Travel Nurse Housing in Los Angeles - What You Need To Know.

You know the draw… it’s 80 degree winter days, majestic palm trees swaying in every direction, and miles and miles of beaches in any direction but what can a travel nurse really expect when taking an assignment in LA? You'll learn about the 5 Los Angeles hospitals that hire the most travel nurses. Average Rents for travel nurse housing, where to live, and what to expect while working in LA.

Posted by Brian Payne - Co-Founder and CEO on December 21, 2017

LA is a pretty big place and it’s super spread out, so if you’re a travel nurse looking for short-term furnished rentals in Los Angeles, make sure you’re within a radius that will provide an acceptable commute. Yes, two things are understood in that sentence; 1.  Forget public transportation - you’ll need to bring your car, and 2. There’s always traffic!  One good thing (of many) about being a travel nurse in Los Angeles however is that you’ll hopefully miss the typical traffic patterns because of your 7-7 schedule!  If you're not going to LA, please Search our map for another area now. 


Travel Nurse Housing in Los Angeles -


Before we go too far, let’s look at the 5 Los Angeles hospitals that hire the most travel nurses. There are certainly more hospitals than 5 that hire travel nurses (like White Memorial, Valley Presbyterian, and the VA) but these 5 hospital systems make up the majority as they have 9 campuses in and around LA. (Keep in mind that this doesn’t include Torrance, Long Beach, Anaheim, Riverside, or other surrounding’s just LA proper).  Here they are: 

  1. Kaiser (LAMC, Sunset, W. LA, Panorama City…)
  2. Cedars Sinai
  3. CHLA (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)
  4. USC Keck
  5. UCLA (Santa Monica, Ronald Reagan)


As a rule, the further west you go, the more money you’ll spend.  Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach are probably the two best beaches to live at and still commute into work. Brentwood and W. LA are also desirable areas and are all west of the 405. Going a little further south, but still west of the 405 is, Marina Del Rey and Venice are also doable.  


Say you’re working at Cedars Sinai or Kaiser Sunset/CHLA, you may want to live inland a little bit, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Cedars is essentially in Beverly Hills, and Kaiser Sunset is situated just east of the famous Sunset Strip.  Children’s Hospital LA is near Kaiser on Sunset.  For these two hospitals, consider West Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silverlake, or Glendale, or Pasadena.  You can even do North Hollywood, which will be “less expensive” and a bit longer commute, but still very doable.


If you’re at USC, you’ll be commuting for sure. Think Manhattan Beach and Culver City to the west, and Silverlake, Glendale, or Pasadena to the east.  There are pockets of good areas and bad areas all throughout LA, but these are probably the most desirable areas to live in LA.

Let’s Get Local


There are two rules of thumb when it comes to getting around Los Angeles: 1. Without a car, you’re dead in the water, and 2) locals say everything is about “a half hour away,” but do yourself a favor...leave early because the 405 and the 10 can get absolutely brutal.  


Oh, and one more important thing, you need to know the right way to say two important street names to save you some unwanted embarrassment among your peers.  Sepulveda Blvd - It's (Sep-ulv-eh-da) NOT Sepul-veeda, and Cahuenga Blvd. (It's cah-wenga).  Lastly, don’t forget that Rodeo Blvd has nothing to do with roping steer!

Average Rents for Travel Nurse Housing in LA


Now that you’re practically a local, what else can you expect?   Well, you can expect to pay some extra coin to for your housing costs as it’s #6 or #7 (depending on which report you read) on the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, and the fact that you need short-term/furnished housing, may increase costs as well.  Just be prepared, and if you’re coming to LA for a travel nurse assignment, just chalk up the extra money to the experience you’ll have as you will not regret it!


Want to know the average rent in Los Angeles?  According to the Travel Nurse Housing map (powered by Furnished Finder), a private furnished unit (single occupancy) will cost an average of $2100, but if you’re looking for a shared space, that will come in slightly less at about $1225.


Why List on Travel Nurse Housing?


Property owners can list their space on TNH in order to connect with travel nurse tenants.  Travel nurses stay for 3 months at a time and make great tenants because they’re pre-screened traveling healthcare employees. As an added layer of security, Furnished Finder has also partnered with Keycheck, an online service for landlords to screen tenants and create state specific leases. Furnished Finder is totally free for travelers and there are no booking fees or commissions!  Travel nurses and medical staffing companies depend on us for furnished housing, so if you’re renting to travel nurses now, or you’re looking to rent to travel nurses, list your property now.  




Brian Payne - Co-Founder and CEO

Furnished Finder

Brian started renting to travel nurses in 2007 while he was working in the healthcare industry as a internal pacemaker and defibrillator technician. He'd not only work with travel nurses in the cath lab and telemetry units, but he'd rent his short term furnished rentals to them when they came to town for work. From this, Furnished Finder was born, and now it's the site where travel nurses and the medical staffing industry come for travel nurse housing. There are about 100,000 travel nurses in the US and around 30,000 of them are working at any given time as they're constantly rotating around the nation. Travel nurses stay for about 3 months at a time, and require safe, clean, and affordable furnished rentals when they travel for work. Furnished Finder is the leader in the traveling nurse rental space.