Okay, here's the situation. Last year I worked in a union state as a chemistry teacher and now I'm looking to move south. After three months of off-and-on searching, I got a letter of intent for a Virginia school district (says it's a conditional offer, spells out salary and title only). It is the only offer on hand and a quick check with the district's HR staff informed me that until the board approves and a formal contract is signed nothing is binding, so I signed it. Workplace and the role seem alright, contract should be out next week after the board meets BUT- I can't find an affordable flat within a 30-45 min commute of the school! I'm getting ready for a big summer trip next week with family (months of planning, will be out of contact for weeks, trip of a lifetime so no backing out now) but there's just too much uncertainty with this new position. Housing is really the only issue- I've been looking, driving around, and making phone calls with private renters, apartment complexes for weeks trying to find affordable housing, but so far found nothing. Rental costs in the area are about 45-50% of my estimated take-home (after-tax) income and the only options I see are as follows (hence the panic): A) Live with distant relatives and commute 30+ minutes every day (dial up internet and no social scene), B) Live with parents and commute an hour plus daily (ugh, not that again!), C) Take it in the pooper on rent with Ramen for dinner an awful lot, D) Decline and look elsewhere, gambling on finding work when I get back (+'s: have multiple certs already, -'s: teaching exp limited so first year all over again, besides the risk of going broke if I don't get a job for next school year). I'm wondering if I should start pressing more on contacts in other districts to setup interviews and make offers of their own but am concerned that may come back to bite me if I do and it seems an extreme solution. Honestly hoping folks on here will offer some alternatives I don't currently see. Am I making the right moves here? Is it be ethical to take the only offer on hand then keep looking? Can I break the Letter of Intent if I get a better offer?