While taking agency housing seems the easiest, it does have its disadvantages. You really have no control over apartment location; there will be a short move in date (usually 2 days before assignment) and also a short notice of location.
Taking the housing stipend gives you absolute control to find an apartment of your choosing. However, it is also not without its challenges. The biggest: finding a decent apartment with a short-term lease.
There are a couple sites that advertise housing for travel nurses with short-term leases, you just need to know where to look. Travel Nursing Central has a great travel nurse housing tool. It’s free to post and browse. It has about 500-600 ads on a given day. Most of the housing has short-term leases and many even come furnished.
Airbnb, while not specifically for travel nurses, has a great selection of short-term leases with some beautiful properties. Many come to this site looking for vacation homes, but you can find some killer deals here that you can rent out for months at a time. My favorite part about this site is the reviews, this way you can actually weigh other traveler’s experiences about a particular listing before committing.
Before deciding on company housing or finding your own, be sure to weigh your options. Is the hassle of setting up your own apartment worth the few extra dollars you may pocket from taking the stipend?
Here are a few past posts to help you to decide: