Because of the large amount of people that come to live in towns/cities that have oil nearby, finding housing can be a major problem. The price of houses will be outrageously high and the majority of workers can’t afford to buy one. It is a good idea to have a plan in place on where you are going to live BEFORE moving to the area to work or to apply for jobs.
6 Alternative Options for Oilfield Housing
- RV Park: These are easy places to set up for land owners so more and more people are starting up these parks. If you’re lucky you will be able to find a location that has a hook up for water and electricity but there is a good chance all of these spots will be taken.
- Sharing a House or Apartment: With rent being an all-time high in the majority of these towns, renting a place alone will cost you most of your income. A good idea is to find others to live with to help subsidize the cost of living. Looking on craigslist or talking to co-workers is a good place to start. Make sure you check out references before moving in with someone so you don’t get stuck with someone who won’t pay rent or will steal your possessions.
- Rent a Room: Some families will rent out a room in their house. This can be a good idea if you are a single person and don’t need much space. For some rent a room agreements, board is also included which can save money and time.
- Hotel/Motel: When you are new in town this can be a good alternative to live short term while you search for more permanent living quarters. Some companies will lease part of a hotel/motel and let their employees live there with some charging a fee. If you are considering living in a hotel/motel don’t assume there is vacancies, make sure you call ahead.
- Campground: This can be a good alternative for housing in the summer. In the winter months most campgrounds are closed and with the cold climate of most oilfield jobs it would be hard to survive.
- Man Camp: Some companies will pay for their employees to stay in a man camp or at least pay for some of it. This can be a good alternative if you are working lots of hours and don’t have any family in the area. If you want more information about man camps, click here.