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Last updated December 8 2022 at 1:05 AM

2,176 Apartments for rent in San Mateo, CA with Move-in Specials

Move-in specials offer an enticing incentive to San Mateo apartment renters looking to save. However, it’s important to ask about any stipulations to the move-in specials. A fr... Read Guide >
Park Place at San Mateo Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$3,155
651 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,478
1003 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,655
1367 sqft
Great location, close to Highway 101 and I-280. Residents enjoy units with fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and chef-caliber kitchens. Community offers 24-hour gym, clubhouse, game room and sauna.
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Mode Photo Gallery 1
1 of 43
Verified
8 Units Available
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,288
764 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,049
1095 sqft
Easy access to freeways and commuting. On-site courtyards, grill area, dog park and clubhouse. Fitness center and yoga room available. Spacious interiors with various upgrades, including gourmet kitchens.
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55 West 5th Avenue Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
11 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,607
722 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,133
961 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,715
1381 sqft
West 5th Apartments grants you access to the innovative and thrilling Downtown San Mateo. Our homes feature renovated kitchens, hard surface flooring and more. Step out onto the private balconies to admire the breathtaking views of Silicon Valley and beyond. Let West 5th Apartments be your Bay Area getaway in the heart of the highly sought-after San Mateo.
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West 5th Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
8 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$3,249
740 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,951
1175 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,742
1490 sqft
West 5th Apartments grants you access to the innovative and thrilling Downtown San Mateo. Explore the neighborhood's incredible dining and entertainment destinations that are all just moments from your front door. When it comes time to settle in, our homes feature renovated kitchens, hard surface flooring and more. Step out onto the private balconies to admire the breathtaking views of Silicon Valley and beyond. Let West 5th Apartments be your Bay Area getaway in the heart of the highly sought-after San Mateo.
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Metropolitan Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$3,631
838 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,387
1122 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Steps from some of downtown San Mateo's finest shops and restaurants. Award-winning apartment community with a lap pool, steam room, clubhouse and movie theater. Gated underground parking available. Smoke-free units with fireplace, in-unit laundry.
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Chesapeake Point Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,658
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$3,669
1064 sqft
Close to Lakeshore Park and Route 101. Recently renovated homes with patio/balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, and granite counters. Residents have use of a pool, gym, and hot tub.
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The Morgan Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$6,893
1270 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$6,938
1626 sqft
AT THE MORGAN, AMENITIES SEDUCE AND DELIGHT INSIDE AND OUT FROM THE MOMENT YOU ARRIVE. YOUR PRIVATE SANCTUARY OPENS THE DOOR TO A LIFESTYLES DESIGNED FOR GATHERING AND RETREATING WITH A SOPHISTICATED FLOURISH OF SPACES AND LUXURIES FOR RESIDENTS ONLY.
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Results within 1 mile of San Mateo
Schooner Bay Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,984
712 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,266
963 sqft
Prime location close to the Belmont and Hillside Caltrain stops as well as Highways 101 and 92. Homes are well-appointed and feature private garages and in-home washer/dryer. Green community!
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Waters Edge Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$3,142
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,258
1100 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Chic homes with designer fixtures and stainless steel appliances. Tenants get access to a fire pit, grilling station and gym. Right near the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. Close to Bayside Performing Arts Center.
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Bayswater Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
72 Units Available
Studio
$2,999
475 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,401
651 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,498
978 sqft
Bayswater is an elegant, boutique community that brings you the best of the Bay Area. With its cottage-inspired, wood-forward exteriors and extensive list of luxury amenities, Bayswater offers a fresh perspective on elevated living. Enjoy all the benefits of metropolitan access paired with thoughtfully designed spaces that let you find energy or wind down with ease.
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The Plaza Photo Gallery 1
1 of 18
Verified
5 Units Available
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,894
856 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Gourmet kitchens, hardwood floors and walk-in closets in upscale one- to-three-bedroom apartments. Resort-style amenities include a zen garden, wellness spa and fitness center. Convenient access to Hillsdale Shopping Center, Palo Alto and Silicon Valley.
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Results within 5 miles of San Mateo
Encore Photo Gallery 1
1 of 16
1 Bedroom
$3,830
768 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,640
1110 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Multiple Tour Options Available – Self-Guided, Virtual and Video Tours.Experience vibrant living at ENCORE – an intimate pet-friendly enclave of ninety apartments for rent in Redwood City CA. Offering a great design, modern features and curated amenities like an exterior courtyard, bike storage spaces and a direct link to the Bay Trail complete the synergy of life, culture, and nature in Silicon Valley. Visit us today!
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Huxley Photo Gallery 1
1 of 27
Verified
6 Units Available
Studio
$2,870
574 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,510
779 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Huxley Apartments brings a modern touch to Redwood City. Our studios, one-, and two-bedroom apartment homes feature stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops and in-home washers and dryers. Throughout the community, enjoy the rooftop deck with scenic mountain views, a fitness center and more.
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Riva Terra Apartments at Redwood Shores Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,549
630 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,125
1000 sqft
Great for commuters, with easy access to the 101 and 92. Units feature laundry, patio or balcony, and granite counters. Luxury community has BBQ grill area, pool table and sauna.
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Trestle Photo Gallery 1
1 of 16
Verified
12 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$3,492
779 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,138
1009 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,173
1416 sqft
Located steps away from San Carlos Caltrain and downtown. Units feature keyless entry systems and NEST thermostats. Community has a saltwater pool, clubhouse, and well-equipped fitness center.
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Lagoons Photo Gallery 1
1 of 27
Verified
12 Units Available
Studio
$2,869
550 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,928
687 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,242
870 sqft
Recently revamped waterfront homes located barely 15 minutes from San Francisco International Airport. In-home amenities include linen closets and quartz countertops. Pet-friendly and smoke-free community.
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Beach Park Photo Gallery 1
1 of 24
Verified
4 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,668
712 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Waterfront living near SR-92. On the banks of 218-acre lagoon. In-unit laundry and extra storage. Private balcony/patio. Easy access to Google and Apple headquarters. Community has sauna and pool.
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Miramar Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$3,158
876 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,721
1131 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,671
1474 sqft
Right by Highway 92 and close to Gull Park. Waterfront community includes a pool, media room, and courtyard. Homes have granite countertops, modern kitchen appliances, and in-unit laundry. Pet friendly.
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Indian Creek Photo Gallery 1
1 of 27
Verified
8 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,906
679 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,442
985 sqft
Close to Shell Pkwy and Shannon Park. Elegant one-bedroom apartments include a modern kitchen and carpet. Recently renovated community include a pool, a tennis court and a guest suite.
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Pescadero Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,822
745 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,267
1112 sqft
A short drive from Route 101 and Highway 92. Landscaped community has a sauna, a pool and a hot tub. Luxury homes include modern kitchen appliances, carpet and a fireplace.
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Marlin Cove Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$3,044
755 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,511
1129 sqft
Luxury 1-2 bedroom apartments offer modern kitchens, granite counters, fireplace, walk-in closets, in-unit laundry and patio/balcony. Pet-friendly community features covered pool, sauna, gym, elevator and parking. Waterfront location on Foster City Blvd.
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Results within 10 miles of San Mateo
South City Station Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,054
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,191
1054 sqft
Near South San Francisco Station and San Bruno Mountain Park. Apartments feature eco-friendly carpets, oversized windows, and Juliet balconies. Tenants have access to a clubhouse, spa, and 24-hour fitness center. Elevator, bike storage, 24-hr gym.
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Avenue Two Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
5 Units Available
Studio
$2,355
483 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,515
724 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,142
972 sqft
Upscale building with access to 101 freeway. Community amenities include media room, 24-hour gym, game room, clubhouse, pool, parking and pool table. Recently renovated units feature granite counters, hardwood floors and walk-in closets.
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Crystal Springs Terrace Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,191
522 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,377
756 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,041
965 sqft
Tucked in the quiet foothills next to Junipero Serra Park in San Bruno, Crystal Springs Terrace Apartments is a haven of quiet living. Step out your front door and take in the sweeping mountain views from the rolling hills to the glittering bay. Our garden-style apartment homes are nestled beneath towering California bay trees and coast live oaks with private walking paths to lose yourself in. Discover a new pace of life in the wilderness. Our bright and airy floorplans feature floor-to-ceiling windows, energy-efficient appliances, and abundant closet space. Step out on your private balcony for a breath of fresh air and sweeping views, or settle in the breakfast nook for a cup of warm coffee. Wander through the gardens on your way to one of our three swimming pools, and finish your day at one of our barbecue stations with al fresco dining under the night sky. With easy access to Highways 280, 380, and 101 - and minutes from the San Bruno Caltrain station and Bart station, you’re just a hop and a skip away from the excitement of San Francisco. And your commute to work has never looked better. Our apartment homes are just a 15-minute scenic bike ride to the YouTube campus. We can’t wait to show you around. Schedule your tour today.
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What to keep in mind when looking for apartments with move-in specials in San Mateo, CA

Move-in specials offer an enticing incentive to San Mateo apartment renters looking to save. However, it’s important to ask about any stipulations to the move-in specials. A free month’s rent may only apply to specific apartment floors or basic amenities instead of the apartment you really want.

Other move-in specials might include a lowered or no security deposit option. Keep in mind the lack of security deposit means you are responsible for damage when moving out.

No application fees are also popular move-in specials, which will immediately put more money back in your pocket.

San Mateo apartments are more likely to offer move-in specials during an off-season like winter when fewer people are moving. You may be able to negotiate your own special like free parking for a year in the paid garage.