Renting a house or apartment in Pereira Colombia has become more difficult in recent years. Due to it’s beautiful climate, smaller size and local agriculture, this is a very low-cost and sustainable city. We even have hydro-electric power here which, for many years, fulfilled all energy needs. Pollution is low and crime is very low compared to larger cities like Medellin and especially Bogota. One can imagine why many Colombians and even expats from Medellin, have begun to take a sincere interest in the city.

Some Important Spanish Words To Help You Rent in Pereira Colombia

Let’s be real. No one ever sat you down in Spanish class and said “Today we are going to discuss vocab to help you rent or buy a home.” If they did, then you can just skip this section and know your Spanish teacher rocked! These are the words and phrases in Spanish that will empower you to go on foot searching for a place or asking around at realtor offices with confidence. And remember, as long as they write the important stuff down on paper, or show you what they are trying to say, you can still manage this even if you don’t speak the language.

But remember, if you are alone and without a good command of Spanish, don’t hesitate to go home and sleep on it or even ask a friend.

Arriendar: To rent.

Venta o Arriendo: For sale or rent.

Se Vende: For sale

Se Arrienda: For Rent

Amoblado: Furnished

Apartamento: Apartment

Apartastudio: Studio Apartment

Alcoba: Bedroom

Finca: Small farm or country house on acreage

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el Centro on a Sunday afternoon. The only day the streets are ever empty.

Recommended Neighborhoods in Pereira Colombia

We are going to give you a neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown of rental costs. Only neighborhoods where expats currently live, or can live with relatively low security and crime issues have been included. If you decide to go live in the barrios you probably have a Colombian spouse or other connection that gives you the confidence to do so. Otherwise, we recommend these areas for temporary and long-term rentals. The exchange rate we are using is based on the Google Exchange Rate calculator on September 30th, 2016. For now, we are using US Dollar as the standard.

Los Alamos

Anything going up the hill to UTP. This area is mostly upper-class/upper-strata apartments and houses. Close to the university, you can find shared apartments where you get to co-habitate in the kitchen and living room, and have your own bedroom. Great for if you are on a budget, or want to live with messy college-student roommates you will most likely end up with.

That being said, the University is only a small section AND newer buildings will behave like the example below. This ranges from very old money, to college students as you go up the hill towards the university. Expect the cost of rent to start at 200,000 per month and work upwards.

On Rento.com.co  70 square meter apartment, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, close to the university. New building. Great view. 1,400,000 pesos/$485.27 USD

Pinares

Known as the nouveau-riche part of Pereira, Pinares is quite swank. With new high-rise apartments, easy access to shopping and dining, larger parking zones and more security, you will have American-style amenities. Aside from some of the country villas down in an area outside the city known as Cerritos, this is the most expensive part of the city. Here the rock-bottom price you will pay for a studio apartment is 900,000 pesos. However, there is a trick to finding cheap rent in nice digs. Inquire at the smaller and older buildings for people who are looking to rent out a room. Room rentals in this area start around 300,000 pesos. On the downside, it will probably come with a strict list of rules for the safety and security of the person who is desperate enough for money to rent you the room.

I’m renting an apartment in Pinares right now. It’s very nice and almost new. I pay around 1.300.000 monthly ($450.61) which is very cheap if you compare with the rents in Europe. I’m moving to bogota in 2 weeks and I can assure you that prices in pereira are muuuuch better!With parking and 24 hour security. Terassa with jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish.
It’s a two floor apartment. Like studio apartment, 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms.
~ Anonymous

Los Alpes

The old money resides here. Definitely the highest rent, you will find deals and unique situations occasionally if you look close by the discoteca Tropical Cocktails. This area isn’t very large, but the buildings are older and generally very costly. Depending on how out-dated the apartment is you might occasionally find something if you search enough.

On Fincaraiz.com.co. Studio Apartment 1 bedroom, 42 square meters, 24 hr security, nice but old building. 680,000 pesos/$235.70. 

Circunvalar

Historically, the avenida circunvalar was one area where the mansions of the Pereira elite were built.  A few still exist today and can be seen along the main avenue. Most are businesses but you can occasionally find one available for rent around 3-4,000,000 pesos or roughly $1000+ dollars per month. A tip for this area, check on the McDonald’s side of circunvalar for cheaper rental costs. One block off going downhill can get you apartments in the 800,000 range (for 2 bedrooms) and up. Houses rarely come open but if one does, jump on it.

My place is a non furnished apartment with 3 fiadores.*3 bed 3 bath 1 half bath and an attic loft room. Also 300 square ft terrace overlooking Avenida Circunvalar, Maid room as well and brick BBQ grill on terrace. Its 200 sqm 3 floors penthouse overlooking circunvular 1.500,000 pesos/$519.93 plus admin ((UPDATE: This actually includes admin)) and utilities. Like: it’s close to everything. Dislike: the club noise ha ha! ~ Anonymous 

el Centro

The melting pot of the city, you will find everything here. Bolivar Plaza is strata 6, on all 4 sides. These are the most expensive apartments in el Centro and will start at 1,000,000 pesos which may or may not include administration. They are very old, but often, very large apartments. Going outward from this central reference point the dynamic changes by city block.

The rental costs have recently skyrocketed, even so, you can still find very affordable rents for 2-3 bedroom apartments starting at 500,000 pesos. A studio apartment in this area is actually quite cheap and will cost about 250,000 on upwards depending on the apartment building. This area of the city is tricky, but well worth the overall savings in transportation. Over time this area is slated to become much more touristy making this area is also a great investment opportunity.  If you find the right situation, it should be close to Calle 17 through Calle 25 and from Carrera 8 to Carerra 6. This is the best area to live in also.

‘I chose my 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment because it is large, modern and centrally located. It also has an elevator and a 24-hour doorman. For those reasons, and the fact that I live alone, it is more expensive than the average apartment at 600,000 pesos/$207.97′ ~ Anonymous

I pay 220,000 pesos/$76.26 (including utilities and internet) to live in the center of Pereira Colombia, in a bedroom I’m renting in an apartment. I’m pretty happy with it. Its a fair price and great location. ~ Anonymous

Centenario/Providencia

We are including this area even though you probably won’t find anything for rent there, not on the Centenary side at least… If you do, jump on it or tell us so that we can. The double-edged sword over here is that you might find a house, but it could be a bit outdated, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. On the other hand some pretty nice 3-4 or more bedroom houses are here although parking is limited. This area is strata 4 which means your utilities will be much more cost-effective for the amount of space you can find. Great for artists who need a quiet area, or large families. There are some apartments in this area that periodically come available and will cost around 500,000 and up. You will need to drive, take a bus or walk a bit further to get to supermarkets/attractions etc.

I pay rent 480, 000 pesos/$166.38 for small house in a good condition , estrato 4 contains 2 reasonable bedrooms and small studio, two bathrooms, two levels, patio, small reception , nices views , safe place, there is vigilantes, 24 hours, I pay 30,000 pesos for that, services are still reasonable, around 150,000 pesos/$52.05 for energy plus water and natural gas. ~ Anonymous

Conclusion

Finding a place to rent can be a bit tricky, but we hope this helps clear up some of the confusion. It should also give a clear picture of what it costs to live in Pereira Colombia, the capital of the coffee region. If you would like to contribute your own statement about what it costs you, we will add it to the list. Also, if you life in a neighborhood that isn’t on the list, feel free to let us know more about it and why you recommend it. You can either comment anonymously below or email us at pereiracityguide@gmail.com.

Owner/Editor of Open Minded Traveler, Erin is also the Project Administrator/Editor of Pereira City Guide. She has been living in Pereira, Colombia for 3 years.
    Bruce McClarron May 9, 2017

    Hi Erin:

    I am looking for a small furnished Studio Apt in Pereira for long term rental! I can pay up to $US 300.00 per month!! Can you help?

      Open Minded Traveler May 10, 2017

      Of course, we would be happy to help! We will send you an email with more information.

    Jason Barrows August 8, 2017

    I am looking to rent a finca close to the city in Pereira. Monthly

      Open Minded Traveler August 10, 2017

      Explore the via La Florida sector of Pereira. The next place to look would be Manzano/Via Armenia/Rio Barbas. Plus, there is a public golf course.

    Yacon Root August 31, 2017

    Amazing Site. Very much enjoyed reading.

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