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 How have you changed your living arrangements to help fit your budget? Send us your stories and photos for an upcoming feature. (iStock)The financial odds seem stacked against young people in Canada today.

For students, university tuition is expensive and the average graduate leaves school with about $24,000 of debt. By 2017, the cost of a university degree is expected to be nearly $7,500.

It's estimated that some 100,000 young Canadians work unpaid internships - ranging in length from a couple of weeks of fulltime hours to several months, if not longer. Some of these young people have to pay tuition on top of already working for free.

For young employees, the situation seems bleak too. About 11 per cent of workers under 30 are employed in non-permanent jobs. For Ontarians under 24 years old, joblessness is more prominent than anywhere else in Canada.

With all these financial stresses, how do young people find the money for rent or home ownership?

We want to hear your cheap(er), creative living stories.

Do you share a bedroom or house with just a few more roommates than the space can handle? Do you live in a tiny Vancouver laneway house to help make ends meet? Are you bunkering down in a camper van or house boat for some of the year to save a few bucks?

How have you changed your living arrangements to help fit your budget?

Send your stories and photos to or with the subject line "Housing alternatives."

Don't feel like writing? Make a YouTube video or SoundCloud recording and send the link to

You can also tag your tweets and Instagram posts with #AltHousing.

We'll be featuring some of the best stories in an upcoming post.

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