Every new job is an adventure for a travel nurse. As a travel nurse, you join a new healthcare team every few weeks or months. Finding a new place to live with each job may seem intimidating at first, but it is relatively easy to find housing as a travel nurse.
Determine your requirements before you begin your hunt for accommodations. Decide ahead of time whether your family or pets will accompany you on your trip. Consider whether you will feel more comfortable sharing the dwelling with another or living alone.
Find out everything you can about the geographic location, institution and job. Determine whether you will have to walk in the snow or dark, for example, and learn how long you can expect to work for a particular client. You are more likely to put up with a few inconveniences, like small apartments or long commutes, if the gig is for a short time only.
Speak with a representative from your travel nurse company. Some companies provide free housing – a few even foot the bill for utility bills. If you have an opportunity to stay with family or friends, these travel nurse companies will usually offer a generous monthly subsidy for your housing.
Check with the Human Resources department at your host health institution for information about shared housing and rentals in the area.
Create an account with Healthcare Travelbook, an online resource for healthcare travelers. Develop a network with other travel nurses with whom you could share housing.
Login to another online resource, Extended Stay America, to find and reserve accommodations. You can use the site to book single, family-friendly, or pet-friendly suites by the day, week or month. Suites typically include a fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs featuring premium channels, free continental breakfast and onsite laundry.
Finding accommodations becomes easier as you gain experience as a travel nurse and as the internet provides more online portals. It will not take long for you to find a great place to live every time you start a new job as a travel nurse.