Looking for apartments for rent in Downtown Santa Cruz, a densely populated neighborhood in Santa Cruz, CA? This is a renter-friendly community, with 80% of locals renting their homes. Residents are highly educated, with many having postgraduate degrees. There are a variety of transportation options in Downtown Santa Cruz. While you'll probably prefer to have a car, you may not need it for everything. The average commute in Downtown Santa Cruz takes about 20 minutes. For renters who prefer a quiet neighborhood, less than half of households in Downtown Santa Cruz have children.