When you work as a travel healthcare professional for MedPro and you’ll have two choices when it comes to housing:
- You can choose to live in the apartment we find – and pay – for you while on assignment. These are apartments in safe areas near your assignment facility. They’re usually furnished and include amenities such as a fitness center, pool and more.
- Or you can decide to take the sizable stipend we provide and find your own accommodations. Professionals who have families often choose this option.
If you decide you’d like to find your own housing, follow these tips below.
Looking for an apartment while on an assignment is very similar to apartment hunting when you’re planning on moving to a location for a longer period of time (such as a year.
There are a few differences, however. Most apartments want a year’s lease. If you’re going to stay in town for just the weeks of your assignment, you may find it more difficult to find an affordable short-term situation.
In addition, many landlords require a deposit the equivalent of a first- and last-month’s rent check. Most travel nursing assignments are about three months in length, so you could find yourself paying a hefty amount every three months (as you move to another assignment and pay another first- and last-month’s deposit).
Not that we want to discourage you from finding a place on your own. Many of our professionals need accommodations different than the usual furnished one- or two-bedroom apartment we provide.
If you’ve decided to find an apartment on your own, check with us first. We have connections with apartments and landlords all over the country and we may be able to help you find a great short-term rental.
You might want to look into what is known as “corporate housing.” These are apartments that, according to a website that helps you find accommodations (www.corporatehousing.com), such as “extended stays at hotels, corporate apartments, furnished apartments for rent — even privately-owned houses, condos and vacation properties.”
In addition, check out the website Sublet.com (www.sublet.com). This site caters to individuals looking to rent for a short time as well as landlords looking for a short-term tenant. You can search the database.
You also can call a large real estate company in the area of your assignment and ask about short-term rentals of furnished houses for sale. Many homeowners often are worried about leaving their home empty and having someone stay in the house while it’s on the market is attractive to them. You may have to sign an agreement about keeping the house “show worthy” while you’re there.
You also could call a vacation rental company in the assignment area to see what type of rentals they offer. Be aware, however, that “vacation” rentals can cost more to rent.
Whether you’re keen on renting your own place or you’re happy to take us up on our offer of a furnished, paid-for apartment while on assignment, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We’re eager to speak to professionals about our long- and short-term travel assignments at medical facilities all over the country with a critical need for your skills. We look forward to speaking with you!