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Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I find housing in California?


confused travel nurseAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

I am approaching my first traveling assignment in Bakersfield,Ca,@San Joaquin Hospital. Anything fully furnished, near the hospital, studio or one bedroom you can recommend to me?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

Hello and welcome to the world of being an independent traveler!

I assume you have chosen to take the housing stipend instead of your travel company’s housing. When you do so, the leg work is pretty much yours to navigate. There are a few sites that do cater to travel nurses when it comes to housing (such as Housing for Travel But, you can also start simple by looking for a room, apartment, or house to rent on Craigslist. However, when you rent these places independent of a travel nursing company, you will have to pony up any deposits  and also take care of any problems on your own. That is why I still allow my travel company to arrange my housing after 15 yrs as a traveler.

If you are with a company that does not offer housing, you might consider looking at a travel company that does offer this service. It’s one less headache you will have to deal with when starting an assignment.



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.

2 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I find housing in California?"

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  1. Hillary Olivieri


    I have a furnished house looking to rent a room out. Near the airport and 10 min away from 3 major hospitals. Please email me if you are interested.

  2. Richard


    im an MD in town with three rooms for rent, two furnished that travelers have staid in before, 5 -10 mins away from most hospitals, all utilities included, easy come, easy go. Please contact me at nine oh nine, for 36, 72 nine for.

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