,000.
The one bedroom place has a kitchen, bathroom, living room and a staircase.
He got help from local tradesmen to install full plumbing and electricity.
Mr Webber is in his third year in the University of Texas.
He decided to build the home to avoid paying rental fees of more than €450 per month. And he already has plans to improve it in the future.
Including installing solar panels and a rain collector.
One downside is the house doesn't have a toilet, he has to use a family friends facilities to spend a penny.
Many families in the US have downsized to have more disposable income.
The 25 year-old says he feels that this could be his home forever.