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 Booking.com 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.
Before you find your ideal intern housing, whether it’s in a hotel room, Airbnb, or apartment, ask yourself these questions:
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:
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.
Unlike most extended stay hotels, on-demand housing features full-size kitchens equipped with cooking tools, blenders, and cookware.
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.
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.
Paying for your whole summer at once is expensive. For stays of 30+ nights, you won’t have to pay the full amount at booking. Place a deposit now and pay for your first month 14 days before checkin. (You will see the details on the booking page.)
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.
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.
Lodgeur apartments include free, gated garage parking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.