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As one of the world’s largest cities by area and population, Mexico City has a great diversity of neighbourhoods. The prices of rent and other services vary depending on which neighbourhood you choose. A modest apartment in a working-class neighbourhood may be as little as 2,000 pesos a month (USD $110), while a luxurious apartment in a fancy neighbourhood like Polanco or La Condesa may cost as much about 100,000 pesos a month (USD $535).

A good place to find average rent prices and easy access to city services are the areas to the immediate north, south, and east of the historic centre. Be careful about not staying too close to a few surrounding neighbourhoods which can be dangerous, such as Tepito to the north and the chaos of the huge Merced market to the east.

Other neighbourhoods

Coyoacan to the south of the historic centre is an attractive option, with its colonial houses, large parks, and tranquil atmosphere. This was where Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky lived, among others.

A little farther south is San Angel, another area popular with expatriates. Like Coyoacan, it has historic homes, cobblestone streets, and leafy plazas. Also like Coyoacan, rent prices in San Angel are higher than in more prosaic neighbourhoods, although with a little searching, finding something reasonable shouldn’t be too difficult.

Finding accommodation in Mexico City

In most neighbourhoods in Mexico City, apartments are easier to find than a detached house. And while numerous websites can help you in your search (see below for some), the best way to find an apartment is to walk around and look for “For Rent” signs—Se Renta.

Take the metro (subway) to the neighbourhood you want to explore so you can use the metro station as a reference point later. Bring a pen and paper to write down phone numbers. If you don’t speak Spanish, try to get someone to call for you. If no one answers, keep trying—they’ll pick up eventually. Once you get through, ask for an appointment to see the place.

Do not rent the first place you see. There are countless options in Mexico City—keep looking until you find the perfect place. Also, it’s a good idea to visit a few places near each other so you can compare rent prices and other features.

Most apartments are unfurnished, and in Mexico unfurnished means that the apartment won’t even have a refrigerator or stove. So, it is a good idea to look for furnished apartments, which are especially common near universities because of so many students who live there temporarily. The largest university in Mexico City is UNAM, which is quite close to the San Angel neighbourhood. It’s an enormous campus surrounded by apartments that would fit any budget.

Buying property

Speak to a local real estate agent if you want to buy property in Mexico City. You’ll find that the agent will have hundreds if not thousands of options. Also, the agent will be an invaluable source of help for understanding the procedures and complications of buying property in a foreign country.

 Useful links: 

Craigslist Mexico City
Metros Cúbicos (renting)
Zonaprop (renting)
Trovit (purchasing and renting)
Gomfy (renting and homestays)
Compartodepa (renting and flat sharing) 

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