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483 Cheap Apartments for rent in San Mateo, CA

Finding cheap apartments in San Mateo takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, lett... Read Guide >
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Chesapeake Point Apartments
1633 Marina Ct
San Mateo, CA | Marina Lagoon
1 Bedroom
$2,601
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,018
1074 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,053
1079 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 05:13 AM
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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Mosaic San Mateo
3110 Casa de Campo
San Mateo, CA | Marina Lagoon
Studio
$1,995
550 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,340
680 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,845
1020 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 05:03 AM
Bay Area apartments include modern kitchens, large windows, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and in-unit laundries. Enjoy the swimming pool, gazebo area, barbeque and picnic area. Located near light rail. Pet-friendly.
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3 Units Available
Field House at Bay Meadows
282 Pony Lane
San Mateo, CA | Hillsdale
Studio
$2,924
580 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,200
1060 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 05:02 AM
A green community with bike storage, basketball court and 24-hour maintenance service for residents. Units feature laundry, walk-in closets and fireplaces, among other amenities. Caltrain is a stone's throw away.
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6 Units Available
Ryan Tower
120 W 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA | Northwest Heights
Studio
$2,357
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,502
620 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 9 at 05:02 AM
Ryan Tower is a newly renovated downtown San Mateo luxury high rise. This landmark building is located within the heart of San Mateo’s serene and exclusive Baywood District. Just two blocks from beautiful downtown, San Mateo offers shopping, bistros, grocery stores, fine dining, a 12 screen cinema, 24 Hour Fitness, Equinox, a new public library, Central Park, and lots of entertainment. Ryan Tower is a dramatic high rise with pet-friendly studios and 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartment homes, most with dramatic views of the bay or hills. Conveniently located just 2 blocks west of El Camino on Third Avenue, a short distance to Caltrain, as well as minutes to the 101 and 280 Freeways.
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Mode
2089 Pacific Blvd
San Mateo, CA | Hillsdale
1 Bedroom
$2,941
398 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,473
854 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,256
725 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 05:02 AM
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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3 Units Available
Oakview Apartments
3135 Campus Dr
San Mateo, CA | Beresford Park
Studio
$1,695
502 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,145
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 9 at 05:02 AM
Right off I-92. Incredible views. Updated interiors with hardwood floors and modern appliances. Private balconies. On-site gym, pool and carports. Pet-friendly for dogs and cats. Minutes from Half Moon Bay.
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1 Unit Available
Westwood
1241 West Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA | Sugarloaf
1 Bedroom
$2,195
755 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 9 at 05:02 AM
Westwood apartments has a lot to offer! From spacious one and two bedroom units, to a hard to beat location! The units have everything you could possibly want in a new home. Plush carpeting, recessed lighting, and a fantastic balcony to unwind after a long day. There's also a pool with lovely views of the Bay in the back of the property. The prime location is something not to overlook. With freeway access incredibly close to the property, it makes commuting to and from a breeze. Hop on 92 to 280 or 101 and you can get to your destinations in no time. If you prefer walking, head out your front door and over to Laurelwood shopping center. There you will find Piazzas grocery store, restaurants and fitness studios. We want to help you find your next place to call home!
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3 Units Available
Crown Towers
3214 Palos Verdes Court
San Mateo, CA | Sugarloaf
1 Bedroom
$2,095
745 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,495
665 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 05:02 AM
Tucked away on Palos Verdes Court in San Mateo, Crown Towers apartments offers one and two bedroom units that are professionally managed by Prodesse Property Group. These units are newly renovated with crown molding, fresh paint, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. All of the units have balconies and many have fantastic views. Crown Towers is conveniently located, close to freeway access of 92, 280 and 101! Take a stroll out of your front door to the grocery store, restaurants, and fitness studios. Take a day trip out to the stunning coast of Half Moon Bay or head up to Tahoe for a weekend getaway to ski during the winter or relax by the lake in the summer. In addition, there are many fantastic hikes and biking trails just around the corner from the complex. Please contact us for more information! Who is Prodesse Property Group? We are a dedicated team of property management professionals working together to manage residential properties throughout the San Francisco
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15 Units Available
Bridgepointe Apartment Homes
1987 Bridgepointe Pkwy
San Mateo, CA | Marina Lagoon
1 Bedroom
$2,595
384 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,145
1193 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,600
1425 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 05:02 AM
One-, two- and three-bed apartments with views of the San Francisco skyline. Modern kitchens with appliances, big windows, child playground, spa, pool, electric vehicle charging station, on-site management.
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2 Units Available
Flores Manor
100 27th Ave
San Mateo, CA | Beresford Park
1 Bedroom
$2,175
740 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,650
1048 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 9 at 05:02 AM
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21 Units Available
Park Place at San Mateo
1101 Park Pl
San Mateo, CA | Hillsdale
1 Bedroom
$2,697
363 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,949
524 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,701
688 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 04:48 AM
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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14 Units Available
55 West Fifth Apartments
55 W 5th Ave
San Mateo, CA | Beresford Park
1 Bedroom
$2,813
394 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,736
468 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,859
918 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 04:48 AM
This community is adjacent to Peninsula Golf and Country Club. It features a sauna, gym, hot tub and garage parking for residents to utilize. Apartments feature in-unit laundry, hardwood flooring and walk-in closets.
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13 Units Available
Creekside
1600 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA | Shoreview
1 Bedroom
$2,146
653 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,526
822 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 04:48 AM
Apartments are close to Caltrain and 101 freeway. Building features 24-hour gym, clubhouse, pool and sauna. Units have in-unit laundry, bathtub, dishwasher and hardwood floors. Pets are welcome for an additional fee.
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4 Units Available
Park Royal
651 N El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA | North Central
1 Bedroom
$2,588
624 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 9 at 12:26 AM
Located in a desirable mid-Peninsula location, Park Royal is close to everything that makes the Bay Area such a great place to live. We are convenient to both downtown San Mateo and Burlingame where you will find great dining at local favorites such as Flights, Pizzeria Delfina, Plant Caf, Sushi Sams and Stacks. Spend a day shopping along Burlingame Avenue, or head indoors at Hillsdale Shopping Center. Stock up on seasonal local produce at the San Mateo Farmers Market, Burlingames Fresh Market, or stop by Mollie Stones. We are close to Samtrans bus service and Caltrain and quickly accessible to Highway 92, 101 and 280. Our spacious, newly renovated one and two bedroom apartments have kitchens and baths with modern finishes, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, designer cabinetry and lighting as well as generous walk-in closets, in-home washers and dryers and complimentary Wi-Fi service inside your home. Enjoy abundant community amenities; including a 24-hour fitness center, relaxing spa, barbeque and lounge area. We offer bike storage as well as assigned and covered parking and are a pet-friendly community.
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25 Units Available
CitySouth
3055 La Selva
San Mateo, CA | Marina Lagoon
1 Bedroom
$2,228
726 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,842
901 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,812
1224 sqft
Last updated March 8 at 02:01 PM
Colorful, three-story aluminum, steel, stucco, and glass cube-like structures snake across a landscape dotted with delightful outdoor living spaces perfect for an early evening hang or late-night swim. A design-centric enclave, these luxury apartments in San Mateo feature the full range of top-shelf amenities. Granite countertops, wood plank flooring, and spacious closets can all be yours at CitySouth. Just a short 25-minute drive from SFO, CitySouth is the perfect jumping off point for San Mateo, Redwood City, Foster City, Santa Clara and the rest of Silicon Valley. Inside and out, CitySouth was designed to incite the senses. Find the perfect apartment at CitySouth - now complete with the Smart Home package!
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1516-1520 South Claremont Street
1516 South Claremont Street
San Mateo, CA | Hayward Park
1 Bedroom
$1,995
700 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:27 AM
This unit features: -Granite counter tops -Cabinets -Tiled floor in the kitchen -Range -Hood -Canned lighting in kitchen -Updated bathroom -Fresh paint throughout -Updated double pane windows -One carport parking space with additional storage. Complex features on-site management, and coin operated laundry. Conveniently located near shopping, restaurants, Downtown San Mateo, and highways 92 and 101.
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33 Lodato Avenue Apartments
33 Lodato Avenue
San Mateo, CA | Beresford Park
1 Bedroom
$2,195
750 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:27 AM
Sprawling Ultra Luxurious Remodeled Apartment - Nestled on a small cul-de-sac just off of El Camino Real in San Mateo, this completely renovated one bedroom apartment is built to impress. Virtually every single thing in this apartment is brand new. Custom home finishes throughout will impress friends, family, and guests alike, while providing you with all the comforts you need. The property itself was completely renovated in 2014, including a modern landscaped courtyard, as well as brand new exterior paint and styling. Your apartment features a brand new custom kitchen with espresso cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, new wall to wall hardwood LVT flooring, dual paned vinyl windows, and a stunning bathroom with a new vanity and custom tiled bath enclosure.
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17 Units Available
Laurel Crossing Apartment Homes
203 Laurie Meadows Dr
San Mateo, CA | Hillsdale
Studio
$1,772
504 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,875
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,539
999 sqft
Last updated March 8 at 03:11 PM
Near Highway 101 and Laurie Meadows Park. Recently renovated with lots of storage, fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens. On-site amenities include two saltwater pools, a Jacuzzi, updated fitness center and two tennis courts.
1 Unit Available
817 N Humboldt ST 411
817 N Humboldt St
San Mateo, CA | North Central
1 Bedroom
$2,260
693 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 04:25 AM
Spacious, quiet, top-floor home with plenty of natural light. Overlooks serene, picturesque courtyard. The resort-like Woodlake community boasts numerous amenities including large pool, tennis courts, gym, putting green, clubhouse, gentle walkways, and easy 3-minute walk to neighborhood stores such as Safeway, CVS, Starbucks, Subway, Totoro restaurant, Elite Nails, Chevron gas station, dry cleaner, hair stylist, and more. Reserved garage parking, Dual-pane windows. Convenient laundry room on the same floor. Southern exposure. Nearby attractions include Coyote Point regional recreation area. Bicycle the nearby SF Bay Trail. Easy access to Hwy 92, 101, 280, 380, & Caltrain. The charming downtowns of Burlingame and San Mateo are minutes away and just 10-minute drive to SF International Airport. Owner pays water, trash, and HOA dues. Tenant pays electricity (~$30/month) and optional TV/Internet. Minimum rental is 30 days. Available for multi-month / yearly. Renewable.
1 Unit Available
334 Grand BLVD 2
334 Grand Boulevard
San Mateo, CA | Northwest Heights
1 Bedroom
$1,950
750 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 04:25 AM
This fantastic top floor, corner unit has ample natural lighting and a spacious interior. The living room flows seamlessly into the dining area and kitchen, creating a living space that can be utilized in a number of different ways. The apartment has a huge walk in closet Located on Burlingame/San Mateo border and in between the two downtowns. Comes with one parking space and storage locker. Call/Text/Email Michael Silva 650-532-3134 capitalrg.rentals@gmail.com
1 Unit Available
40 22nd AVE
40 22nd Avenue
San Mateo, CA | Beresford Park
1 Bedroom
$2,050
600 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 04:25 AM
Nice 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom 1st floor apartment. Includes an eat-in kitchen and detached 1 car garage with extra storage. New quartz countertops and cabinets in kitchen. New paint and tile floors throughout. Close to 25th Avenue and Hillsdale Mall. Easy access to 101 and Public Transportation. This is a nice and quiet 5 unit complex that includes a laundry room. Available Now. Tenant pays water & PG&E.
1 Unit Available
4267 George AVE 4
4267 George Avenue
San Mateo, CA | Hillsdale
2 Bedrooms
$2,900
1040 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 04:25 AM
Top floor unit in desirable Lauriedale community with amenities galore! Ready for immediate move-in! This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit with views of the pool has vaulted ceilings and new living room floors! Convenient location in the heart of the Silicon Valley, close proximity to CalTrain, 101, 92 and 280. Desirable Belmont-Redwood Shores school district.
1 Unit Available
140 Dartmouth RD
140 Dartmouth Road
San Mateo, CA | Northwest Heights
1 Bedroom
$2,195
850 sqft
Last updated March 9 at 04:25 AM
This fantastic, top floor corner unit has ample natural light, real hardwood floors, and a spacious interior that is both warm and inviting. Old world charm and character is emphasized throughout. The San Francisco style flat has a large formal dining room, ample closet space, a separate tub and shower, as well as an extremely large living room. Located on the west side of San Mateo a mere block from Downtown, this fantastic apartment has a close proximity to an innumerable amount of shops and restaurants in addition to Central Park, and highways 101 and 92. Comes with a storage locker and garage space. Deposit is $500 with good credit. Call/Text/Email Michael Silva 650-532-3134 capitalrg.rentals@gmail.com
1 Unit Available
710 N Claremont ST 4
710 North Claremont Street
San Mateo, CA | North Central
1 Bedroom
$2,100
680 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 9 at 04:25 AM
This recently updated 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment boasts a wide open living space that opens up to a large outdoor patio. The unit features upgraded quartz kitchen counter-tops, newer cabinets, dual pane windows, and updated flooring throughout. New stainless steel stove is being installed. Amenities include an assigned covered parking space and onsite laundry facility. Close to both downtown Burlingame and San Mateo, Highway 101, Caltrain, SFO, Silicon Valley, BART and San Francisco. San Mateo schools!
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The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Mateo is $3,687.
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What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in San Mateo, CA

Finding cheap apartments in San Mateo takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in San Mateo by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in San Mateo in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of San Mateo.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in San Mateo. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in San Mateo.