Considerations for Securing Your Own Housing on a Healthcare Travel Assignment

by Howard Gerber on March 26, 2015

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travel-nurse-housing-tipsIn addition to salary, healthcare travel jobs usually include housing. Housing options may include a private or shared apartment. In some instances, an extended stay hotel room may be offered. Although you can take the housing, which is offered, you can also secure your own place to live.

There can be some advantages to finding your own housing. For example, you have more control over the situation. You may find a place, which suits your needs better than what the employment agency would offer.

What Are Your Alternatives?

When you are considering housing for your travel assignment, take an honest look at what you need. If you are traveling with family members, you may need more room than if you are going it alone. Another consideration is whether you are bringing a pet, which may require an outdoor space or more room to roam.

If you are securing your own housing, you have several options, including the following:

Apartment complex

An apartment complex usually has several separate units on a large lot. Apartment complexes vary widely in size and amenities.  Think about whether a fitness center, pool, or community room are important to you.

RV living

One option travelers may not always consider is living in an RV. Modern RVs have a lot of the same amenities as an apartment. They are just smaller. If you do not have an RV, you may be able to lease one for the length of your job.

Answer an ad for a roommate

If you are securing your own place to live, another option is to answer an ad for roommate. If you are traveling alone and do not need much space, it can be less costly than other alternatives. Always be cautious when answering an ad for a roommate.

Negotiate a Stipend

If you choose to find your own place, you will likely be given a housing allowance to spend. In some cases, you may be able to negotiate the amount you are given. This might especially be true if the job was hard to fill. If you choose a place, which costs more than the allowance, you will need to pay the difference.

Do Your Research

Before you settle on a place to live, do your research. Luckily, there is a lot of information you can gather online. Get crime stats in the area you are interested in living. Find out what the pet policy is, if you are considering bringing a pet with you. Review pictures, floor plans, and reviews. Many apartment complexes allow you to take a virtual tour online. You can get a pretty good idea of what a place has to offer from doing research.

Read the Fine Print

Since you are arranging your own housing, be sure you read through your contract. If you will be living in an apartment, determine if short lease options are available or if you can rent month to month. If you are leasing an RV, make sure you know how much it is to park and what is included in that fee, such as electricity.

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