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Last updated October 18 at 7:08 PM

1,405 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 >
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Verified
10 Units Available
Metropolitan Apartments
338 S Fremont St, San Mateo, CA 94401
Downtown San Mateo
1 Bedroom
$3,252
838 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,629
1169 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,590
1425 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:06 PM
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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Verified
5 Units Available
Miramar
1288 E Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
Neighborhood 2
1 Bedroom
$3,365
826 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,225
1131 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,592
1474 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:06 PM
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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Verified
31 Units Available
Harbor Cove
900 E Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
Neighborhood 9
1 Bedroom
$2,555
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,900
780 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 5:01 PM
Apartments in highly walkable neighborhood. Studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans. Community features include pool, sauna, tennis court, gym and on-site parking. Units feature stainless steel appliances, walk-in closet, and patio or balcony.
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Verified
10 Units Available
Lagoons
707 Bounty Dr, Foster City, CA 94404
Neighborhood 1
Studio
$2,564
550 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,073
687 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,717
870 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:06 PM
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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Verified
5 Units Available
Beach Park
1999 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
Neighborhood 2
1 Bedroom
$2,858
712 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,116
976 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:06 PM
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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Verified
8 Units Available
Pescadero Apartments
950 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065
Redwood Shores
1 Bedroom
$2,745
743 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,502
1112 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 5:40 PM
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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Verified
6 Units Available
Marlin Cove Apartments
1000 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
Neighborhood 4
1 Bedroom
$2,947
755 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,572
1094 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 5:40 PM
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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Verified
150 Units Available
Highwater
1405 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063
Staumbaugh-Heller
Studio
$3,071
534 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,250
604 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,979
1142 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 5:26 PM
Our touring schedules and operating hours may vary as we continue to follow local phased opening guidelines and direction from local health officials. Please visit our community website for up to date information. Highwater features a distinct mix of luxury apartment and penthouse homes in a stylish, amenity-driven building, with a rooftop pool and fitness center just steps away from downtown Redwood City. Now Open!
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Verified
13 Units Available
eaves Foster City
700 Marlin Ave, Foster City, CA 94404
Neighborhood 3
Studio
$2,458
565 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,230
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,927
912 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 5:09 AM
Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments on San Francisco Bay. Walk-in closets and hardwood floors. Air conditioning. Green community with trash valet. Tenants have access to game room and gym.
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Verified
52 Units Available
Altitude
150 Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Downtown South San Francisco
1 Bedroom
$3,950
825 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,630
1232 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 5:49 PM
Conveniently located within walking distance of South San Francisco’s historic Downtown, Altitude Apartments offers the comfort of a residential neighborhood with a vibrant downtown scene. This up-and-coming energy-filled neighborhood provides easy access to all other areas of greater San Francisco. At Altitude, you’ll have all the conveniences of a vibrant modern city with all the benefits of a relaxed, walkable neighborhood. Altitude Apartments encompass contemporary style with a sophisticated San Franciscan sensibility. Our brand new spacious 1 and 2 bedroom homes are meticulously outfitted with high-end, modern finishes and upgraded features. Our unparalleled amenity package allows you to effortlessly live your life. You’ll never want to leave home because everything you need is right here.
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Verified
9 Units Available
Aperture
400 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066
San Bruno Park
Studio
$2,766
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,116
673 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,783
969 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 5:47 PM
Aperture, a sensational new apartment community in San Bruno on the San Francisco Peninsula, offers contemporary urban 1-, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom homes for rent. Discover curated finishes and fixtures that reflect a fine-tuned vision for style as well as comfort. Partake in amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness studio, a clubroom, courtyard decks, outdoor BBQ and gathering areas, bike storage, and EV charging.
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Verified
37 Units Available
Avalon San Bruno
1099 Admiral Ct, San Bruno, CA 94066
The Crossings
1 Bedroom
$2,490
568 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,390
1056 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,825
1300 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 5:13 AM
Luxury units feature laundry, stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets. Community includes BBQ grill, pool, trash valet and more. Walking distance to BART and Caltrain stations.
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Verified
18 Units Available
Novo
2270 El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040
Studio
$4,689
540 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,663
653 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,061
976 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:08 PM
$0 ZERO DEPOSIT MOVE-IN* Security deposits are a thing of the past. Learn how you can move-in today without a security deposit. Choose the type of leasing experience that works best for you! 1. Private Tours by Appointment 2. Self-Guided Tours 3. Video or Facetime Tour Novo is truly setting the bar for Mountain Viewliving. Designed with the hard-working andfun-loving in mind, the property is minutes fromSilicon Valley tech campuses and incubators, afew minutes’ walk to quaint downtown shops,restaurants, and nightlife, and close to the publictransit and highways that take you directly to SanFrancisco. With amenities like a coworking space,game room, dog run, pool, and bike lounge, Novooffers residents the perfect balance of work and play.And it’s just close enough to and far enoughfrom the office that you can wind down withoutfeeling off the grid. LMC LIVING, INC. CA DRE #01983707
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Verified
18 Units Available
SOMA at 788
788 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94107
South of Market
Studio
$2,613
453 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,817
746 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,314
884 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:07 PM
Units feature air conditioning, extra storage and microwave. Community offers courtyard, doorman, elevator and gym. Located just a few blocks from dining, shopping and attractions.
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Verified
10 Units Available
The Civic
101 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Civic Center
Studio
$2,864
452 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,773
537 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,868
751 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:07 PM
The Civic Center is home to many of San Francisco's largest and most impressive cultural institutions, from the golden-domed City Hall to the Asian Art Museum, Supreme Court, Opera House, and more. These grand landmarks set the stage for a neighborhood that is innovative, sustainable, and bustling with life. The Civic Center is just that. Walk to work, take a bike, or hop on one of the 30 plus transit lines in the area. Find your new local hang among the many bars, cafes, and restaurants. Take your dog for a walk through the proxy market. When you are done, home will be waiting.
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Verified
7 Units Available
Soma Residences
1045 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
South of Market
Studio
$1,968
375 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,390
835 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:06 PM
Live this side of SOMA!!! SOMA Residences offers quality apartments in a vibrant location in the best city - San Francisco! Residents experience a true urban lifestyle! Our community is located near the best that San Francisco has to offer. Local dining, entertainment, nightlife venues, theaters, and world-class shopping at Union Square are just footsteps from your door! Not to mention, easy access to all forms of public transportation. Our community is a walkers paradise - 100% Walk Score!Please call for an appointment today.
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Verified
28 Units Available
Parker Palo Alto
1094 Tanland Dr, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Midtown Palo Alto
1 Bedroom
$2,269
610 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,827
770 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,663
1067 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:06 PM
Recently refurbished apartments with granite counters, hardwood floors and private balconies. Next to Greer Park, with access to the 402 and 101 freeways. Downtown Palo Alto and Stanford Shopping Center offer plenty of shopping options.
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Verified
19 Units Available
17th & Broadway
447 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Downtown Oakland
1 Bedroom
$3,202
627 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,708
998 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,164
1338 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 7:01 PM
$0 ZERO DEPOSIT MOVE-IN* Security deposits are a thing of the past. Learn how you can move-in today without a security deposit. Innovative, upscale style with a comfortable, social atmosphere, 17th & Broadway's 34-story high rise defines a new era inspired by the spirit of the city. Discover an extensive array of unprecedented features from ground-floor retail and state-of-the-art fitness spaces to the expansive pool terrace and sky deck lounge. LMC LIVING, INC. CA DRE #01983707 Choose the type of leasing experience that works best for you! 1. Private Tours by Appointment 2. Self-Guided Tours 3. Video or Facetime Tour Contact us to schedule your appointment today.
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Verified
80 Units Available
Aero Apartments
2000 Ardent Way, Alameda, CA 94501
West End
Studio
$2,399
497 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,290
704 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,725
1013 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 6:46 PM
Just 18 minutes from San Francisco via ferry, AERO Apartments is the ultimate in luxury apartment living. Our community is close to an amazing variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment. AERO allows you to find your respite from the outside world, just steps from the Bay. Beautiful and thoughtfully designed interiors plus world-class amenities come together to create your perfect refuge. Come home to AERO Apartments to entertain, relax, connect, create and celebrate.
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Verified
1 Unit Available
1440 Sutter
1440 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Civic Center
2 Bedrooms
$4,795
1038 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 6:01 PM
Classic-style San Francisco apartment located near Japanville. All units have dishwasher, in-unit laundry and fireplace. Playground on-site, garage parking available with car charging. Pets welcome.
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Verified
1 Unit Available
1675 Clay Street
1675 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Polk Gulch
2 Bedrooms
$3,695
613 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 6:01 PM
1675 Clay blends historic charm and all the fixtures of modern city living. With one foot in stately Nob Hill and another in the restaurant, bar, and shopping hotbed of Polk Street, the building is a perfect balance of San Francisco staples.Mixing a half-white brick, half-dark painted exterior, 1675 Clay has been a neighborhood fixture since 1922. Residents enjoy on-site laundry and relaxing in the building's private garden, returning to units with modern appliances and more. With proximity to the Financial District, Downtown, Russian Hill, and Japantown, 1675 Clay is a perfect fit for commuters and weekend explorers alike, offering world-class public transportation - including nearby Van Ness tech shuttle stops - and excellent bike lanes.1675 Clay's ultra-walkable location makes it easy to enjoy a night out: cocktail haven Harper & Rye, Vietnamese staple Co Nam, and all hours standby Bob's Donuts are less than a block away, with more favorites lining Polk Street and California Street. Dog walkers and recreation enthusiasts have their pick of Lafayette Park, Washington & Hyde Mini Park, Huntington Park, and more for green space, while concert venue The Masonic draws world-class touring acts to its stage.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
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1 Unit Available
2510 Central Avenue
2510 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
East End
1 Bedroom
$2,395
429 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 6:01 PM
Fall in love with this small beach town. Alameda packs a whole lot of history and scenic views on one island in the bay. This building rests just a few blocks away from a plethora of small family owned restaurants, bars and shops that are unique to the town. Enjoy a night at the historic movie theater or take a walk down to the beach on your days off. Everything you need is right here on Central.
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Verified
7 Units Available
1405 FRANKLIN
1405 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Cathedral Hill
Studio
$2,895
422 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,995
452 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 6:01 PM
Traditional homes in the beating heart of San Francisco's Cathedral Hill. Close to Lafayette Park, San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Furnished apartments have cable television. On-site laundry and elevator. Internet access.
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Verified
9 Units Available
516 ELLIS
516 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Tenderloin
Studio
$1,495
192 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,195
521 sqft
Last updated October 18 at 6:01 PM
The Tenderloin: it’s what’s for dinner. Slice into the Tenderloin’s prime restaurant and bar scene – the most eclectic in the city. Mexican hot chocolate at Un Cafecito, curry at Shalimar or late night Thai at Osha - you’ll never go hungry or thirsty in the “Loin.” Order a handcrafted nightcap at Rx, Tradition, or Whitechapel or cheer on the keyboard jockeys at PianoFight. Craving a little brain food? Indie theaters and galleries add a dash of culture to the menu. Close to FiDi, SoMa, and The Mission, this convenient downtown location is in the heart of The City. There’s the Warfield, Pianofight, and Black Cat for music, and Popson’s burgers and Mensho Tokyo are just around the corner. This classic San Francisco building has high ceilings, is pet-friendly, and commuter-close to plenty of public transportation options. Genius comes in many forms, and most geniuses come to San Francisco. Our eclectic community of innovators, trendsetters and trailblazers is just as driven to play, as we are to work. You’re one of a kind – and your home should be too! From restored historic Pacific Heights Edwardians to rebooted Downtown classics, one online application is all it takes to unlock RentSFNow’s premium portfolio of over 150 distinctive buildings. Iconic Charm. Modern Living. This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
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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.