Are you planning to take up a new travel assignment? One of the most daunting aspects of this profession is finding suitable housing. However, there’s nothing to worry about, as this guide will help you get familiar with what’s required. You may have searched for information on how travel nursing housing works or how to find rentals for traveling nurses. This guide covers everything you need to know, starting with the basics.
Budgeting Housing Wisely
Before deciding on your assignment, ask about the roughhousing stipend for your opportunity. Stipends typically vary depending on location, time of year, and urgency. If you need help figuring out where to start with your rental budget, a good tip is to spend no more than one week’s paycheck on your monthly rent. For instance, if you earn $2,500 in gross pay per week, you should spend at most $2,500 monthly on rent.
To find the best travel nurse housing options, many popular housing websites cater to travel nurses, such as Airbnb and Furnished Finder.
Housesharing via Airbnb and VRBO has become one of the most common and convenient options for short-term rentals. For travel nurses, these housing sites offer nearly endless options nationwide.
Some Favorite Housing Sites:
Very Space through photos and reviews
Always ask for additional pictures of the property you’re considering, or better yet, ask for a FaceTime tour. The best housing options depend on the location of your assignment, your personal living preferences, and how familiar you are with traveling nurse rentals.
Be sure to check reviews of the rental and the host before booking. If everything looks good, confirm that the final cost is within your budget, specifically your housing stipend.
Artsy? Design Your Own Unfurnished Apartments
You can also find an unfurnished apartment and use a company like CORT to furnish the rental. CORT provides affordable furniture packages for short-term leases.
Considering Hotels? White Glove Nurses get discounts.
Hotels, motels, and extended stays are the more traditional housing options for travel nurses. While these deals are tempting, using your stipend to find your own housing is often more cost-effective. Regardless of where you stay, you’ll likely need to spend money on basic necessities, especially in a hotel or motel. One major plus of these options is that they typically include some cleaning service. White Glove has partnered with Tickets at Work and Benefit Hub to offer hotel discounts and assistance with more travel expenses. Get your personalized code from your Placement Specialist to gain access.
Give Yourself Time:
Ensure you give yourself enough time to find a housing option before starting your new assignment. If you start looking for your next travel nursing job about six weeks before the end of your current contract, you should expect to focus on housing options shortly after that. If you can decide where you want your next travel assignment, you can begin looking for housing options even earlier.
Tip: Sign your leases month-to-month, so you’re not forced to pay for more time than you need if your nursing contract gets canceled or falls through.
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