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Living in Monterrey

Monterrey is Mexico’s leading industrial city and has more than 4 million inhabitants. It is filled with exciting place to visit and things to get to know.

Museums, art galleries, music venues and theaters, tourist and shopping centers, ecological parks, and more than 80 public and private sport centers make up part of the infrastructure of Mexico’s third largest city.

The Universidad de Monterrey is located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, one of the most prosperous suburbs of the metropolitan area of Monterrey, capital of the state of Nuevo León.

As part of your preparation and to dispel some of your uncertainty that comes from living in a foreign country, it is important that you investigate Mexico and especially Monterrey, where you will spend most of your time.

We strongly suggest you visit the following web sites:

And we are sure you will discover many more sites you will want to visit on your own.


The weather in Monterrey can be considered extreme, and is sometimes unpredictable: very hot during the summer, temperatures may rise up to 40°C for several consecutive days; and very humid or cold during the winter, with temperatures occasionally falling to 0°C in January and early February.

February, March, and especially September are considered rainy months.

Places of Interest

There are several important museums with permanent collection and temporary exhibits including the Contemporary Art Museum  (MARCO), the Mexican History Museum, Northeast Museum (MUNE), the Museo del Palacio and the Glass Museum, just to name just a few.

If you like open door activities, you will want to visit the Estanzuela ParkChipinque ParkEstrella Bio-Park, the Cola de Caballo waterfall and the Huasteca canyon. You can go hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoneering, or just enjoy a nice cookout.

You may also choose the more conventional places, such as shopping malls, movie theaters, musical concerts, restaurants, bars, and art galleries.


Private cars are not the only mean of transportation. Taxis are very safe, and fairly inexpensive.

Other options are the bus or metro services that run throughout the entire city. The subway is also a good alternative even though its infrastructure is rather limited. Generally, the city is not prepared for bicycles.

If you are living off campus, you can book a space in our Directo UDEM​​, a specialized bus service that will pick you up near your house and drop you at the university campus.​