Whether you’re thinking about moving to Mexico or are just curious about the cost of living in Mexico, it’s only natural to wonder: How much does rent cost in Mexico?
Since moving to Querétaro, Mexico, in October 2017, I’ve shared my monthly cost of living expenses. But, I thought it would be helpful to focus an entire post on all the expenses related to renting an apartment in Mexico.
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How to Find an Apartment in Mexico
For some context, I’ve been living in Querétaro for almost two years now. Home to right around a million people, Querétaro is three and a half hours northwest of Mexico City.
If you’re interested in the whole crazy story of how I found an apartment in Mexico, be sure to check out the post below.
As much as I’d hoped to find a furnished apartment in Querétaro, the market just wasn’t what I’d hoped for. In the end, location won out, and we decided to rent an unfurnished apartment in the city’s historic center.
Can a U.S. citizen rent an apartment in Mexico?
Yes! In fact, you don’t even need a temporary visa to do so.
During our apartment hunt, all the landlords we met with were willing to rent an apartment to foreigners. Some, interestingly enough, found it preferable.
However, you will need a Mexican national to cosign on your behalf. In Spanish, this person is called a fiador (guarantor).
If you decide to skip town, your landlord is legally allowed to ask your fiador to cover your rent. When they sign, they have to provide proof of income or property ownership.
My mom’s cousin, who lives in Querétaro, graciously agreed to be our fiadora.
If you’re not as fortunate to have family in the city you’re hoping to rent in, you could offer someone money to sign on your behalf. But, you’ll probably have to pinky swear not to dip before the rent is due.
Another option, one I’ve heard has worked for other expats, is to offer to double the security deposit.
Cost of Renting an Apartment in Mexico
Now, let’s get into all the expenses associated with renting an apartment in Mexico.
I’m guessing this is the expense you’re most curious about.
For our two-bedroom two-bath apartment in Querétaro’s historic city center, we pay $10,500 MXN per month.
In United States Dollars, that’s $534 USD.
Our neighbor, who is Mexican, lives in a one-bedroom one-bath apartment and pays half that amount.
Of all our utilities, gas is the most expensive.
In addition to our hot water heater, it fuels both our range and oven.
While all our utilities fluctuate from month to month, we pay $330 MXN per month on average.
That’s approximately $17 USD.
With all the plants we have, I’m surprised our water bill isn’t more.
We pay $200 MXN per month on average.
That’s around $10 USD.
No one, not even Mexicans, drinks the tap water in Mexico.
Instead, we buy garrafones (5-gallon jugs) of water from the corner store. Each garrafon costs $43 MXN. We usually go through two a week ($86 MXN), so eight per month ($344 MXN)
That’s approximately $18 USD spent on drinking water per month for a household of two people.
Since electricity is pretty much everyone’s most expensive utility, our monthly electricity bill is probably going to blow your mind.
Read More: 9 Things That Are A Lot Cheaper in Mexico
I’m sure there’s a reason why it’s so cheap. I just don’t know it.
On average, we pay just $31 MXN per month for electricity.
That’s less than $2 USD ($1.60 USD to be exact).
I should note, though, our house doesn’t have heating or air conditioning. While that might sound unbearable to some, it’s actually not a big deal at all.
The adobe walls keep the house cool when it’s hot, and on the few days it gets really cold here, we just bundle up.
While our apartment in Mexico has a lot (two bedrooms, a separate dining space, an office/gym and an interior courtyard), it didn’t come with a washing machine.
There is a hookup for one, but who wants to spend money on a washing machine when you can spend it on travel?!
For a while, I was taking my clothes to a drop-off laundromat in my neighborhood. But, when that closed, I had to find something else.
I decided to try out Mr. Jeff, which is a laundry service that both picks up and drops your clothes off at your house.
Because convenience is king, I purchased a “membership package” that includes four loads per month. Mr. Jeff offers a variety of packages, and my package covers all the dirty clothes two adults can accrue in a week’s time.
Mr. Jeff has an app, and I love how easy it is to schedule pickups. It takes two days for them to wash your clothes. Then, they bring everything back folded and smelling really freaking good.
The laundry service costs $776 MXN per month.
In USD, that’s around $40.
Would life, honestly, even be worth living without WiFi?
That’s a question I was forced to grapple with when we first moved to Querétaro in October 2017. For the full story about how difficult it was to get internet in Mexico, check out the post below.
In addition to binging on Netflix and scrolling Instagram until my eyes fall out, I use the internet for work. So does Taylor.
Since we both teach English online, it was super important we had a connection fast enough that would support us videoconferencing at the same time.
We signed a contract with a company called Megacable. At 100 Mbps, our fiber-optic connection is more heavy-duty and, therefore, more expensive.
Our package also includes cable and a landline. We don’t use the latter, but like I said, it’s a package.
Per month, the internet costs $749 MXN.
That’s approximately $38 USD.
How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Mexico?
So, now that you know about all the individual expenses associated with renting an apartment in Mexico, what’s the grand total?
Well, in all, we spend $659 USD per month to rent an apartment in Querétaro, Mexico. In recap, that figure includes:
- Drinking Water
- Laundry Service
Does that seem pretty reasonable? Well, it gets even better, amigo.
Because my boyfriend and I split everything 50/50, it costs me…
$329.50 per month to live in a lovely, two-bedroom two-bath apartment (more like a house, tbh) in Querétaro’s historic city center.
If that sounds pretty good to you, be sure to check out these other posts about living in Mexico: