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Moving to Mexico City

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Moving to Mexico City, Mexico: DATASENTENCE Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Mexico City.

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What do I need to know before moving to Mexico City?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Mexico City, they said:

"If you are lucky enough to have your company pay for a Relocation company you wont have any problems since they know very well were you should live. But if this is not the case, I recommend you get advice from someone in your company to recommend areas close to work that meet your budget. Once you know the names of the areas you can then serach on the local newspapers for apartments," explained one expat living in Mexico City, Mexico.

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How do I find a place to live in Mexico City?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"My company assisted us by hiring a Relocation company. In Mexico City it is very important to know where you will work in order to find your home. Commuting time can be terrible if you do not consider this important issues," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Mexico City.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Mexico City?

"Apartments are the most recommended housing for expats. One reason is security, and also you can make friends easier on the social areas like swiming pools, tennis courts, etc," said another expat in Mexico City.

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What is the average cost of housing in Mexico City?

If you are thinking about moving to Mexico City, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Mexico City is an expensive city to live in. I am lucky to have my company pay for it, but to give an idea: A three bedroom apartment can go from US$2,500 - 5,000 per month plus utilities," commented one expat who made the move to Mexico City.

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What should I pack when moving to Mexico City?

We asked people living in Mexico City to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:

"I wish I had brought with me all family & friends photo albums. They are of great help whenever you are crossing through the cultural shock. It helps by reminding you of friends and family. I also wish I had brought my stereo, dvd, etc since Mexico has the same electric outlet as USA. The last but not less important thing I wish I had brought with me is literature about Mexico (touristic sites, etc). since you can find them in Mexico but they are very expensive," said another expat in Mexico City.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Mexico City?

We asked people in Mexico City if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!:

"When you meet someone for the first time, you usually say the formal address of you, which is "usted". Once you know them, saying "usted" is almost an insult! I've done that a few times. Now I call everyone "tu", which is the informal "you", and everyone welcomes it," said another expat in Mexico City.

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What are medical services in Mexico City like?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Mexico City, they replied:

"Traditional medicine is widely available and accessible in Mexico city. However, eastern and homeopathic medicine isn't as common and therefore not as reliable," offered another expat living in Mexico City.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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