How To Find Housing
How do I find Housing?
As the awareness of travel healthcare increased, finding housing on the road became the most accessible it had ever been. The surge in demand for rental properties during covid however, has made finding housing one of today’s biggest challenges for traveling healthcare workers.
In order from most common to least, I’ve compiled a list of the best resources for travelers to secure their own housing.
This site is not only free to use, but arguably the best resource out there to find furnished month-to-month housing. It is created for healthcare travelers and even has an interactive map feature. I use this almost exclusively when securing housing on the road.
Facebook groups are one of the most common go-tos for travelers to secure housing. I have had great luck posting a photo and short bio of myself and what I am looking for. Many landlords don’t want to publicly list their property, but will contact you if they feel that you will take good care of their home. (IE no smoking, maybe no pets or visitors, definitely stating that you will be respectful.) Also groups of travelers or homeowners with a room to spare will likely reach out!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/furnishedfinder.travelnursehousing -Furnished Finder
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Travel.Nurse.Landlords -Housing Rentals By Landlords
Do a search on facebook for ‘Furnished Housing’, or ‘Travel Nurse Housing’.
The list keeps growing!
The Travel Housing Database
Created by travelers, this is a cool database because ANYBODY can use and update it using this link. As of September 2021 the last update was in April of this year.
This is an option that everyone is aware of. You can contact landlords and offer a set price for a 30 day rental. Be wary though, that landlords are used to charging a much higher nightly rate than you will be offering. Sometimes however, they may be slow and you might get lucky.
Similar to AirBnB, this is a listing site for furnished vacation rentals. Same deal, you can contact the owner and offer a monthly rate, but it may be more than you are wanting to spend.
I know. It’s craigslist. And right now you’re thinking of a scruffy guy in a white tank top and acid wash jeans chain smoking outside of a motel. But there are nice options on Craigslist! I have actually found housing here. Usually the places are cheaper, albeit less likely to be furnished. But in a pinch you can grab some cheap furniture and get by for 3 months. This MAY be your cheapest (or only) option.
Who doesn’t want to live in a hotel?? Sometimes hotels have a percentage of vacancies where they will be open to giving you a discounted rate for a longer term stay. My advice- Ask to speak to the manager and explain that you are a healthcare provider. Be mindful that most will make you “check out” and check back in after 30 days to prevent squatting liability.
Of course if you have an RV, this is a no-brainer. But did you know that RV parks have furnished units for rent too? These are often awesome options. Plus, you basically get to live in a campground for 3 months!
Some people have luck calling local realtors and looking for furnished month-to month rentals. Worth a shot!
Trulia & Zillow
I’m listing them together because they are basically the same. (FYI I could spend hours on either of them mapping out an entirely new life based around the most recent 6 bedroom fixer-upper I just found.)
What do YOU use to find housing? Join the conversation in our facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/520490942070811