Intern Housing in Houston

Congrats! You just got offered an exciting internship in Houston. Now what? But Houston doesn’t have an intern housing program with residence halls like you find in Washington, DC.

First things first, you need to get an idea of the average cost of rent in the area you will be moving to. If you’re looking for temporary housing for internships in Houston, you want to find an apartment that is clean, safe and close to your internship – all at a price you can afford. It also needs to pass the Mom Test.

While an unfurnished studio apartment in Houston will cost between $1,200 and $1,800 a month, there will also be costs for utilities, internet access and a bed. If you rent a furnished apartment from an online travel agency like Airbnb or or instead of directly from a host like Lodgeur, you will need to add 10-15% for the travel agency’s fees.

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we can help you find a stylish, flexible furnished apartment in Houston that won’t break the bank.

What should interns consider when looking for a place to stay?

Before you find your ideal intern housing, whether it’s in a hotel room, Airbnb, or apartment, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What is my budget? Does my internship offer a stipend/reimbursement policy?
  2. How far am I willing to commute to my internship? Will I drive, walk, Uber or ride the METRORail?
  3. What do I want close to my apartment? (grocery store, local bars, hair salon, and restaurants, etc.)
  4. What are my security needs? Is garage parking important to me? Is screening of all residents in my building important to me?

What are the different types of internship housing in Houston?

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Rental properties are not created equal. Set yourself up for a successful internship by booking with a trusted company.

Now it’s time to consider housing accommodations. With a variety of options, ranging from extended stay hotels, online booking sites, unfurnished apartments, and on-demand housing, it can be difficult to narrow down which one works best for you. So here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Extended stay hotels come with a hefty price tag, incredibly small living quarters and lackluster amenities (count yourself lucky if your room has a cooktop). While this may be doable for a few weeks, can you honestly picture yourself residing in a hotel room for the entire duration of your internship?
  • Online booking sites like Airbnb offer an endless array of choices, but there is a disappointing level of quality control and their booking fees add up quickly. (Check out our post on money-saving tips for your next extended stay.)
  • Craigslist and other similar sites can open a Pandora’s Box of potential issues. Misleading information, intrusive landlords, and rental scams top the list.
  • Unfurnished apartments require a lot more time, energy and money then they’re worth, especially if you’re only staying for a short period of time. In addition to signing a leasing agreement and furnishing your new place, be prepared to pay all kinds of fees throughout the duration of your stay (pet fees, cleaning fees, parking fees, etc.). You may wind up also paying an early lease termination fee if you want to move out early.
  • On the other hand, on-demand housing has completely changed the rental apartment game. You can rent a fully furnished apartment for as long as you need and avoid binding lease agreements. Gone are the days when intern housing needed to be rented for a whole summer or semester.

Why is a flexible extended stay best for an intern’s lifestyle?

Convenience and flexibility

A digital, fully transparent booking process, with no need for a long-term lease agreement. Only book the dates you want – without worrying about whether it fits neatly into weeklong or monthly boxes.

Furnished means fully furnished

Unlike most extended stay hotels, on-demand housing features full-size kitchens equipped with cooking tools, blenders, and cookware.

Monthly payment options

The price tag for a whole summer can feel like to pay before you start earning a paycheck. To make things easier, Lodgeur offers monthly payment options for stays over 30 nights.

Turnkey living

All utilities, including the internet, are set up and ready to go when you walk in the door. The bed is made and you’re already moved in.

Stylish, professional design

There is a happy medium between matchy-matchy, institutional hotel furniture, and the usual mishmash of furniture, decor, and personal items found in the listings of amateur Airbnb hosts.

Place a deposit to confirm your 30+ night stay

Lodgeur understands that your firm will pay you in the summer for your clerkship. To make things easier, Lodgeur offers monthly payment options for stays over 30 nights. Place a deposit now and pay for your first month 14 days before checkin. (You will see the details on the booking page.)

Wifi, washer and dryer, biweekly cleaning, utilities, and parking are all included

Before booking your internship housing, be sure to look into what the costs will be for utilities, wifi, parking and laundry. Lodgeur’s furnished apartments include all of this – there are no hidden fees. We even include a cleaning every two weeks on stays of 30+ nights so you can focus on your internship and studies.

Save money preparing food at home

Although there are dozens of restaurants within walking distance of Lodgeur at Mid Main Lofts, there are also grocery stores within walking distance. Lodgeur’s kitchens are chef ready and the apartment communities feature poolside gas grills.

Parking with Lodgeur

Lodgeur apartments include free, gated garage parking.

How do interns get around Houston without a car?

Whether you bring a car, it’s important to know how you will get to your internship location each day. Houston is manageable without a car if you stay in the right place. Check out a list of the walkable shops and businesses.

Stay in walkable Midtown during your summer internship

Lodgeur’s Mid Main Lofts location is in the heart of Midtown, Houston’s most walkable neighborhood. With a WalkScore of 91, this location has a dentist, barber shop, pharmacy and grocery store all within walking distance. Check out our post on the places you can walk to from Mid Main Lofts.

Ride the Houston METRORail for free during your summer internship

The METRORail is free in the summer for students. Bring your university ID and save hundreds of dollars each month on parking or commuting costs. Check out our post on using the Red Line of the Houston light rail system to explore the best of Houston without a car.

Lodgeur at Mid Main Lofts sits directly next to a METRORail Station (Ensemble Station on the Red Line). The Red Line will take you to downtown, the Museum District and the Texas Medical Center. You can also use the METRORail to access the Galleria.

METROrail map - Houston light rail
The Red Line of Houston’s light rail system (the METRORail) may be all you need during your internship in Houston.

Intern apartment costs

How much does a furnished apartment for interns cost in Houston?

In 2024, interns should expect to pay $2,450 to $3,800 per month for the all-in cost of a furnished apartment in Houston. There should be no extra fees, unless the intern is bringing a pet.

Why does a furnished apartment for interns cost more than a standard apartment?

Interns typically book an apartment that is turnkey – with furniture, utilities and internet included. They also look for apartments with flexible terms, so they can book for exactly the dates they need to stay.

What safety features should interns look for in furnished apartments?

Check out our post on security features to look for in a furnished apartment rental. You should look for gated garage parking, background checks for all guests, and auto-changing key access codes.

Who stays with Lodgeur during their internship?

Lodgeur regularly hosts interns from the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Vanderbuilt University, George Washington University, Princeton University, Baylor University, UT, UT Dallas, University of Dallas, Texas A&M, University of Houston and Rice University. Check out our advice for interns to be game ready on day one.

Take a virtual tour

Lodgeur has a few different apartment types to choose from for your internship housing. Take a 3D virtual tour of Lodgeur’s furnished apartments in Midtown and see floorpans for the unit types. You will also find tours of the expansive gym, pool and other amenities.

Book your intern apartment with Lodgeur

Search for your perfect intern apartment in Houston with Lodgeur, and book it online today. Prepare for your stay in Houston by checking out our City Guide so you’re prepared to experience America’s fourth largest city like a local.

Learn more about moving people, not furniture and corporate housing in Houston. We also have a parents’ guide to Houston intern housing.

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