When you begin working with a travel nurse agency, you’ll typically be given two options for travel nurse housing: agency-provided housing or a housing stipend. You can take the agency-provided housing, but you’re usually only given 2 to 3 options and, while they do try to choose good options, you may find that none of them are desirable.
To give travel nurses control over their careers and assignments, Advantis Medical is a travel nursing agency that only offers generous stipends.
This article will discover more about how travel nurses find housing, how much travel nurses are usually given for housing, and the best websites to find travel nurse housing in 2022.
As we mentioned, you're typically given two options when it comes to travel nursing. The agency can provide you with some housing options or choose your own.
If you opt for agency-provided housing, the agency will cover all of the housing costs. You don't have to worry about anything. However, the caveat is that they will typically only offer you 2 to 3 options- if they give you any. You can ask them for alternatives if none of their options are desirable- but unless you have a significant complaint about their options, such as personal safety, they're unlikely to give you other choices.
If you choose to find your housing, you can take a housing stipend. However, this housing stipend doesn't usually cover all of the expenses that you may incur. You might end up having to come out of pocket for some of your expenses. Then again, you may find yourself in a situation where your stipend is more than you need, and you end up having extra money that you can save or spend on other things.
Another option you’ll have is furnished travel nurse housing versus unfurnished travel nurse housing. Many times, travel nurses will choose furnished housing. This way, they don't have to worry about moving their furniture every time they change assignments. On average, a travel nurse assignment will last for 13 weeks, and however, they can end in as little as 8 weeks or go as long as 26 weeks or more.
You must determine what is most important to you when deciding whether to take the agency-provided housing or take the housing stipend and find your housing.
A travel nurse housing stipend varies from one region to another, and some are as low as $700 per month, while others are as high as $5,000 per month. The one thing that you can count on is that the stipend will be enough to provide you with adequate housing in the area you’re being assigned to.
Advantis Medical believes in pay transparency. Connect with your personal recruiter or travel advocate on AdvantisConnect for exact stipend numbers.
If you have decided that you’d rather take the travel nurse housing stipend instead of the agency-provided housing, you will want to have some options to search for travel nurse housing. Below, we’ll look at the top 6 websites that travel nurses use when going from one assignment to the next.
In 2008, the founders of Airbnb decided they wanted to host a few travelers. This site verifies all hosts, and messaging is done through the platform to ensure that the host and the traveler are protected. You can enter parameters based on what you're looking for, and you'll be given options within the area that fit your specifics. This is one of the top sites for travel nurse housing options.
If you want an apartment, then this is the site for you. Though there are not as many search options as you'll find on Airbnb, you can enter some search filters to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Though this site is marketed as an apartment website, you can also find condos and townhouses. This company also runs apartmentfinder.com and apartmenthomeliving.com.
With HouseStay.com, you're able to list properties or choose a home to rent. If you're looking for reliable and all inclusive travel nurse housing, this website is the one for you. You'll find that all listings are fully furnished, have utilities included, availability for 30 nights or more, many photos, and pass HouseStay home inspection. Having all the necessities included makes saving money easy.
VRBO, or Vacation Rental By Owner, is another popular site for travel nurses to find housing options. You can find short-term and long-term housing as well as houses, apartments, condos, and more. This site is 100% committed to the safety and comfort of its users. To use this site, input the specifics of your trip (arrival/departure, destination, how many guests, etc.), and you'll be given the listings in the area that fit those parameters.
This site is made just for travel nurse housing options. When you visit this site, you can put your max rental budget in where you're going. Then, you'll be provided with temporary housing options that fall within those parameters. All rentals are furnished housing for travel nurses. Additionally, if you can't find something, you can put in a housing request with FurnishedFinder.
Homestay is a unique option for furnished housing for travel nurses. Each homestay has a host that rents out a space for travelers to live with them. It is a great way to make connections and learn more about the local culture. Especially when you’re a solo and new travel nurse, finding a partner to guide you around town is hard. If you’re looking to really immerse yourself into the local lifestyle, Homestay is a perfect option.
Advantis Medical is pleased to offer our travelers discounted hotel rates through our partners: Extended Stay America, Wyndham, Traveler’s Haven, Hotel Engine and more! We offer a concierge type service for our clinicians where we help them at the beginning, middle and end of the housing process. We send our clinicians a housing form they fill out with all their preferences/stipend/budget. From there, we work with our partners and resources to find the safest most affordable housing for our clinicians. We will even book housing for them if that is a service they would like. We also have a special discount code with Enterprise Rent-a-Car if that is a mode of transportation our travelers are interested in!
The recruiters at Advantis Medical Staffing will be more than happy to help you find housing to ensure that your travel assignment is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Sign up on Advantis Connect to join the Advantis Medical clinicians team and find unforgettable travel nurse assignments.