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Ask a Travel Nurse: What are some good housing websites for furnished listings?

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Ask a Travel Nurse: What are some good housing websites for furnished listings?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are some good housing websites for furnished listings?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

What are some good housing websites for furnished listings? I’m having a difficult time finding real people and real listings in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Do you have any tips? Thanks so much!

P.S. I’m still on my first assignment and the convenience of taking the housing seems so enticing, but how do I know I’m not getting robbed from my pay?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

Honestly, I have found that websites listing temporary housing all fall a little short when it comes to selection. Plus, the person listing the housing has to be aware of the website(s) and list on each one to reach the greatest audience. Or … they can list it on a general website listing all types of goods and services. Welcome to Craigslist.

From the many Travelers with whom I correspond, almost all use Craigslist to find their housing. You can do this in one of two ways, either by browsing the selection of listings, or by posting a need for housing.

One Traveler wrote me that she simply put up a post that explained her need for housing, that she was a registered nurse (carries more weight in the trustability column), and the situation surrounding her needs (no long term lease, little or no deposit, the possibility of needing the place longer than the initial contract, etc.). She stated that she had not encountered any problems in receiving multiple responses to her post in the locations to which she would travel.

However, if you feel it’s worth it, let the travel company arrange your housing. In over 20 years of travel nursing, I have never taken a housing stipend on anything other than local assignments. I’ve also had some pretty unbelievable housing situations over the years and in each instance I cannot imagine trying to work a full schedule of night shifts while trying to deal with my housing.

If you want to see how much of your pay your company is taking to offer housing, simply ask your recruiter to quote you the pay package with, and without, a housing stipend. Then research the local housing market and see the difference. Do remember that most travel companies will be paying for your monthly rent, the security deposit, furniture rental, and utilities (so figure those in your calculations).

I hope this helps.

David

david@travelnursesbible.com

Find yourself a career that fits

About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

6 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: What are some good housing websites for furnished listings?"

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  1. Lisa says:

    yourhomesuite.com is a good site for short term rentals, but they don’t have service in all major cities. I think it’s much easier to have the company find housing. I will take the stipend if I am close to home or stay with relatives/friends. I am currently in the most amazing apartment right on the Pacific ocean and it’s company paid housing. If you have a good recruiter, sometimes you can gently guide them in picking housing of your choice. I found my current housing on the homesuite web site because my company had used it to find housing for me in the Bay area on a previous assignment. So, now I’m living on the beach for a couple months. And…you will have no headaches when they find your housing.

  2. bekah says:

    I find that airbnb.com is a great place to find places!
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  3. Albert Payne says:

    Anyone looking for a good housing websites will surely find it useful. I’m also looking for the same and really glad to find this page. Not for a travel nurse only, but it is also necessary for others to have little knowledge on good housing websites. If anyone looking to have the list of all house details of a particular location can find the details at the local Property management company. http://www.sltproperties.com/ It may helpful. Thanks.

  4. Why not take your home with you? We’ve been able to help other Traveling Nurses with housing. Here’s a video https://youtu.be/dBwADuUpj2o

    Cheers, Randy

  5. shirley Yuh says:

    I have been lucky to find affordable housing on my first two assignments. I rented a room in someones home and it went very well. So if anyone is going to Fayetteville NC, GabrielWade rentals have affordable rooms to rent near Cape Fear Valley Hospital and I found a room to rent in Lynchburg VA for just 500 a month, all utilities included, with cable and a private bathromm.
    Good Luck everyone

  6. Baran Kara says:

    http://www.roomtank.com provides fully furnished apartment month to month leases in Boston Massachusetts. I think it’s much easier to have the company find housing for you.
    Let us help you call or text on 8574079777!

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