Seasonal Housing 101

One of the neat things about working a seasonal job is, while everyone else heads home after a few days, you get to enjoy the beauty of being there for an entire season. Most employers posting work on Vagajobs.com are located in remote areas or at resorts. It would be impractical to commute to your job from the nearest city so all these places supply some form of housing with the understanding you are temporary resident. For each of the following types of employee housing, I’ll briefly go over what you should expect as well as pros and cons. This should help you weigh your decisions on where you want to live for your dream seasonal job. Let’s get into the low down on seasonal work housing.

On-Site Housing

Many, but not all seasonal jobs supply on-site housing. This type usually is offered at larger resorts and national parks where the full-time population is scarce or rental costs are too prohibitive. Every description is different and can range from bunkhouses to private rooms. For some, room and board is included which means less bills to worry about. For others, rent is deducted from your paycheck. Be mindful of the amount of stuff you bring or be prepared to store some stuff in your car. When I worked at Acadia National Park, our bunk-room had four people and the closet was barely big enough to fit myself. Thankfully, new housing has been built since, but lack of storage space still exists at most places.

Dylan's Employee Housing @ Yosemite National Park
Inside Dylan's Employee Housing @ Yosemite National Park

Off-Site Housing

This option is very common at ski resorts or near a town with a population of more than a handful where rentals are plentiful among tourists. A lot more research needs to be invested to find the best deal. Many employers on Vagajobs.com supply you with resources to find rentals that have been reliably used by past employees. With offsite housing, you are the one in charge which can be a good thing, but results may vary.

Vehicle Living #vanlife

An option that’s trending on social media is choosing to live in your vehicle. Seasonal work housing on wheels if you will. However, this is nothing new. Retirees have been hitting the road in their RVs for decades. If you plan to pursue the seasonal job lifestyle for more than a few seasons, it might be worth the investment to live in a van (like Dylan does), bus, or even a jeep. This option gives you 100% independence to make your own rules, but you will be spending a lot of time making that dream come true.

Hopefully this handy guide can prove helpful towards your housing options. But, like anything, it is what you make of it. You can’t show up and expect an adventure to just happen to you. It’s vital to put yourself out there and be vulnerable enough to make new friends and try new experiences. That’s when the magic happens. 

Now go towards that magic!