Summer & Temporary Housing

Once your internship is all set to go, it’s time to find somewhere to live. Be prepared to do some research and legwork to find a place that fits your needs. Short-term housing options vary widely depending on location. To begin your search:

  • Check in with the hiring manager. The chances are good that they have a list of housing resources.
  • Ask friends and family. Someone may have a room to rent for the summer or know someone in the region where you’ll be working.
  • Network with Grinnell alums.
  • Research rents in the area so you’re not caught off-guard. If you find a listing that sounds too good to be true, it very likely is.
  • Tour before you buy. If at all possible, see the place before you sign your lease and put down a deposit. If it’s not possible to go there in person, ask the landlord for a live video tour or a friend or family member to go take a look for you.
  • Read your lease carefully. If something doesn’t seem clear or fair, be prepared to negotiate or move on to another situation.

A number of colleges and universities make dorms available in the summer for short-term rentals. Our list might help get you started.







Des Moines


Iowa City

Los Angeles

New York


San Francisco

Washington DC

Multiple Locations/National

*For those affiliated with university only