INSTRUCTOR HOUSING RESOURCES

 

We understand that finding affordable, short-term housing can be tough in certain areas.  And, a simple Google search can be frustrating as the most expensive options tend to pop up first. Click on the options below for more details. 

Additionally, if you have already accepted an offer to work at a particular location but are struggling to find housing near that area, please reach out to the Staffing Team! In some instances, we can find another location with a similar position available.

 

California-Specific Resources

Often, the most affordable housing can be found in communities adjacent to your primary camp location. On the other hand, if you Google a camp location below with keywords like “short term housing”, you are likely to see only the most expensive options. When you begin searching for housing, widen your search to include the following:

  • Cupertino (South Bay) – Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Menlo Park, Redwood City
  • Mill Valley (North Bay) – San Rafael, Novato
  • Oakland/Orinda (East Bay)- Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro
  • Burlingame (Peninsula) – San Francisco, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Daly City, or other locations on the BART transportation system (see below for more details)

Avid4 Family Homestay Program

We are excited to offer homestay opportunities to Instructors in California and Colorado!

Every year, we have great staff members from across the U.S. in search of affordable short-term housing near our camp locations. In past years, families with extra space in their homes have hosted instructors for the camp season (approx. late May to mid-August). We are excited to roll out this program again in 2022!

To learn more and express interest, fill out this form by Friday, March 18th, 2022!

College of San Mateo Housing Resources 

The College of San Mateo has an extensive list of resources for students and non-students to find affordable housing options. You can access the site here. This option is best for Burlingame or Cupertino staff.

Berkeley Cooperative Housing

The Berkeley Cooperative has fully furnished rooms available at a reduced price for currently enrolled undergraduates (who do not have to attend UC Berkeley).  You must apply early as space is limited! This is a great option for Oakland or Orinda Day Camp locations, and many staff have used this in the past!

Housing Facebook Groups

Facebook has various housing-specific groups that allow the public to post about rooms available for rent. A few that have proven successful in the past are:

Rentashare

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)!

Hotpads

Hotpads was created in Washington, DC, in 2005, by three apartment-seeking college friends. 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.

Avid4 Staff Housing Contact list 

Interested in finding Avid4 roommates? This document allows Avid4 staff to add their contact info if they are seeking housing or have housing to provide. 

#VanLife

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 staffquestions@avid4.com 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 
  • Map of Walmart locations in the US that allow overnight parking.

 

Public Transit Options

Won’t have a car with you this summer? The San Francisco Bay Area has abundant bicycle-friendly routes, along with public transit systems. 

  • Bay Area Rapid Transit – This light rail system travels across large portions of the Bay Area and allows bicycles. 
  • AC Transit – Alameda County buses are a great option to link locations near our Oakland camp.
  • Caltrain – Trains travel between San Francisco and San Jose with abundant stops in between. This system is useful for Burlingame or Cupertino staff, and allows bicycles.

 

 

RESOURCES - All Locations

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!

Avid4 Family Homestay Program

We are excited to offer homestay opportunities to Instructors in California and Colorado!

Every year, we have great staff members from across the U.S. in search of affordable short-term housing near our camp locations. In past years, families with extra space in their homes have hosted instructors for the camp season (approx. late May to mid-August). We are excited to roll out this program again in 2022!

To learn more and express interest, fill out this form by Friday, March 18th, 2022!

Housing Facebook Groups

Facebook has various housing-specific groups that allow the public to post about rooms available for rent. A few that have proven successful in the past are:

California

Colorado

Oregon

Hipcamp.com 

This is a great site that allows you to search for available camping options across the US! The site also has alternative lodging options listed (i.e. treehouses or RV rentals).

Craigslist

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

Nesterly

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

WorkAway

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

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – Dispersed Camping

In some areas, you can camp on public land for a period of two weeks each month, often without paying fees.

the dyrt 

Find camping for tents, trailers, RVs, and cabins with reviews in a variety of locations!

Short Term Rentals

If you need a furnished space, some locations like Bend have rental management companies with shorter term houses and apartments. Some examples:

Rent around Bend (Furnished)

Short term rental in Bend

Affordable Housing in Bend

#VanLife

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 staffquestions@avid4.com and we will update this page. 

 

 

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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