32 Apartments for rent in Santa Cruz, CA

You choose

Make your results better and choose your preferences

Top picks for you

Discover more top places in Santa Cruz
Featured
Starting at $2,184
Updated 20 hrs ago
Cypress Point
101 Felix St
Santa Cruz, CA
Studio
$2,248
1 Bedroom
$2,184
2 Bedrooms
$2,755
Luxury living within walking distance of Neary Lagoon Park and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Covered parking, outdoor BBQ and courtyard facilities, and a well-equipped fitness center.
more...
Featured
Starting at $2,445
Updated 2 hrs ago
Five55 Pacific
555 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
Studio
$2,445
1 Bedroom
$2,820
Located near Crabtree Mall, NC State University and Cary Towne Center. Units with fireplaces, carpeting, private patios/balconies, and kitchen appliances. Tennis court and outdoor pool for residents.
more...
Starting at $4,500
Updated 2 hrs ago
592 Redwood Dr
592 Redwood Dr
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
Starting at $1,500
Updated 9 hrs ago
622 Laurel Street
622 Laurel Street
Santa Cruz, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,500
Starting at $3,900
Updated 1 day ago
4026 Winkle Ave
4026 Winkle Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,900
Starting at $3,600
Updated 3 days ago
2570 Valerie Ct.
2570 Valerie Ct.
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,600
Starting at $3,300
Updated 3 days ago
408 Palm St
408 Palm St
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
Starting at $4,800
Updated 4 days ago
119 McGivern Way
119 McGivern Way
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,800
Starting at $3,000
Updated 4 days ago
131 Claremont Terrace
131 Claremont Terrace
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
Starting at $2,695
Updated 6 days ago
305 Effey St
305 Effey St
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,695
Starting at $2,800
Updated 7 days ago
145 Plateau Ave
145 Plateau Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
Starting at $3,100
Updated 9 days ago
401 12th AVE 401
401 12th AVE 401
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
Starting at $3,150
Updated 10 days ago
113 Wanda Court
113 Wanda Court
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,150
Starting at $3,600
Updated 10 days ago
3160 Stanley
3160 Stanley
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,600
Starting at $4,500
Updated 16 days ago
266 14th Avenue
266 14th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,500
Starting at $3,400
Updated 19 days ago
403 12th AVE
403 12th AVE
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,400
Featured
Starting at $2,705
Updated 20 hrs ago
Landing at Capitola
3045 Capitola Rd
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,705
3 Bedrooms
Ask
Well-appointed homes with gourmet kitchens and high-speed internet access. Lots of community offerings, including assigned parking and on-site laundry. Near Capitola Mall, Capitola Beach and Jade Street Park.
more...
Starting at $3,750
Updated 9 hrs ago
101 Elzer Drive
101 Elzer Drive
Scotts Valley, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,750
Starting at $2,300
Updated 3 days ago
926 Ponselle Lane #1
926 Ponselle Lane #1
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
Starting at $1,800
Updated 4 days ago
125 Arabian Way
125 Arabian Way
Scotts Valley, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,800
Starting at $2,800
Updated 8 days ago
495 Riverview Dr
495 Riverview Dr
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
Starting at $2,400
Updated 1 month ago
264 Gulch Rd.
264 Gulch Rd.
Felton, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
Starting at $4,000
Updated 2 days ago
530 Giorgio Way
530 Giorgio Way
Aptos, CA
4 Bedrooms
$4,000
Starting at $2,595
Updated 5 days ago
11600 Lake Blvd
11600 Lake Blvd
Felton, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,595

You Choose

Find your perfect apartment
Make your results better and choose your own preferences.

Explore by Map

See apartments close to work or school
City GuideSanta Cruz

Situated on the edge of Monterey Bay and known for its beach houses, boardwalk amusement park, laidback vibe and redwoods, Santa Cruz is certainly an appealing draw for beach bums, hippies, and nature lovers looking to settle down. “Surf City”, as it’s known to some, is home to a college campus (UCSC, which is also the city’s largest employer) and has a youthful and very liberal vibe to it. Nope, there’s nothing conservative or buttoned-up about this seaside town. Expect to meet people from all walks of life and those that consider their surfboard an extra appendage. Your downtime as a Santa Cruz resident will most likely involve a lot of water sports, lighthouse admiring, historic touring, green space dwelling, and peaceful reading in the great outdoors.

Of course, there will be times when you need to head on in, rest your head and make yourself at home. Where you do that is entirely up to you, but here are some helpful tips to renting an apartment in él Santa Cruz.

Downtown

Downtown Santa Cruz is a hotspot for many reasons. The old Spanish architecture mixed with newly constructed apartments make for an eye-pleasing abode and the views of downtown, hillside and the beach are an added bonus. Living down here also means proximity to the highway, culture and history, UCSU campus and the beach. The tree-lined streets, public transit options and active neighborhood are added perks.

Beach

Another coveted area in Santa Cruz is, big surprise here, down by the beach. Nearby Lagoon (or the area close to Pacific Ave. and Depot Park) is sought after for its closeness to the wharf, boardwalk and beachy-keen way of life. Minutes from downtown, bursting with independently owned boutiques/shops and restaurants, residents relish their home in this ‘hood. Where else can you wake up and watch morning surfers with a cup of coffee in hand from the comfort of your very own home? The homes here are typically two to three bedrooms, often bungalows, but sometimes large two story dwellings. Apartments lovers here can choose between townhomes or basic apartments, featuring pet parks, picnic areas and sometimes even a picket fence.

West Side

The areas of Seabright Ave. and the west side (near the beach and the highway) are also great options. Featuring bungalows, good schools and walkability to entertainment, these areas are bit more single-family home than apartment living but are excellent choices.

One last mention about surfing

No matter where you choose to hang your surfboard in this city (there ya' go), odds are you will be very happy you did. The residents are as go-with-the-flow as the weather and the living is easy. Good luck finding your own inner-cool (and your new home) in Santa Cruz.

July 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report. Santa Cruz rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Santa Cruz rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

View full Santa Cruz Rent Report
Personalize your results.
How many bedrooms do you want?
Studio
1 bed
2 bed
3+ bed
Next →