Should you use Zeus Living for your digital nomad stays abroad? We dig deep into the app to answer all the burning questions you might have. We also include our own review and opinion to make sure you're well informed before using the app!
We all sometimes want a change of pace, and we’ve all had days where we wonder what it would be like to pick up and move to another city. If you like living with others, we'd recommend checking out Outsite. But what if you prefer living alone or finding a place all to yourself?
If you're a remote worker, you might’ve been strongly tempted, but what do you do about housing for longer than just a quick holiday somewhere? That’s where Zeus Living comes into the picture to answer your questions.
What is Zeus Living?
Zeus Living wants to connect you with housing for whatever your needs are. Whether you’re moving, remote working, scoping out a city for a potential move, or even renovating, Zeus Living offers stylish and comfortable homes in cities across the US.
Houses are all fully furnished, and come complete with WiFi, kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, and more. With Zeus Living, you only have to worry about selecting a city, and being there for your check-in date. Think of it as a more professional and longer stay version of Airbnb!
Zeus Living offers houses in several (according to their website, the exact number is 94) cities, but their locations are restricted to the US. You can find their list of cities here. The number of houses available in each city will vary. While you can’t visit any of the houses in person before signing a lease, you can take 3D tours of all the houses available to see what it looks like before you sign on any dotted line.
The minimum length of stay in all cities is 30 nights, but you can stay as long as you want beyond that (assuming nobody else has already booked your desired dates).
How do leases work?
If you decide to stay in a Zeus Living home, you’ll enter into a lease for the duration of the time you want to stay. To book a home, you simply apply from the listings online. Your application is then reviewed by the Zeus Living team before you can move forward in the booking process. Your booking will be confirmed after both you and Zeus Living sign the lease, and your required upfront payment has cleared.
All bookings require contact information, pet information, and agreement to the terms, cancellation policy, and rental agreement. You will also need to provide identity verification before checking in. If you choose to stay for over 35 days, you will also need to pay for the first 30 days, along with a one-time cleaning fee and security deposit to book. For 30 day stays, you will need to pay rent for your full stay, the cleaning fee, and a security deposit to book.
Zeus Living also runs tenant screenings using ID verification, a soft credit check, and a background check.
Sometimes life happens, and your plans get derailed. If you’d planned on spending some time in a Zeus Living property, but need to cancel, fear not, there is a policy in place. While penalties vary based on when you cancel, they do have a 30-day cancellation policy. See below for details on their various cancellation policies:
- If you cancel within 24 hours of booking, and before checking in, you’ll receive a full refund.
- Cancellations more than 30 days before check-in will be issued a full refund, minus a $400 cancellation fee
- Cancellations 30 or fewer days before check-in will result in you paying for the first 30 nights, and the $400 cancellation fee. You will be refunded for all nights beyond 30.
If you want a more flexible lease, there are options available that allow you to give 30 days’ notice when you’re ready to vacate the property.
Zeus Living reviews
On Yelp, Zeus Living has an average rating of 3/5 stars. The majority of the negative comments point to units being improperly cleaned before checking in (especially in relation to units where a pet had stayed previously), and a lack of clear, responsive customer service during stays.
If work from home is your jam, working for Zeus Living could be a perfect match! With some lush benefits, check out their current openings here. If engineering jobs are more your style, fear not, those are available too, with teams in San Francisco, CA, and Vancouver, BC in Canada. A team in Seattle, WA is in the works as well! The company has an average rating of 3.7/5 stars on Glassdoor based on over 50 current, and former employee reviews.
Whether you’re thinking about staying with Zeus Living or just looking for some insight about travel, housing, or work from home tips, their handy blog is full of interesting articles that cover all kinds of subjects. You’ll find articles about the best companies to work for in Austin, the pros and cons of living in Nashville, fun things to do in San Diego, and so much more!
Save some money
Leasing a place, even if just for a month, can run a steep bill. Even if the cost fits perfectly into your budget, who doesn’t love saving some money? While it’s not a recurring saving trick, when you open Zeus Living’s website for the first time, you’ll be prompted to enter your email to subscribe to their email list. In doing so, you’ll receive $100 off your first stay!
What’s the verdict?
Zeus Living is a nicer, more business-friendly model of Airbnb, which makes it perfect for a remote worker wanting to relocate for at least 30 nights. That being said, given the leases are long, and infrequently large cities, the monthly rents are on the more expensive side. If you’re trying to be budget-friendly for your remote work adventure, it would be better to find a cheaper alternative, especially if you don’t want to commit to staying somewhere for at least a month.
Don’t worry if Zeus Living isn’t the right fit for your travel goals. Here at Pilot, we want to help you figure out your perfect trip, whether it’s for a day trip or for months. Head over to our website for itinerary planning ideas, destination inspiration, budgeting tips, and more to make travel a breeze!