Here's why it's so easy to live at Google, from employees who have done it

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He's not the first to try it out.

For nearly two years, one employee and his wife lived in a small RV in the lot of the tech giant's Mountain View, California, headquarters.

After speaking with these Googlers, it's hard to argue with their logic. In addition to saving on egregious rental prices in the Bay Area, they've got a pretty sweet setup.

Here's why it's so easy to pull off:

1. They have 24/7 access to Google's buildings. This means every necessity is at their fingertips: showers, bathrooms, laundry, electricity, and the goldmine of other company perks.

2. They get free food. Googlers are well fed. In addition to healthy and gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, there are coffee and juice bars scattered throughout campus.

The most recent campus resident -- 23-year-old Brandon, who has already saved over $10,000 since moving into the parking lot -- tends to eat all three meals at work, he tells Business Insider. With essentially no housing or food costs, he hasn't felt guilty exploring San Francisco's restaurant scene on the weekends.

3. Security is chill. "It is very likely technically in violation of some obscure code or city ordinance," programmer Ben Discoe, who lived on Google's campus for over a year starting in 2011, wrote on Quora. That being said, the company isn't preventing it. "Google Security came by very early on, but once they determined that the guy in the mysteriously parked white van was just an eccentric Googler and not the Unabomber, they never came by again."

More recently, Brandon had a similar friendly run-in with security after getting home late from a movie one evening. He says he was greeted by about 10 security personnel that night, but after showing them his corporate badge -- and even offering to move the truck -- they apologized for waking him and even said he had a "sweet setup."

4. They can work out on campus. Employees get free fitness classes and gym access. Brandon has made it part of his morning routine to hit up the corporate gym before starting his work day, he told Business Insider.

5. The company is big enough to stay on the down low. Two of the "unspoken rules" of on-campus living are to park away from your building and to draw as little attention to your living situation as possible, the RV couple, Pete and Kara, told Business Insider. Plus, from a professional standpoint, you don't want to be known as "that guy" living in the parking lot.

Luckily, the size of the campus lends itself to abiding by this rule. Google says the number of employees based out of Mountain View is "about the sum of the first 200 natural numbers" (20,100).

6. They get free WiFi. The company's WiFi is accessible from the parking lot, meaning blogging, streaming, and surfing are all fair game.

What more do you need in life?

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The sculpture of a Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating system mascot sits inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Google, part of Alphabet Inc., plans on tapping into existing fiber networks in San Francisco to deliver ultra-fast internet access across the city. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: A view of the Head Office of Google on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: Breakout area at the Head Office of Google on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: A view of the Head Office of Google on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
A Google Inc. employee sits in a massage chair as she works on an Apple Inc. laptop computer with a colleague inside the company's offices in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Google, based in Mountain View, California, is seeking to revive Motorola Mobility's smartphone business, recently announcing a new flagship Moto X smartphone with customizable colors that will be assembled in the U.S. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: Reception area of Google Head Office on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
An employee walks in a hallway at Google Canada's engineering headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. The 185,000-square-foot facility currently houses over 350 employees from Google's Canadian development team. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: A view of the Head Office of Google on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
A cyclist rides past Google Inc. signage near the entrance to the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Google, part of Alphabet Inc., plans on tapping into existing fiber networks in San Francisco to deliver ultra-fast internet access across the city. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A cyclist rides past Google Inc. offices inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Google, part of Alphabet Inc., plans on tapping into existing fiber networks in San Francisco to deliver ultra-fast internet access across the city. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A cyclist rides past Google Inc. offices inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Google, part of Alphabet Inc., plans on tapping into existing fiber networks in San Francisco to deliver ultra-fast internet access across the city. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Google Inc. signage is displayed on an office building inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Google, part of Alphabet Inc., plans on tapping into existing fiber networks in San Francisco to deliver ultra-fast internet access across the city. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: Employees play pool in the recreation area at Google Head Office on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
An employee checks her mobile device in the lobby of Google Canada's engineering headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. The 185,000-square-foot facility currently houses over 350 employees from Google's Canadian development team. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee walks in a hallway at Google Canada's engineering headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. The 185,000-square-foot facility currently houses over 350 employees from Google's Canadian development team. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: Breakout areas are scattered across each floor of the seven floor building of Google Head Office on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: Cool cafeteria at Google Head Office on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
An employee walks on a treadmill in the fitness center at Google Canada's engineering headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. The 185,000-square-foot facility currently houses over 350 employees from Google's Canadian development team. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: Breakout areas are scattered across each floor of the seven floor building of Google Head Office on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 19: Breakout areas are scattered across each floor of the seven floor building of Google Head Office on March 19, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
**FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES** ** FILE ** This Thursday, March 6, 2008 file photo shows two igloos, serving as conference rooms, on the official opening day of the new Google European tech center in Zurich, Switzerland. The Internet giant worked with a psychologist and design team to interview all 350 employees and incorporated their ideas into a new workspace _ yet insisted the new design should not cost more than an ordinary office building. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: The new Google logo is displayed on a sign outside of the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California. Google has made the most dramatic change to their logo since 1999 and have replaced their signature serif font with a new typeface called Product Sans. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Google employee Andrea Janus demonstrates the use of the mini-putt green on the balcony at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)
Google Inc. logos sit on a wall inside the pantry at the company's offices in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Google, based in Mountain View, California, is seeking to revive Motorola Mobility's smartphone business, recently announcing a new flagship Moto X smartphone with customizable colors that will be assembled in the U.S. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
This March 6, 2008 file photo shows historic cable-car cabins, serving as conference rooms, on the official opening day of the new Google European tech center in Zurich, Switzerland. The Internet giant worked with a psychologist and design team to interview all 350 employees and incorporated their ideas into a new workspace _ yet insisted the new design should not cost more than an ordinary office building. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, FILE)
A Google Inc. employee carries an Apple Inc. laptop computer as he walks past logos inside the company's offices in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Google, based in Mountain View, California, is seeking to revive Motorola Mobility's smartphone business, recently announcing a new flagship Moto X smartphone with customizable colors that will be assembled in the U.S. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Indian visitors sit inside a display at the 'Google House' event showcasing the company's latest product innovations for India in Bangalore on August 18, 2015. Google says its products are targeted towards the growing number of internet and smartphone users in the country. AFP PHOTO / Manjunath KIRAN (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian visitor sits inside a display at the 'Google House' event showcasing the company's latest product innovations for India in Bangalore on August 18, 2015. Google says its products are targeted towards the growing number of internet and smartphone users in the country. AFP PHOTO / Manjunath KIRAN (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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