Travel Tip: Finding Affordable Housing
The life of a nomad nurse can come with many challenges, but the most significant problem for many is to find affordable housing quickly. If you are a traveler looking to stay within a tight budget here a few resources to help you find your affordable housing.
The Gypsy Nurse is a job board and a blog but did you know they also have an area to help travel nurses find housing. All you have to do is type in a location, and budget and a full list of places will show up that are travel nurse-friendly. The Gypsy Nurse also allows an area for peers to review a location, so you can see what other travelers have to say about a place.
If you have the time, Craigslist can be a valuable way to find affordable housing. However, it’s crucial you take the time to visit a location and meet who you might be living with or renting from before committing. An important tip, if you would like to go this route, is to book a week at an extended stay hotel for a week or two. Take the time to explore communities you would like to live in or places close to work to find the right housing location.
Facebook Groups exist to help Nurses connect and find affordable housing. One of the top Facebook groups is The Gypsy Nurse Travel Nurse Housing, and with its active community, it can be an excellent resource. For a smaller group that also connects travelers with potential roommates, Travel Nursing: Places/Rooms For Rent has around 20,000 members, and it’s growing.
Beleive it, or not many therapists and nurses rent rooms to travelers. While living with a co-worker might not be ideal it can be easy to find out who might have a place to rent. Just call the hiring managers, after accepting positions and aks if anybody on staff rents to travelers.
While finding, a short-term rental can be a significant challenge as a healthcare traveler it’s not impossible. The internet has many helpful options and as always, utilize your network of co-workers, friends, and peers. Just remember to relax while you do the search and decide on options and don’t rush into anything.