Should I Take Paid Housing or the Housing Stipend?

January 25th, 2019 | Posted by bbarr in Travel Nursing, Travel Tips, Traveler Tips

By Sarah Wengert

Among the other great benefits we offer at PPR, our travelers always have the option of taking advantage of our 100% paid, private housing OR the DIY housing stipend.

So, which one should you choose? They are both great options, but which one is best for you really depends upon your unique situation, needs, and desires. In fact, the “right” answer on travel nurse housing for you might even change from assignment to assignment! Since there’s no wrong answer, merely a right-er answer for each individual, let’s take a look at the benefits of each option.

Benefits of Taking Paid Company Housing

This is the easy-breezy option of the two and it offers lots of security. When you take advantage of PPR’s 100% paid, private housing, all you have to do is pack, get the address from your recruiter, and go. PPR takes care of your rent, utilities, furniture, and housewares including things like sheets, towels, pots, pans, and a TV.

Also, if you’re a pet lover, you should know that PPR is a pet-friendly company, meaning we work hard to place you in housing with your animals if at all possible. A huge perk for pet people!

Taking paid housing is a particularly great choice for first-time travelers. When you’ll already be facing the learning curve of your first assignment it’s nice not to have to worry about or negotiate your housing.

Another benefit is you will be free from being left holding the housing bag should there be any cancellation of your contract. Cancelled contracts are pretty rare, but they do happen. If you negotiated your own short-term housing and then face a cancelled contract you will have to deal with freeing yourself from your short-term lease or other rental. When you are on company housing, we handle that hassle for you!

Benefits of Taking a Housing Stipend

The chief benefit of taking the housing stipend is freedom! You have the freedom — and the cash — to negotiate whatever type of housing scenario you’d like. This is a great choice for the independent and cost-conscious traveler.

The stipend is a great option for experienced travelers who are familiar with the ins and outs of arranging short-term leases and rentals. As they say, “with great freedom comes great responsibility,” but as long as you are up to the challenge of booking and, if necessary, furnishing your own pad, then go for it!

Stipends are also great if you have a situation that already affords you alternate housing. For example, you have an RV or fifth-wheel, or you have a relative to stay with in your location. In this scenario, where you’ve already made an investment in housing or have access to a place to stay, then you just get to keep more of your hard-earned dollars via the weekly housing stipend!

Whatever you choose, just know there is no wrong answer — only the right answer for you. Click here to get started on finding your next adventure with PPR!

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