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Cypress Point - Santa Cruz, California 95060
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$1579 - $2199

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Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Apartment 240 units

0-2 Beds 1 Bath Pets OK

(831) 216-1493

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Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Pacific Shores Apartments - Santa Cruz, California 95060
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$1919 - $2644

Westside, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
( Westside )

Apartment 206 units

1-2 Beds 1-2 Bath Cats OK

(831) 216-1701

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Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Chestnut Street - Santa Cruz, California 95060
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$2000 - $2600

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Apartment 96 units

1-2 Beds 1-2 Bath Pets OK

(831) 216-1696

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Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Landing at Capitola - Santa Cruz, California 95062
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$2378 - $2854

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Apartment 50 units

2 Beds 1 Bath

(831) 325-0250

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Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Oceanview - Santa Cruz, California 95060
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$1875 - $2795

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Apartment 104 units

1-2 Beds 1-2 Bath

(831) 216-1694

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Santa Cruz, CA 95060

1010 Pacific Apartments - Santa Cruz, California 95060
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$1499 - $3290

Downtown, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
( Downtown )

Apartment 113 units

0-3 Beds 1-2 Bath Pets OK

(831) 216-1671

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Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Apartments near Santa Cruz

Capitola Gardens - Capitola, California 95010
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$1595

Capitola, CA 95010

Apartment 78 units

1-2 Beds 1 Bath Pets OK

(831) 216-1551

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Capitola, CA 95010

Apartments a drive away from Santa Cruz

Paloma del Mar - Freedom, California 95019
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$1100 - $1298

Freedom, CA 95019

Apartment 130 units

1-2 Beds 1 Bath Pets OK

(408) 659-7794

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Freedom, CA 95019

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El Gato Penthouse Apartments - Los Gatos, California 95030
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$2000 - $2400

Los Gatos, CA 95030

Apartment 81 units

1 Beds 1 Bath Pets OK

(408) 868-5363

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Los Gatos, CA 95030

Lyon Bay Tree Apartments - Los Gatos, California 95030
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$2789 - $4345

Almond Grove Historic District, Los Gatos, CA 95030
( Almond Grove Historic District, University Historic District... )

Apartment 56 units

1-2 Beds 1-2 Bath Pets OK

(669) 221-6400

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Los Gatos, CA 95030

Vivere - Los Gatos, California 95032
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$2119 - $3017

Downtown Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA 95032
( Downtown Los Gatos, West Los Gatos )

Apartment 173 units

1-2 Beds 1-2 Bath

(669) 221-6408

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Los Gatos, CA 95032

Los Gatos Oaks Apartments - Los Gatos, California 95032
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$1495 - $2750

Blossom Hill, Los Gatos, CA 95032
( Blossom Hill, Cambrian Park... )

Apartment 48 units

1-2 Beds 1-2 Bath No Pets

(650) 481-8880

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Los Gatos, CA 95032

Palm Court - San Jose, California 95124
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$1550 - $1895

Cambrian Park, San Jose, CA 95124
( Cambrian Park, East Los Gatos... )

Apartment 40 units

1-2 Beds 1 Bath Cats OK

(408) 459-7826

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San Jose, CA 95124

Village Green - San Jose, California 95124
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$1550

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Blossom Hill, San Jose, CA 95124
( Blossom Hill, Cambrian Park... )

Apartment 97 units

1-3 Beds 1 Bath Pets OK

(669) 222-8930

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San Jose, CA 95124

Overview of Santa Cruz

Hailed as “Surf City USA,” Santa Cruz is the perfect destination to enjoy the California sun. This beach city is home to the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs and close to 18,000 students who flock here each year, adding exuberant energy and exciting nightlife to the streets.

The city’s 60,000 permanent residents stay in town to experience the best mix of northern and central California, as the area is acclaimed as the perfect union between the two. Students aside, the city still has a relatively young population - the average age is 30 years old - making it a haven for laid-back individuals looking to have a good time while working in one of the city’s booming industries. Rent a Santa Cruz apartment and experience all that the Monterey Bay area has to offer.

Living in Santa Cruz, CA

The first settlers near Monterey Bay were the Ohlone Native Americans, who were driven out of the area by Spanish soldiers and missionaries in the late 18th century. Santa Cruz, which means Holy Cross in Spanish, became the 12th mission to be settled in California. After being assumed by Mexico in 1820, the Mexican-American War led Mexico to cede the territory of Alta California, and Santa Cruz was flooded with immigrants from the United States before California itself became a state in 1850.

Santa Cruz has a large veteran activist community, and provides ample assistance to U.S. veterans who are having trouble re-entering civilian society. Rent a Santa Cruz apartment, and join in on one of the many movements happening here. 

Santa Cruz Work and Study

With the appeal of a liberal college town, Santa Cruz is home to a number of different colleges. The University of California, Santa Cruz, is the most well known school in town, but it’s just one of many. Bethany University, Cabrillo College and the UCSC-affiliated Cowell College and Oakes College join a number of other schools in the area. Students from all over look for rentals near Santa Cruz, earning it the reputation of “The Beach Town That Doesn’t Shut Down.”

For those seeking jobs, Santa Cruz is a hub of the organic farming movement as the home of California Certified Organic Farmers. The city is also a center for tourism, education and high-tech companies. The Santa Cruz Operation, RF Micro Devices and Plantronics attract techies from all over the country to work in Santa Cruz, and join Giro bicycle helmets, Good Earth Tea and O’Neil’s Surf Shop, all of which are also headquartered in the area.

Rentals in Santa Cruz, CA and Cost of Living

Santa Cruz apartments are very popular, which is unfortunately evident in the area’s high rent prices. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the average apartment here is $1,304 a month. Residents in the area are also prone to high living expenses, with a cost of living index score well above the national average. Whether it’s the urban bustle of Downtown, foodie-allure of the Westside, laid-back atmosphere of Seabright, or serenity of Live Oak, all the neighborhoods here have a unique feeling that adds to the appeal of Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Attractions and Special Events

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and local Farmers Market allow Santa Cruz residents to enjoy the beautiful California weather year round. The city also hosts a number of beach-related events throughout the year, including Oakley’s Surf Shop Challenge, Big Kahuna Ocean Challenge Events and the Dip & Dash Aquathlon. Residents more inclined to Greek fare can head to the annual Greek Food & Cultural Festival which takes place in September.

Rent.com® can help you get settled in a Santa Cruz apartment. Look through our rental listings and find the perfect home for your needs.

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