If you have a travel assignment with a staffing service that has more than one traveler at the assignment’s facility – or even in the city – your staffing firm may double you up in your apartment with another traveler.

Some travel staffing services do this to save money; housing two travelers within the same apartment can save considerably on the firm’s housing budget. Or it may have you share an apartment because it’s hoping to make it easy for you to connect with other travelers in the area. (Note: Not all travel staffing services do this. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask if you’ll be sharing housing with another traveler when you’re offered an assignment.)

Below are some tips on how to share housing with another traveler.

  1. First, remember that you’re dealing with another professional, not someone in your college dorm room. Chances are the individual is a great deal more mature than your college roomie. This is a good thing.
  2. If possible, contact your new roommate before your arrival. If the person is already there, you can get information on what the apartment is like, where it’s located, what kind of amenities are there, and so on.
  3. Either before you arrive or soon after, you’ll want to discuss how food will be paid for. Most adult (post-college) roommate arrangements are set up so that each person buys food individually, with each designating one or two cupboards and one or more shelves in the refrigerator as his or her own. This helps ensure that disagreements over who purchased what and who ate what are kept to a bare minimum.
  4. Discuss in advance who likes to bathe/shower in the evening and who likes to wash up in the morning. If both of you prefer the same time of day, work out schedules.
  5. What is your comfort level when it comes to noise? If one of you loves to hear music while getting ready for work or throughout the day, and the other doesn’t, you’re going to have to work out an agreement on noise levels.
  6. The same for goes for television use. Some people love to have the TV on as background noise all the time. Others hate TVs as background. See if you can come to an agreement about how much it will be on and when.
  7. If both of you have the same work schedule, will both of you want to cook and eat together? This may be fun a few nights a week, but it shouldn’t be “mandatory.” Work this out between you two, especially about cooking and cleanup duties should you be eating at about the same time.
  8. Will either roommate’s family and/or friends be coming for visits? Work out a schedule beforehand. This is especially important if spouses/boyfriends/girlfriends will be coming for overnight stays. Discuss this in advance and be sure to be as respectful as possible.

Have you ever roomed with a fellow healthcare traveler? If so, what kind of ground rules did the two of you find helpful?

If you’re a healthcare professional with a couple of years’ experience behind you and you’re interested in learning more about the many travel assignments we have available, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing today.