What kind of housing is on the North Slope?Do I rent a room somewhere?

All housing is provided free of charge as part of your remote work assignment. Most housing is dorm style, meaning you will share a room with someone and the communal bathrooms/showers are down the hall. 

Some rooms are single status (you don’t share) and come with an attached bath that is shared with the room next to you. The bath is between the 2 rooms so you each have your own entry. People who work for ConocoPhillips and BP and folks higher up the food chain are typically assigned to these rooms. 

Your room will have a bed, dresser, table or desk, closet, phone and TV hookup with free cable. Lots of rooms already have a TV installed but if not you’ll have to provide your own. More and more camps are installing free wireless internet. Otherwise, you can visit one of the free internet lounges or pay for internet cable hookup in your room. There are daily and weekly internet packages.

Bedding and towels are provided and housekeeping will wash them for you on a regular basis. Housekeeping also vacuums your bedroom, cleans your bathroom and generally wipes things down. These people work very hard at a job that is not easy. Treat your housekeeper with respect! 

UPDATE: Housing is changing on the slope. New camps being built mostly feature double occupancy rooms (some are all single status) with shared baths between 2 neighboring bedrooms. Flat screen TVs with cable and free internet access are being installed in every room. 

I asked about these changes and was told that studies have shown workers who are happy with their room assignments tend to stick around. There's less worker turnover, which makes employers happy. 

These changes make sense to me. When slopers are considering other work offers they always ask about the housing. If your current job provides you with a single room and the new offer puts you in a shared room, you're going to think twice about leaving your current job and cushy single-status room. Truth! 


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