Top Accommodation Options for Travel Nurses on Assignment

Embarking on a travel nurse journey can be exhilarating, but finding suitable housing can often feel daunting, especially when traveling with pets. As a seasoned travel nurse who has successfully tackled housing challenges, I’m here to share invaluable insights and tips to help you navigate the process effortlessly.

Choose a Travel Agency with Housing Support 

The key to stress-free housing lies in partnering with a travel agency that offers robust housing support (link to: How to Choose the Best Travel Nursing Company -Blog #8). Look for agencies with dedicated housing teams equipped with market knowledge to provide you with optimal housing options. From payment assistance programs to various housing choices, a supportive agency can make all the difference in securing comfortable accommodations. If you need recommendations, I have them available for you. As a first-time traveler, I cannot recommend having your company help you navigate this process enough. It takes a lot of added stress right off of your plate!

Mentor Tip: Ensure timely completion of the quality assurance process to expedite housing arrangements for your travel nursing company. They often will only help you book housing once you have finished the QA portion of the assignment.

Tips for Finding Housing on Your Own

If you prefer taking charge of your housing arrangements, consider these essential tips for a seamless experience:

Stick to a Budget

Research the area and set a realistic budget that aligns with your needs and preferences. When selecting housing options, prioritize safety, cleanliness, and proximity to the hospital.

Seek Housing Referrals

Leverage your network and online resources to find housing referrals. Join travel nurse housing groups on social media, explore platforms such as Furnished Finders, Airbnb, and VRBO, and request recommendations from local Facebook groups. Consider asking the manager of the unit of the department you will be working in or their HR department.

If unsure, never hesitate to book a hotel for the first couple of weeks of your assignment so you can get to know the area better and see potential properties and landlords in person.

Review Contracts Carefully

When securing housing independently, review lease contracts thoroughly to clarify rental terms, deposit information, utilities, and amenities. Consider requesting a month-to-month lease for added flexibility or request a contract cancellation clause in your lease in case you are canceled for low census. Most landlords won’t agree to this, but in my opinion, it is always worth asking for. 

Mentor Tip: Protect yourself by seeking legal advice (if needed) before signing any contracts, and communicate openly with your landlord to address any concerns.

Hassle-Free Travel Nurse Assignments

While finding housing on travel nurse assignments may pose challenges, proactive planning and research can lead to a seamless experience. Whether opting for agency-provided housing or securing accommodations independently, prioritize safety, comfort, and convenience. By leveraging available resources and following expert advice, you can enjoy a hassle-free stay during your travel nurse assignments. Happy travels!

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