Most travel nurse staffing firms provide their travelers with a safe, comfortable apartment to live in while on assignment – for free.

But if you decide to forgo this benefit and find a place to stay on your own, here are some tips to help you find a great place to stay while on your next travel nurse assignment:

Important note: Most travel nursing companies will pay a healthy housing stipend to those travelers who decide to look for accommodations on their own. However, if the reason you’re looking for housing on your own is because you’re going to bring your family and/or pets with you as you travel, understand that the housing stipend probably won’t cover the full cost for a larger apartment/townhome rental. Most housing stipends are equal to the rent for a one-bedroom apartment, which is the type of accommodations most healthcare travel companies provide for their travelers.

  • Once you know your assignment location, go online and look for property management companies. While many property management firms are looking for year-long tenants, you may luck out and find one that provides vacation rentals and/or short-term rentals.
  • Speaking of vacation rentals, many cities cater to travelers during a particular season. Property managers may work exclusively with vacation rentals and you may be able to find a short-term rental for a 13-week assignment.
  • Take a look at Craigslist or other classified advertising platforms. There will often be tenants looking to sublet their apartments or homes for a few weeks due to a wide variety of reasons; such as travel or moving before a lease is up.
  • You can also post a “room wanted” ad on Craigslist in your assignment city.
  • Check out room rental sites such as Airbnb.com. Many people open their homes to travelers for a day, a week or longer. Some even rent small apartments, casitas on their property, mother-in-law apartments, etc.
  • When you accept the assignment, contact your assignment supervisor and ask if he or she knows of any great apartments/townhome developments to recommend. Then contact the leasing staff to check availability.
  • Check out such places as Extended Stay Hotels or Residence Inns. When you call, ask to speak with the manager. You may be able to negotiate a discounted rate with them. Many business travelers stay in these types of places (corporate paid). You, however, could be staying there for upwards of 90 days; so you might have some extra bargaining power. Additionally, many states don’t charge taxes after 30 days. Mention to the manager that you’re a travel nurse and that you could stay at their establishment again on a future assignment.

If you are a registered nurse with at least one or two years of experience and want to explore a career as a traveling nurse, contact the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We have dozens of travel nurse opportunities available right now. Contact us today!