A definitive guide to find accommodation, as told by locals
Last updated: May 2018
How to rent a place in Guadalajara
Sometimes finding a place in Guadalajara can be difficult due to a large amount of demand, especially for students and young professionals. However, Housinganywhere.com is working to improve the way of renting rooms in Guadalajara. Although rooms could be expensive in Zapopan, this area of the city is a very good option to find a nice room near the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, especially for international students. The downtown of Guadalajara is another good place to find a room because the prices are slightly cheaper than in the west of the city and it is surrounded by beautiful buildings with the University of Guadalajara closeby.
Hi, everyone! My name is Gerardo Suárez and I will give you some insights into Guadalajara. Raised in Mexico, I lived in Köln, Leipzig, and Münster in Germany and now I live in Rotterdam. Speaking from my experience I know that sometimes you can feel overwhelmed in a new city. Where to go? What to do? What are the places the locals hang out? Or what placed or customs you should actually avoid? Therefore, as a Mexican, I am here to help you find the best neighborhoods to live, the best food to eat, the places to be. I am sure that after reading these articles you will have nothing to fear and you’ll be ready for the time of your life in Guadalajara!
Living in Guadalajara and its neighbourhoods
About the city
Friendly, warm and welcoming
Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico after Mexico City and due to its extreme importance for the country, it is known as the “Pearl of the West”. The economy of the city is based on services and industry, especially information technology. Guadalajara is also considered as the cultural centre of Mexico due to its large-scale cultural events. The city was named the American Capital of Culture in 2005.
Guadalajara has a subtropical climate with dry warm winters and hot wet summers. The temperature in the summer is in average 33 °C. Winter days are not much colder with an average temperature of 25 °C, but in the nighttime, it decreases to around 10 °C.
The people from Guadalajara are called “Tapatios” and they are well known among Mexico for being extremely friendly and open with foreign people, therefore, you will always have a helpful hand if you have any problem in Guadalajara.
¡Para todo mal Mezcal y para todo bien también. Salud!
The nightlife of Guadalajara is one of the best in all of Mexico. In the “Pearl of the West”, you will be able to enjoy different types of nightlife in the city, from relaxed nights with a coffee and a good chat with friends to a dance night in the best clubs of the city. If you would like to have an experience in a real Mexican bar you should check out the ancient bars named “cantinas” in the downtown of the city where you can taste the local beer “Minerva”, the best tequila of Mexico and experience the ancient nightlife of Guadalajara. In addition, you should not forget to visit the “Mezcalerias”, which are all around the city. Finally, if you like to dance, especially to latin music, in Zapopan you will find the most exclusive clubs in Mexico and the best places to spend a night full of dance and fun.
Cultural Corridor of Chapultepec is one of the most charming places in the city and a place that any tourist must visit because there you can find a wide variety of artistic expressions. Every weekend people can enjoy free concerts, artistic expositions, movies on giant screens and a flea market full of antique objects. Cultural Corridor of Chapultepec is a perfect place to have a relaxed walk and eat the typical street food of Guadalajara with the family and friends. In addition, for young people the place is surrounded by bars and restaurants to drink a couple of beers or tequilas after enjoying a cultural afternoon.
If you want to have an experience of a typical Mexican market you must go to San Juan de Dios Market. It is the largest indoor market in Latin America with an area of 40,000 square meters and all kinds of products are sold there, from raw food to electronics. If you visit San Juan de Dios Market you can’t miss “Tortas Ahogadas” (sandwiches drowned in sauce), the most typical dish of Guadalajara.
One day trip
We love tequila!
Are you a tequila fan? If the answer is yes, then I have the perfect day plan for you! Just a bit more than an hour from the city of Guadalajara you will find the town of Tequila, famous for the drink that carries its name. Many tours are organized in the town for tourists to experience an exciting adventure. By joining a tour you will be able to enjoy the sight of the farmers working on the bright land where the blue agave plant is grown and collected, the plant of which the famous drink is made of. You will then be driven to the different distilleries where the drink is produced and you can easily spend the entire day eating, listening to mariachis and of course, drinking Tequila. You will also be able to produce and personalize your own Tequila bottle and take it back home! Sounds like a good plan, right?
Prepared for some excitement?
As most of you will already know, Mexico is famous all over the world for its unique wrestling shows. In this kind of shows, you will see a mix of bright colorful masks and costumes together with impressive movements and acrobatics from the wrestlers. Following football, wrestling is the most popular sport with millions of spectators. In the city of Guadalajara, you will find some exciting shows at the Arena Coliseum of Guadalajara, located in the old part of the city. Surrounding the arena you will find many options for food and drinks as well all kinds of colorful merchandising for the show. The area is very lively whenever a show is taking place and you should be prepared beforehand for a loud, noisy but undoubtedly entertaining performance.
Lomas del Valle
This is the neighbourhood in which the Autonomous University of Guadalajara is located. There is a high supply of rooms in this area as well as large student residences mostly with affordable prices. By walking through its streets you will find a vibrant atmosphere where students spend their time in the multiple restaurants, bars and cafes spread through the whole neighbourhood. There is a lot of movement and even noise as one of the main streets in Guadalajara crosses this neighbourhood. However, this is what makes the area special and it is also considered student friendly.
Time for party
Providencia is likely to be the most attractive neighbourhood for students. It is one of the largest in the city and famous for its amazing nightlife and fun environment. Students will find a wide range of options of clubs and bars and they will find the most popular in the city here too. It is advisable to use the bike to move around and it’s also healthy! Also, if you want to surprise your partner with a romantic plan, the neighbourhood has the perfect romantic touch. You will find the best and most original restaurants to spend a lovely evening here.
Let´s have a rest
Very close to this neighbourhood you will find the famous park named ¨Bosque Colomos¨. This park is definitely worth the visit. You can choose among many different activities that take place in the park. From a relaxing walk or a nice break to reading a book surrounded by nature to more active activities such as a jogging with your dog or horse riding to mention just some examples. The views are breathtaking in this area and nature gives it a magical touch. There are not many restaurants or bars and prices are higher than average but according to its value.
Gifted with the largest square of the city, this neighbourhood can get really busy. Many of the main streets in the city are linked to this area and for this reason, it counts with many bus stops, restaurants, and shops. You will also find an important shopping centre. In this area, it is not a very good idea to ride your bike as there is too much traffic and cars and could be dangerous. Prices for accommodation are affordable for the students regardless the importance of the place.
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