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. One of the options alums can select on GrinnellConnect is “help with housing.”

•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