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.