For many travel nurses and therapists, finding housing while on assignment can seem daunting. It can be scary to accept a travel nurse position then have to worry about housing. Will it be in a nice neighborhood? Where will you get furniture and tableware?
One positive aspect of working with a staffing company to find your next travel therapy or nursing assignment is that we’ll help with securing your lodging whether it be in the form of a non-taxable stipend or housing provided by us.
The best route, with the most flexibility is to secure housing on your own with provided resources from us. Here are some tips for procuring excellent housing while traveling.
Tax-Free Housing Stipend
Staying in a one-bedroom apartment provided by Pioneer Healthcare means you won’t have to worry about securing a place, but it also means less flexibility. To give our therapists and nurses more flexibility, we offer a non-tax stipend or allowance. This means that since the allowance is going toward secondary housing, it cannot be taxed. Many people take this option, as it gives you the option between that Hollywood Hills guest suite or a roomy bungalow.
When you book housing “on your own” you’re not actually on your own. We’re always here to help you find the housing and to answer questions about a city or how to obtain a shorter lease. Often, providing proof of employment on a shorter contract will allow you to obtain an agreement for the amount of time you’ll need. Once all of your questions have been answered, check Craigslist and Airbnb. Often, properties through Airbnb will have discounted rates for stays longer than one week.
Committing to a Spot
Even with a ton of information from the internet at your fingertips, it can be hard to decide which neighborhood in a city will work best for you. Maybe living close to the facility is ideal but you may also want to choose a ‘hood’ based on amenities and available attractions. One way to do this is to head to your assignment without first securing lodging. We have a discounted hotel site that you can use for your first week or so in a new city. Be sure to ask around your facility, a coworker may have a secondary dwelling or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU).
From there it may make the most sense to look at housing options using Airbnb, Craigslist, or some of our other preferred sights that we will share with you—and get to know potential neighborhoods—even if only for a 13-week assignment.
Furnished apartments vs. Unfurnished
It’s completely up to you how many of your belongings you bring. Some people want to bring furniture with them, and others rent furniture. One of the advantages of renting lodging through a company such as Airbnb means that you can opt into a fully furnished apartment stocked with tableware, furniture and appliances for your daily use without the hassle of coordinating delivery.