November 23, 2016

Understanding Housing: Your Options and Why They Matter

Housing Options for Travel Nurses

One of the biggest factors a nurse considers when deciding to travel is housing. Giving up the safety and security of home for life on the road can be intimidating, so it’s not hard to understand why this is at the top of so many nurses’ lists of priorities.

TNAA housing options

When you accept a travel assignment, you will have several housing options. These will vary depending on which agency you’ve chosen to travel with, as each one offers something slightly different. Some provide private housing while others provide shared housing, and furnishing packages can vary widely.

We’re breaking down housing options below, but check out our Housing page for even more!

Company Provided Housing

When you take a travel assignment with TNAA, one housing option you’ll have is company provided housing. This offers a simple solution to finding a place to live in your new city, as our housing specialists locate, lease and furnish an apartment for you near the hospital where you will be working. You’ll receive a studio or one-bedroom apartment, basic furniture package, and basic utilities including electricity, gas, water, sewer and trash – all set up and ready to go! We take care of the entire process, leaving little for you to do besides sign the paperwork and pay the rent and any deposits.

We love offering this convenient program to our nurses, but believe it or not, it’s not our most popular option. What could be the downside of having your housing completely handled for you? Well, company provided housing is the most costly option. When you choose this program, 100% of your housing subsidy is used to provide you with the best possible accommodations, leaving no excess.

Find Your Own Housing

Many travelers opt to save money from their housing stipends by finding their own housing. This is a great way to help your housing stipend go farther, as many good deals can be found when renting from private parties. Popular resources for finding private-party rentals include Craigslist, Airbnb and VRBO.

Saving all that money is great, but finding your own housing in a completely new city is certainly intimidating. The downside to doing it yourself is that you could wind up wasting money on a property that doesn’t meet your standards, or in the worst case, be victim of a scam. (Read our Craigslist Safety Tips) Our housing specialists advise travelers who want to find their own housing to stay in a hotel for the first two weeks of their assignment while they tour properties and meet apartment managers in person – and they are always happy to help set up reservations!

TNAA’s Easy Stay Program

Unique to TNAA, our Easy Stay Program helps you make the most out of your housing subsidy. Through our partnership with Travelers Haven, the country’s largest supplier of temporary housing to the healthcare industry, we give travelers access to their nationwide network of apartments, extended-stay hotels and privately owned properties, plus discounted rates and the convenience of rent, deposits and utilities in a single monthly payment. With the guidance of our housing specialists and the power to choose your own housing, it’s easy to see why this is our most popular option!

We also offer our travelers others forms of assistance in setting up housing. For those who need a little help with start-up costs like deposits and utilities, we offer payment assistance which can be conveniently deducted from the first few paychecks of your assignment. Just want some advice on your new area? We’re happy to provide leads on apartments where we’ve placed happy travelers many times before and information about other vendors in the area.

Here for You at Every Step

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At TNAA, we make the housing process as seamless as possible with one of the most trusted, experienced teams of housing specialists in the industry. No matter where you’re traveling or what your housing needs are, we’ll be here to help you have the best experience – and assignment – possible.