The NSA Souda Bay, Crete Housing Service Center assists DoD military and civilian personnel with their assignment to either permanent party quarters or locating adequate housing in Crete. The majority of our military are on unaccompanied tours. This section will answer many questions and help you get started. The information below provides some information that you should considered while making pre-travel arrangements.
Unaccompanied Housing (Barracks) assignment is limited to E-4 and below personnel. All E-4 and below are required to live in the barracks. For all E-5 and above personnel, upon arrival, if adequate temporary lodging is not available on-base, your sponsor will make arrangements for hotel accommodations. You may lodge at any recommended hotels in the area that have a Greek tourist operations license. The Navy Gateways Inns & Suites front desk maintains a list of recommended hotels. There are several hotels located approximately 7-10 miles from base, usually near a base bus route. Most local hotels accept payment by credit card (VISA, MasterCard), Euro or U.S. dollars. You will be entitled to Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) for at least 30 days, but not to exceed 60 days until you locate off-base housing. E-4 and below personnel will not be authorized TLA as they are permanent residents in government quarters. There is very little storage space available in the barracks so it is highly recommended that any personal property shipments be kept to essential personal items, uniforms, and civilian attire
The NSA Housing Office maintains a current list of apartments and houses available for rent in the local area. A housing run (on a sign-up basis) is conducted for personnel interested in seeing rental units available. Housing will also assist with your Greek/American housing lease. A supply of U.S. government furniture items and appliances are available for sign out for the period of your tour.
OFF-BASE HOUSING (This section applies to E-5 and above)
*Note: For E5 and above, you will need to have around $2500+ on hand (Depends on pay grade and rent costs). Once your lease is signed by housing and processed by CSD, all your allowances will begin and your pay will settle. Move in costs are typically 1st month’s rent, security deposit (=1 month rent) and deposit for utilities (up to 130 Euros).
**Upon arrival to NSA Souda Bay, if you think some financial issues may arise from the initial expenditures, please inform your Leading Chief Petty Officer who will liaison with our ADMIN office to assist as necessary. Bottom line: Communicate with your sponsor!
***Recommendation: If you do not have the necessary funds of at least $2,500.00 it is recommended to request advance Overseas Housing Allowance at least 3 days prior to signing lease. For more details please contact CSD upon your arrival.