Tips for Finding Short Term Housing for Travel Nurses

by Howard Gerber on October 18, 2018

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short term housing travel nursingBefore you start your nursing travel assignment, you have a few decisions to make. One important choice is where you’re going to live. You can leave it up to your staffing agency to arrange temporary housing, or you can find short-term housing on your own. This decision should be negotiated as part of your contract.

Should You Find Short-term Housing on Your Own?

There are advantages and disadvantages to finding your own short-term housing. One disadvantage is you’ll have to do the legwork to find your own place. Another drawback is depending on where you are traveling, the cost of an apartment may be more than your housing stipend.

The major advantage in finding your own short-term housing is you have control over where you live. For some people, having the flexibility to arrange their own housing is worth any work or extra cost they may have.

Consider Your Options

If you are arranging your own housing, you have a few options including the following:

Rent a room: One option is to rent a room in a house. You can find people in search of a roommate through various websites and social media. If you rent a room, make sure you know what your rent includes.

Apartment complex: A common option for travel nurses is living in an apartment complex. In some cases, apartments may be furnished, which can make the moving process easy.

Rent a home: Several websites, such as Airbnb, have houses for rent. Houses can often be rented by the week, and most homes are furnished. You may be able to negotiate a monthly rate or a rate for all three months while you are on assignment.

Long-term stay hotel: Long-term stay hotels offer studio and one-bedroom apartments. Some advantages of staying at a long-term hotel are housekeeping services, and certain facilities have a gym and a swimming pool.

Tips for Finding Housing

If you plan to locate your housing, there are several things to keep in mind. Consider the tips below.

Be wary of scams: If a housing deal sounds too good to be true, it might be. Be especially careful when answering ads on Craigslist and other sites. Don’t send money without confirming the deal is real. Trust your instincts and pass on something that does not feel right.

Do your research: With all the information you can find online, it is easier than ever to research potential housing. Take the time to research before jumping in.

Consider all costs: Before you select a short-term home, make sure you know all the costs. Some places may require a security deposit or require you to pay utilities. Find out if your temporary home is furnished. You don’t want to have surprise expenses on move-in day.

Contact a realtor: If you want a little help, contact a realtor. A local realtor may have information on temporary homes or apartments in the area.

Arranging your own housing is not for everyone. But some travel nurses prefer to find their home themselves. Have you arranged your own short-term housing for your travel nursing assignment? Do you have any tips to share with other travel nurses?


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