Housing Resources

Temporary housing is one of the more important things to line up before starting a travel assignment. Use these resources to explore all your options before deciding on a temporary residence.

As an overall rule, always explain who you are and why you require short-term housing. Explaining that you are a medical professional coming to town to help the community for a short-term assignment will assure them that you are legitimate, paid well, and they are not likely to run into issues during your stay.

Extended stay motels/hotels

Motels and hotels that offer extended stay rates are two of the more traditional avenues for short-term room and board. They often offer free Wi-Fi and other perks that lend to the “convenience of home.” Some questions you should ask:

  • Does the facility offer weekly or monthly rates?
  • Is there a tax credit after 30 days of stay?
  • Do the rooms include a full-size kitchen or kitchenette?
  • If you travel with a pet, is the facility pet friendly? Any extra costs or clean-up fees?
  • What is the check-in/check-out policy?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • What is the cleaning policy?
  • What types of amenities are available? Gym, laundry, complimentary breakfast?
  • Always try and negotiate the rates. Ask, “What is the best rate you can give me?”

Short-term apartment/house rentals

Most towns will have apartment complexes where you may negotiate a short-term lease, or rental properties that you can rent on a month-to-month basis. Some questions you should ask:

  • Is a short-term lease or month-to-month available?
  • What if I need to break my lease?
  • What utilities/amenities are included in the rent? (water, cable, etc.)
  • Is the property furnished?
  • If not, do they have a preferred rental furniture referral?
  • Do I need to bring my own linens and house wares?
  • What is the deposit and is it refundable?
  • If you travel with a pet, are pets allowed inside the rental? Any extra costs or clean-up fees?
  • Always try and negotiate the rates. Ask, “What is the best rate you can give me?”

Other housing resources

Depending on what area of the country you are traveling to, you might find a wider range of housing options. Look for all-season cabin rentals, RV parks or call around to local realtors. Many realty companies offer rentals, sometimes unadvertised, and are an excellent traveler resource since realtors are generally familiar with all areas of their town. We have had several travelers choose to rent rooms from local residents, or live with a roommate, and it has worked out very well. Find out if you have any relatives or friends who might live in or near the area. The more options you consider, the likelier you are to find an option that provides both suitable accommodations and opportunity to save money. Other resources to consider: