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Last updated December 8 2022 at 11:52 AM

2,339 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 >
55 West 5th Avenue Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
11 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,622
722 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,089
965 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,760
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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Creekside Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
8 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,465
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,983
875 sqft
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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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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CitySouth Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
19 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,332
563 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,175
886 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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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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Bridgepointe Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,834
833 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,890
1125 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,320
1425 sqft
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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Park Royal Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
7 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,798
575 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,195
798 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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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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Laurel Crossing Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,115
504 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,269
754 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,075
1100 sqft
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.
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808 Laurel AVE 103 Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,800
1032 sqft
Short term (6 month lease) avail in the heart of downtown San Mateo! Light, bright and spacious corner unit located in a stylish mid-century modern building adjacent to Central Park. Quartz countertops in the kitchen, updated bath, carpet throughout. Private swimming pool and garden. Laundry room conveniently located across the hall. Assigned parking spot in secure, underground lot. Water and garbage included in rent. Easy to view. Application and credit report required with move-in fee. $200 move in fee. No pets please.
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1555 West Hillsdale Boulevard Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,000
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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988 S. B Street #4 Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,750
1050 sqft
988 B Street #4 Beautiful Upstairs 2 Bedroom 1 Bath in Great Location! - ** SCHEDULE A VIEWING: https://go.midpeninsula.com/988-4 ** 988 B Street #4 Beautiful Upstairs 2 Bedroom 1 Bath in Great Location! 988 B Street #4 Beautiful Upstairs 2 Bedroom 1 Bath in a wonderful San Mateo neighborhood, in close proximity to downtown San Mateo, Central Park, Caltrain station, other public transportation and commute corridors. Downtown restaurants, shops and cinemas are just a stroll away! Mid Peninsula Management, Inc. DRE # 01960678 To Contact Us For More Info or Schedule a Viewing: • https://go.midpeninsula.com/988-4 • Text / Call: (864)-351-5160 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7744720)
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819 N. Humboldt St., #407 Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,250
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Top floor, sunny Woodlake unit - This lovely 1 bedroom unit is approximately 700 square feet and has a sunny extra wide balcony. The kitchen has spacious countertop and cabinets. Throughout the unit is great closet space. Woodlake amenities include six pools, four tennis courts, EV charging, saunas, gym, club house, and much more. It is at an excellent location with easy walking access to Burlingame Avenue, Cal train, coyote point regional park and the bay trail, restaurants, grocery stores and coffee shops. Water and garbage, one covered parking space and an external storage are all included in rent along with use of the wonderful amenities. No smoking, 1 year lease, no pets. Equal Housing Opportunity DRE019438575. No Pets Allowed (RLNE7023880)
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934 Peninsula Ave., #204 Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,475
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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934 Peninsula Ave., #204 Available 12/10/22 Gorgeous Lake View - Welcome to this beautiful lake view unit with an extra large, sunny balcony. This is one of the best Woodlake locations, the private balcony runs the entire length of unit and offers bonus outdoor living space!. Spacious kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and plenty of cabinets for storage. Sunny living room, and bedroom have nice closet space, ceiling fans and recessed lighting. This condo is pet friendly - one small dog (under 25lbs per the home owners association requirement) or one cat is accepted in the property. No smoking, 1 year lease. (RLNE6355968)
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77 N Ellsworth Ave 6 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,285
77 North Ellsworth Ave., #6, San Mateo, CA 94401 - Property Id: 1005242 Lovely 1 bedroom 1 bathroom -Central San Mateo Location Kitchen cabinets with Granite counters Dining area stove, refrigerator, garbage disposal, dishwasher Bathroom with shower over tub One covered parking and storage Laundry facility on the property Owner pays for water and garbage Close to most public transportation Very centrally located and just minutes to the train station, to 101/92/280 San Francisco, San Jose, Airports just 20 min drive Easy Access to various Shopping Centers, Lots of Major Employment and all downtowns can offer. Walking distance to fine shopping and dining, parks, library, and much more you can ask for...... This apartment is in the Downtown neighborhood in San Mateo. Nearby parks include Martin Luther King Park, De Anza Historical Park and De Anza Historical Park. DON'T WAIT - Call NOW!!! Thank You, ALEX at 650.544.8020 Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/77-n-ellsworth-ave-san-mateo-ca-unit-6/1005242 Property Id 1005242 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7825451)
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3224 Palos Verdes Ct 304 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,850
BONUS: PRIME AREA, REMODELED, DECK, PRIVATE,CORNER - Property Id: 960272 Nestled in a very desirable area in the hills of San Mateo (Laurelwood) off Highway 92 on a quiet cul-de-sac, within a short distance to the Laurelwood and Crystal Springs Shopping Centers, you will find this well-maintained remodeled, 3 story, 17 unit, pride of ownership building in a park-like setting. It is centrally located between San Francisco and San Jose. This remodeled top (3rd) floor end unit offers the following features: -New hardwood floors -New LED lighting -Separate entry - Deck w/a beautiful hillside scenic view -3 large closets -Remodeled bathroom -Kitchen appliances including new kitchen faucet, new dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator with disposal, new countertops -Updated furnace -Central heating Other amenities include: -Carport parking w/storage -Cable hook-up, Internet access/Direct TV/Dish Satellite -Electric vehicle charging stations one block away -Close to 92/101 and 280 freeways -Great mountain bike/hiking trails close by Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/3224-palos-verdes-ct-san-mateo-ca-unit-304/960272 Property Id 960272 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7758425)
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735 Fathom Drive Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,595
805 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Laurelwood Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,700
725 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Newly renovated 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit approximately 750 sq ft for rent. This unit offers double pane windows, updated kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops, kitchen appliances and carpeting in the living room and bedrooms, natured store and tile are found in the entrance area, halls and bathroom with crown moldings throughout the entire unit. Also included is an extra storage space and laundry facilities on each floor. Laurelwood Apartments offers a keyless entry system for all entry/exit doors, security cameras in the garage and main lobby, Comcast Internet/Television Service, and ATT Uverse television. Each unit comes with one space in a gated garage and additional parking is available in our visitor lot. Laurelwood Shopping Center is just across the street for convenient shopping. The College of San Mateo is only minutes away and hiking and jogging trails are also close by. Easy access to highway 92, 101 and 280. The rent for the brand new 1 bed/1bath unit is $2700.00. Lease terms are one year.
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3229 Glendora Dr Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,000
1000 sqft
2 bedroom, 2 bath unit for rent. This unit offers double pane windows, granite counter tops, kitchen appliances and carpeting in the living room and bedrooms. Tile is found in the entrance area, halls and bathroom with crown moldings throughout the entire unit. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Laundry facilities on site. Laurelwood Shopping Center is just across the street for convenient shopping. The College of San Mateo is only minutes away and hiking, jogging and byke trails are also close by. Easy access to highway 92, 101 and 280. The rent for this brand new unit is $3000.00. Lease terms are one year.
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Lantern Cove Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
10 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,627
730 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,140
1043 sqft
Scenic apartment community in the San Mateo School District. Each apartment has its own private entrance and patio or deck. Select homes offer lake and fountain views. Residents enjoy living near biking and walking trails.
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Schooner Bay Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,974
712 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,276
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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The Arlington Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
3 Units Available
Studio
$2,528
392 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,788
625 sqft
The Arlington in Burlingame, CA, offers residents comfortable living in spacious studio and one bedroom apartments. In addition to beautiful, gourmet-style kitchens, you’ll also find a fitness center and spa to help you relax. Our exceptional location is close to everything that makes Bay Area living so special. San Francisco is only 17 miles away and a short 25 minute Caltrain ride can take you there with ease. Destinations on the Peninsula, South Bay, and East Bay are also easily reached by I-101. With spacious homes, a convenient location walking distance to downtown Burlingame, and community amenities designed with you in mind, your next Bay Area home is waiting for you at The Arlington.
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Alta off the Avenue Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
2 Units Available
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,300
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,199
910 sqft
A welcoming community in a boutique-style apartment. Apartments feature hardwood plank flooring, smart kitchens, and granite countertops. On-site laundry, large pool, and community WiFi provided.
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Sand Cove Photo Gallery 1
1 of 49
Verified
9 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,669
550 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,815
960 sqft
Fantastic views of the waterfront. Beautifully appointed kitchens and large patios or balconies. Hardwood floors, walk-in closets, and updated appliances. Two pools, ping pong tables, volleyball and tennis course available.
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Madison Belmont Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
6 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,431
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$3,923
1200 sqft
Convenient location close to Highways 101, 280 and Downtown Belmont. Walking distance to Cal-Train. Community has a fitness center, two pools and on-site laundry. Pet-friendly!
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Three21 @ Belmont Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
4 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,500
550 sqft
Three21 @ Belmont With a world-class location in the heart of San Francisco's Bay Area, Three21@Belmont is an exciting place to live. Being one of the top apartments in Belmont for active lifestyles you're likely to feel right at home.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the typical rent for a studio apartment in San Mateo?

The average rent for a studio apartment in San Mateo is $2,642.

How expensive are one-bedroom apartments in San Mateo?

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment rental in San Mateo is $3,012.

How much is rent for two-bedroom apartments in San Mateo?

The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Mateo is $3,788.

Are there any properties that are currently offering move-in specials in San Mateo?

Yes, you can filter your apartment search to only include properties in San Mateo that are offering move-in specials.
City Guide for San Mateo, CA

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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.