How to Find Housing for Travel Nurses
Finding housing for your travel nurses can be complicated at best. On the upside, if your agency provides a seamless housing experience, you’ll have an advantage in attracting new travel nurses who haven’t had to make housing plans in the past. You’ll also appeal to travel nurses who don’t have time to make living arrangements before leaving for their assignment.
Some nurses choose a tax-free stipend over agency-provided housing because they prefer to do the research and pick accommodations themselves. These nurses want to make their own decisions and have control over their options. They also like the ability to keep the extra cash if they find housing that costs less than the stipend.
When travel nurses decide they want you to handle the accommodations, it’s critical that you give them good options and safe places to live. We’ve compiled a list of housing types, things to consider when looking for housing, and resources to help you find housing for travel nurses.
Types of Housing for Travel Nurses
You have plenty of choices when looking for short-term rentals for healthcare workers. While you want to stay within your budget, remember that nursing can be a stressful job and reasonably comfortable housing can help alleviate burnout and ensure a more successful placement. Here are some of the typical options.
A common type of housing provided by agencies is an extended-stay hotel. These hotels are convenient because units usually include a kitchenette and amenities. However, if your nurses work night shifts and sleep during the day, the hotel’s housekeeping schedule might interrupt their sleep or leave them without clean towels. If you’re booking several rooms in one hotel on a consistent basis, you might ask if the hotel can adjust the housekeeping schedule for those rooms.
Condominiums and Apartments
You may be able to find condo or apartment units to sublet for the typical 13-week travel nurse stay. If you send a steady supply of nurses to the same location all year, it might be worth signing a year’s lease for an empty unit that accommodates four nurse rotations. You’ll need furnished housing for travel nurses, so look for fully appointed units or be prepared to buy or rent what’s needed.
Off-Season Vacation Rentals
Rates are usually less expensive in vacation destinations during the off-season (think Orlando in August). Accommodations in these areas discount their rates when tourists aren’t there; and you may find rentals near attractions, dining, and shopping.
Bed and Breakfasts and Guest Rooms
B and Bs, guest rooms in a home, or cottages on residential property can be cozy short-term rentals for traveling professionals for stays lasting just a couple of days or weeks.
RV rental companies provide housing for traveling nurses and doctors who love the outdoors and prefer driving over flying. This can be convenient for a travel nurse who expects to go to several consecutive assignments. Open campground spots are listed on Airbnb.
What to Consider When Choosing Housing
As you find housing for travel nurses, you’ll come across a number of different options. To choose between them, you also need to consider the individuals themselves and what the assignment requires. That is, who will stay there and will they want and need?
Consider the Who
You’ll need to know if a travel nurse wants to bring a pet, and then make sure the accommodation allows pets. Check to see whether a deposit or additional monthly fee is required. If spouses or children come along, you’ll need to find housing that is appropriate for the family. For example, a small hotel room will not be comfortable for a nurse, spouse, child, and dog.
When you hear “amenities,” you might think of luxuries like hot tubs. In this case, we’re talking about basics like laundry facilities, parking, Wi-Fi and cable service, paid utilities, snow removal, yard maintenance, house cleaning, and emergency services. Depending on the type of housing, these services and conveniences might come with the rent or lease. Otherwise, consider those costs in your budget.
Furniture and Housewares
Not all travel nurse housing will be move-in ready. If it’s an apartment, it may or may not come furnished. Most extended-stay hotels and some vacation rentals come equipped with dishes, coffee makers, linens, and other household necessities. Otherwise, you’ll need to rent or buy these items.
As you try to find housing for travel nurses, you’ll naturally want it to be close to their workplace. Some travel nurse websites that list available housing include maps with hospitals and medical centers. Other considerations include whether parking is accessible and free and if public transportation is nearby.
Many variables contribute to whether housing is considered safe. Adequate lighting, security systems, close parking, and neighborhood location are just some of the things that impact whether a property is a safe place to house travel nurses. Be sure to look at online reviews and area crime statistics to get a clearer picture of the location’s safety.
Someone on your staff needs to be the point person when arranging housing for travel nurses. Will you have a person dedicated to providing this service? You might need an entire travel department if you’re a larger agency.
How to Find Housing for Travel Nurses: Some Cautions
You want your travel nurses to have a positive experience with your agency. Here are some things to watch for when sourcing housing:
- If it sounds too good to be true, especially regarding price, it probably is.
- Perform a background check on landlords to assure you’re dealing with someone reputable.
- Never wire any money for deposits, etc. That can be a sign of a scam because wired money is not traceable.
- If you are signing a lease, make sure it is short-term only.
- Run a Google image search of the property to see if it matches up to the description.
- Look for online reviews of the property.
- Question high-pressure sales tactics.
- Check the listing for misspellings, confusing language, and odd hours of communication (e.g., calling/emailing you at 3 a.m.) that could signal a scam.
Resources for Housing Travel Nurses
We’ve given you some ideas for types of housing and what else to consider as you find housing for travel nurses at your facility. But where do you find these safe, affordable, convenient, and available places? Check out this list of both general and traveling nurse housing websites and apps to start your search:
- Airbnb (app and website)
- Extended Stay America
- Facebook housing pages for travel nurses
– Travel Nursing: Places/Rooms For Rent
– Travel Nurse Housing (The Gypsy Nurse)
– Traveling Nurse Housing
- Furnished Finder
- Short Term Housing
- Transplant Housing
- Travel Nurse Housing
- VRBO/HomeAway (app and website)
Don’t Travel Down the Road Alone
IntelyCare is your partner for the long run, whether you need advice about how to find housing for travel nurses or help stabilizing your healthcare workforce. We’re here with dedicated local support to make your goals a reality. Learn how we can work together.