On paper, 15-year-old Riley Hansen is living every teen’s worst nightmare. He’s trapped in school. But in reality, Riley has it pretty good.

His family renovated a former elementary school and have transformed the building into a spacious yet cozy home.

Riley’s TikTok account was initially dedicated to videos of his car and learning how to drive but when Hansen posted a video tour of his unique living situation it immediately blew up.

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As of this article, Riley’s latest video tour has over 10 million views

@riley.lh♬ telepatía – Kali Uchis

While Hansen toured the bedrooms in one TikTok, he explained that his family uses classrooms as bedrooms and multiple people sleep in each room.

It’s unknown how many people live in the school, but Hansen said in the following video that there are only five bedrooms, and no one has their own room.

“My family has always wanted to give back where we can and help as many people as possible. So we bought our school so we could get as many foster kids as possible,” Hansen told Bored Panda.

“Living in a school is great and it has its ups and downs, but in the end, it is definitely worth the sacrifice.”


The exterior of the building and its hallways look like a typical school but if you take a closer look, you will notice all the details the family has worked on since moving in four years ago.

“The building is extremely large so it’s very open and you never feel claustrophobic,” Hansen explained. “Also, it’s a black canvas so we have been able to turn it into our dream home.


Riley’s original video of his home has already racked up over 40 million views

@riley.lh♬ Sugarcrash! – ElyOtto

The family bought the building 4 years ago

@riley.lhReply to @seanedwards301 The school is an on going project, it seems like we are allways remodeling it.♬ Baggage – Breakfast Santana

Hansen also shared some very unique features of his school home, for example, its original playground, outdoor basketball court, and indoor pool. Hansen said in one video that the pool is an outdoor pool they set up inside.

Another cool feature of his home is the long, flat rooftop, where Hansen and his family string up lights and hang out in the summers. He said that eventually, his family wants to build greenhouses up there.

The premises also have a playground

And an outdoor basketball court which is now used for parking


The family plans to keep fixing the rooms as time goes, making each one a bit different with its own unique style

@riley.lhI hope this answers some of your questions, and if you have any more questions feel free to ask♬ Caution – Kaytranada

Here’s what people said about this family’s home