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How Does Travel Nurse Housing Work?

The biggest concern for most nurses considering travel jobs: Where am I going to live? The Travel Nurse Academy explains what travel nurse housing options are, who pays for it, and how the accommodations are arranged.

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How Does Travel Nurse Housing Work?

When working with most travel nursing agencies, there are typically two options nurses have when it comes to payment for housing. The first—and most popular—is to take a housing stipend from your agency.

The stipend option, which is tax-free, requires you to book your own arrangements. For many nurses, the benefit of this route is that, if they are able to secure housing at a price below the stipend, they may spend the remaining money on other costs associated with being away from home. It’s important to note that the dollar amount of your stipend can vary greatly based on the location of your assignment and your specific contract.

The second option is agency-placed housing.

For agency-placed housing, your travel nursing agency should take care of all of the booking for you and pay the housing costs directly—there’s less action required on your end, but you do not receive the tax-free housing stipend.

Both options have great advantages - choose the option that works best for you.

Learn more about life as a travel nurse with the Travel Nurse Boot Camp from Next Travel Nursing.

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How Does Travel Nursing with a Spouse, Family, or Pet Work?

For many nurses, their pet is like a family member, and living without them for an extended period could be rough for both parties. Typically, there are pet-friendly housing options available near medical facilities, but this may limit your options when searching for accommodations.

Be sure to discuss this need up front with your recruiter so that they know to include it in their research.

For nurses needing to accommodate spouses, children, or significant others, larger housing options are usually available. This will likely increase the cost of housing, and limits the scope of the search, but certainly is doable with careful planning in advance of your start date.

In most cases, your agency’s travel and housing team is able to provide recommendations that fit your needs when traveling with a spouse, family, or pets. The key is to clearly communicate your needs to your recruiter.

Learn more about life as a travel nurse with the Travel Nurse Boot Camp from Next Travel Nursing.