Instructor Housing Options

We know that finding affordable, short-term housing can be tough in certain areas. For those of you who are thinking about relocating but are not sure where to start, here are a list of resources to help. Click on the options below for more details. 

California-specific Resources

Instructor Homestays & Subsidized Housing

We know short-term, affordable housing can be hard to find in the Bay area. For staff that currently live outside of the Bay area, we have a few options to help you find housing for the summer. 

College of Marin (Open to non-students)

Marin is located near our Mill Valley camp location.  This site has great, affordable options available. More info at


Rentashare is defining a new co-living experience in California where creators, and academics can come together to socialize, share ideas and develop relationships that will last a lifetime. Pricing is pretty reasonable (around $900/month)! If 3 or more Avid staff are living in one place, we can provide an Avid4 van to help you get to/from work.


Hotpads was created in Washington, DC, in 2005, by three apartment-seeking college friends. After too many misleading classified ads and nicotine-scented payphones, they knew they could do better. So they created HotPads, the first-ever map-based, renter-first, odor-free search platform. In 2011, Hotpads moved to San Francisco, and in 2012, HotPads joined the Zillow family. Today, HotPads continues to build game-changing features into its rental search website and apps for iPhone, Android, iPad, and Kindle.

Sanborn County, CA Park

$18/night campsites, showers available! Great for those working at our Burlingame or Palo Alto camps. Find out more here.

Avid4 Staff Housing Contact list 

This document allows Avid4 staff populate their contact info if they are seeking housing or have housing to provide. The hope is that a few staff can find a place together!


General Resources

Avid4 Adventure Staff Facebook Groups

Once you are hired, you will be added to our staff Facebook group for the state in which you will work. This is an active group that will allow you to connect immediately with other staff and alumni staff to discuss housing options. Our community of staff love to be a resource for newcomers!

Campus Cribz is a site that has options for short-term housing in California, Colorado and Oregon. 


Craigslist is a great resource to find subletting opportunities, a room or entire apartment to rent short-term. 


Connects people with rooms for rent with people that need to rent rooms. 


This is a fun, creative website where you work/trade some in exchange for small jobs or tasks around the house.


Some of our former staff have asked us for resources on safe places to park their converted vans/trucks during the summer. Below is the information that has been passed along to us. We will update this list as we obtain new information. If you have relevant information on other places, please email that to and we will update this page. 

  • Mountain Project 
  • San Jose, CA – Amigos de Guadalupe – this is for evening parking in safe places at designated parking lots (churches etc) in places in Santa Clara county. The process involves a1hr interview, with a case manager, to get a placard for a vehicle with current registration and insurance. Twice a week showers and laundry service available in some lots.  Please contact (408) 341 6080 for more details.
  • Reddit articles 

Adventure Awaits

We bring adventure to both campers and staff alike. You might even say we’re Avid4 it. We hope that housing is not the reason holding you back from this meaningful and exciting opportunity. Check out our available positions for more details!

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