In general, expect rooms to be small, both on and off base, with narrow doorways and scarce storage, so select your household items carefully before shipping. California-size beds, for instance, will greatly limit available housing selections.
Assignment to government quarters typically takes approximately two weeks. Finding a home in the community typically takes less than 30 days depending on how your schedule as well as the Housing. July through August is peak season, which can extend the process beyond 45 days. The Housing Service Center (HSC) provides complimentary house-hunting services and transportation. Your sponsor should arrange temporary accommodations at the Navy Lodge or Gateway Inns and Suite.
Meanwhile, the HSC will help you with the rental contract and explain lease agreements. The lease is written in Spanish and English. Whether you decide to reside on or off-base, loaner furniture is available for a maximum of 90 days while you are waiting for your household goods shipment to arrive or after they have been shipped to your next duty station. This includes items such as beds, chest of drawers, couch/loveseat, coffee and side tables, kitchen table and chairs.
You are strongly discouraged from shipping appliances to Rota, since the housing office will provide loaner appliances for both on and off-base for your entire tour, free of charge. This includes dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers. Freezers can be provided upon availability.
Base housing offers American Forces Network (AFN).
Internet, phone and Wi-Fi is paid by the resident. If you anticipate living off-base, you will
need to purchase a European or multi-system television if you would like to
view Spanish TV channels. Off-base residents can also receive AFN channels, AFN
decoder is provided upon availability. A satellite dish is needed. The cost of the dish and installation are the
responsibility of the resident.