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Travel nursing comes with a unique set of challenges and hurdles. Not only are you expected to exceed at your job—performing rounds, working side-by-side with medical professionals, and keeping patients alive—but you’re also faced with all the hassles of regular traveling. Everything from flight itineraries to buses and train schedules to temporary housing are constantly on your radar.
The hectic and fast-paced nature of this career is probably one of the reasons why you chose travel nursing as an occupation. But that doesn’t mean you love every aspect of your job. When it comes to housing, there’s the neighborhood to consider, finding a short-term month-to-month lease, making sure it fits your schedule and budget, and of course, inspecting it to make sure it meets your standards.
Wouldn’t it be nice if temporary housing could be one less thing you had to worry about?
It can be. Enter furnished housing. Below, you’ll find all the top tips and tricks for finding furnished rentals for your next nursing destination.
When you’re away for 3-6 months at a time for a nursing assignment, it can be helpful to set up a home away from home. But for this, you need furnishings. You need a bed and a couch, a coffee table and a cozy rug, some decorations—framed pictures and potted plants—to make it feel like home—and everything you need to keep a house running, from silverware to cleaning supplies.
You need a furnished place that offers a short-term lease.
The best-case scenario would be if a family could just conveniently leave for the 17 weeks you are scheduled to work at the nearby hospital. That way, you can just slip in, enjoy all the amenities of a home, and then check out when you’re done.
In a way, Zeus Living offers exactly that. With furnished neighborhood homes throughout major metropolitan areas—think, SF, LA, Seattle, D.C., NY, and Boston—Zeus offers you your own furnished home for stays of a month or longer in just a few clicks. Every Zeus furnished home that has:
At one time, this type of convenience was only available as corporate housing. Zeus was born to help businesses and individuals in need of temporary housing that feels like home. Instead of staying in an impersonal hotel room, you can stay with Zeus for an intimate living situation as a more affordable alternative.
It’s a service that’s great for everyone—especially travel nurses and healthcare professionals on the go.
This tip is a warning sign: If it seems too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. But what does this mean? What are some of the tricks that lurk behind seemingly innocent pictures on the Craigslist ad you’re looking at?
It’s alarming to hear, but the number of scams on sites like Craigslist are relatively high, and entrapments are becoming more and more complex. This is yet another reason to use a service like the one set up by Zeus—where every apartment goes through a certified inspection process.
One way to avoid a lot of the scams listed above is to understand the market value of the area. Often these devilish tricks come with an apartment or home that looks like a fantastic deal to travelers.
Great housing deals, especially for furnished places, do exist, but knowing the market value allows you to see right through the “exceptionally priced” scam. As a relatively quick way to understand the market, explore a few different housing sites and create a spreadsheet that takes into account:
There are plenty of more factors that go into the price of a home. However, just by creating a quick spreadsheet and accounting for a few variables you can get a general sense of what may be the most reasonable prospect in terms of housing options for a short-term lease. That way, when you find something with twice the square footage at half the price you can avoid wasting your time and move onto the next option.
A place that’s always conveniently furnished (and regularly cleaned) is a hotel. Long-term stay hotels are typically out of the question due to the price. However, hotels can be a great option for traveling nurses in certain situations.
The major downside of a long-term hotel stay is that the impersonal feel might creep in after the first week or so. Sure, staying in a hotel is always exciting. Every day you come back from work to fresh sheets, and the tiny bottles of shampoo are adorable. But eventually, the feeling of not being in a “Home home” can start to weigh on you.
It’s no secret that locals in the area have the inside scoop on the best places to live. Thus, many travel nurses find it helpful to arrive a week before their job is intended to start and scope the area before deciding on a place. You may want to check out where the nearest grocery stores are, if there is a fitness center in the area, or whether there are any cafes and restaurants walking distance from your new home away from home.
Being here early, you can have plenty of apartment showings scheduled for the day you arrive. This gives you a comfortable amount of time to really decide where you want the next 3-6 months of your life to be.
Most travel nurses are contracted under a travel nurse agency. The agency helps to simplify their lives by assisting with everything from housing to finding assignments to taxes (without an agency, travel nurses would need to file taxes as a contractor every 3 months).
Your representative has probably fielded every question imaginable from other nurses, and how to find comfortable travel nurse lodging that comes furnished probably ranks among the most common. Apart from having a well of resources to pull from, depending on your agency and representative, they might help with your efforts to find the perfect furnished apartment.
As a nurse, you have to be prepared to face every emergency situation in the medical arsenal. As a traveling nurse, you have to do this and find travel nurse accommodations for every assignment. That includes packing every 2-6 months, traveling to a new city, and finding accommodations that make your life easier.
Let Zeus Living be your travel nurse temporary housing finder and take one of your biggest headaches off your plate.
Apartment Therapy. 8 Things on a Craigslist Listing That Shout “Scam!” https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/craigslist-scam-red-flags-260563
The Gypsy Nurse. What is Rapid Response Travel Nursing? https://www.thegypsynurse.com/blog/rapid-response-travel-nursing/