Last updated on Jun 02, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Tijuana, Mexico is 1.8 million people. People often describe Tijuana as a vibrant, bustling city with a unique culture and a great nightlife. Expats love living in Tijuana for its proximity to the US, its vibrant culture, and its affordability. The weather in Tijuana is typically mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Tijuana for an expat is around $1,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 USD per month, and the cost of a two bedroom apartment is around $600 USD per month.
What do I need to know about living in Tijuana?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Tijuana, they said:
"Make language acquistion a high priority--but not over taking care of you family's needs! If you know nothing about Mexican culture, working with a Mexican professional language tutor can really help you learn the culture at the same time. Be prepared that adjusting to a foreign environment can be very difficult--usually more so for spouses (typically SAHM) and takes up to 3 years to begin to feel a part of the community," remarked one expat who made the move to Tijuana.
What do I need to know before moving to Tijuana?
About the Author
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.
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- Will I be able to find a job in Tijuana?
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- What do expats in Tijuana appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Tijuana?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Tijuana accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Tijuana like?
- How are healthcare services in Tijuana?
- What are medical services in Tijuana like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Tijuana?
- What are emergency services like in Tijuana?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Tijuana?
- How are local medical facilities in Tijuana?
- As a foreigner living in Tijuana, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?