Your career always keeps you moving from one place to another, so, it doesn't make a lot of practical sense to commit to purchasing a home, or even commit to a long-term lease. Finding housing options tailored to traveling nurses makes more sense. Depending on the location, housing for traveling nurses might be plentiful, but keep in mind that not every listing is the same.
If you work directly with an agency, they will likely have some listings for you to search from. If you've never chosen housing on your own or you've never worked in the area, it might be wise to rely on this list. The housing options provided by the agency are generally well vetted, so you can have confidence that the house is close to your working location and in a safe area.
In some instances, the agency will cover the housing cost for properties on their list in place of paying a stipend. In other instances, you will have to use the provided stipend to self-pay, so make sure the property is in your budget.
Everyone needs some level of privacy from time to time, so make sure you keep this factor in mind as you search for housing. Housing options that offer private, in-room bathrooms are always good. Properties that have separate living room and dining room spaces are also helpful in the event you want to get away from the other nurses sharing the space, at least temporarily.
Keep in mind, if you are in the area for a short-lived event such as a recent disaster, or to provide extra support to a hospital during a labor dispute, privacy might not be as big of an issue.
Review what amenities are offered with the housing, as the options are often all over the map. First, find out if utilities are covered as part of the housing fee or if there is an additional shared expense for these services. All-inclusive options are generally more ideal. Second, find out if there are washing facilities onsite. After a long shift, the last thing you want to do is travel to a nearby laundromat.
Lastly, find out about extras like cable and internet. Similar to utilities, some housing options include these extras in the rental fee. However, some owners require you to subscribe to these services yourself.
While you might not be able to find every luxury you want, it's important to at least find a few. How comfortable you are and how well you rest will impact the level of care you can provide your patients.