Mexico at a Glance
Living in Mexico
Expats in Mexico often get a multitude of contradicting impressions traveling between vibrant cities and the serene countryside. When planning your stay in Mexico, cultural differences and chaos may overwhelm you.
Life in Mexico is fairly cheap compared to many other countries. Of course, this depends largely on your location of choice. When you decide to spend time abroad in Mexico, make sure to find out which residential areas you should avoid. Crime levels are often higher in certain urban districts. Speak to locals and other expats in Mexico if you are unsure.
However, keep in mind that it will be difficult for you to find a place to rent if you don’t have sufficient command of the local language. Consider hiring an agent to help you get a good deal and prevent you from paying too much rent.
As mentioned before, estate agents are especially helpful if you plan on living in Mexico but are not fluent in Spanish yet. They know all the nice neighborhoods and may be able to assist foreigners with their house-hunting. Talk to different real estate agencies – they often list the same postings at different rates.
Newspaper ads and online searches also offer a lot of information on different types of accommodation. This is a common way to find apartments or houses. In Mexico City, big newspapers such as El Financiero, El Universal or El Economista all have a classified ads section, both in print and online.
Another way to find your dream home is talking to locals and visiting cafés and hangouts. Most Mexicans are very outgoing and will be happy to talk to you and help you out along the way.
Over the last 70 years, Mexico has experienced a serious housing shortage in the bigger cities. Lower income groups in particular have suffered from this lack of affordable housing options.
In the past, different government agencies have supported the development of affordable housing for people living in Mexico. In 1974, the National Workers’ Housing Fund Institute began to provide loans to create new housing space for Mexican workers. This did, however, not improve the situation for low earners. Especially in urban areas such as Guadalajara, Mexico City, or Monterrey, the local housing shortage is still a big problem for people on a budget.