Rooftop views of sprawling Mexico City

Rooftop views of sprawling Mexico City

Mexico City is increasingly becoming popular with expats year after year, and it’s no wonder, this city has so much to offer! I mean, if you’re reading this post, you must already see the draw of living here, you don’t need any convincing. As Mexico City grows in popularity, the more competitive and pricier Mexico City apartments have become. That’s why it’s essential to have a game plan as soon as you’re ready to rent an apartment in Mexico City.

I created this guide from what I’ve learned over the years to help you know what to expect during this process and ultimately find your perfect apartment in Mexico City!


Apartment building in Roma Norte at the corner of Calle Durango & Jalapa

Apartment building in Roma Norte at the corner of Calle Durango & Jalapa

  1. Know What You Want

The first step to renting in Mexico City is knowing what you want. This is a massive city with many options, so it’s best to have an apartment wishlist to narrow your search initially. Some criteria you may want to consider when looking for apartments include:


Letter slot on an apartment door in La Condesa, Mexico City

Letter slot on an apartment door in La Condesa, Mexico City

2. How to Find Apartments for Rent in Mexico City

Now that you have a pretty good idea of what you’re looking for, it’s time to go out there and find it! I’ve spent months hunting for apartments for rent in Mexico City and have discovered some pretty great resources along the way. Here are what I think are the best ways to find a place for rent:


House in Roma Norte, Mexico City

House in Roma Norte, Mexico City

3. Start Visiting

Now that you’ve found a few promising prospects, it’s time to get viewing! You have your wishlist in the back of your head, you’re checking off the obvious things that the apartment has, but don’t forget to ask questions when they show you around! You may want to ask:


A large historic home on Calle Orizaba in Roma Norte, Mexico City

A large historic home on Calle Orizaba in Roma Norte, Mexico City

4. Submit Your Application

This process will vary depending on the flat so it’s best to be aware of the different scenarios. Sometimes it will be formal, where the owner has a property manager in charge. They will almost certainly ask you for an aval, a background check, and a small processing fee of around MXN$600. If they accept your application, then all that’s left for you to do is pay the deposit and move in! On the other hand, it could be more casual where the owner rents their place themselves. You’d be reporting to the owner directly to give them an aval and a deposit. They probably won’t ask for much more. Whether you’re going through a property manager or the owner directly, it’s relatively straightforward to rent an apartment in Mexico City. Most contracts are for a year and make sure you read the lease agreement thoroughly (if there is one).


An apartment building idyllically situated in Plaza Rio de Janeiro in Roma Norte

An apartment building idyllically situated in Plaza Rio de Janeiro in Roma Norte

That’s all there is to it! Renting an apartment in a foreign country can feel daunting at first, but hopefully, with this guide you’ve seen that renting in Mexico City is not too difficult, you just need the right tools and some patience. Happy hunting and leave me any questions you may have in the comments!

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