Rental Application Packet

A Rental Application Packet provides the landlord comprehensive information about you and those in your group. A good packet helps you stand out as a prospective tenant. Download a sample, and scroll down to learn more about what to include.


Download Sample Rental Application Packet (PDF)


Cover Letter

A cover letter provides prospective landlords with an overview of your household. Be sure to speak about your interest in the rental and your ability to be a responsible tenant.

  • If applying as a household, provide an overview of your group.
  • If applying for a room in shared housing, share some of your lifestyle preferences with the current tenant(s).
  • If you have a credit report or letter of guarantee, mention it here.


Rental Application

Download our rental application and fill it out neatly and completely. Follow the instructions on the second page of the form.


Download Rental Application (PDF)

Rental Resume

Use our sample rental resume as a guide for creating your own.


Download Rental Resume (Microsoft Word)



Rental References

If possible, get written references from a current or previous employer and include them in your packet.


How to check a rental reference for a UCSC student (PDF): Fill in and give this form to potential landlords so they will have the information needed to check your on-campus references.


How to Check Rental References (PDF)


Housing Reference Release: This online form authorizes university housing staff to serve as a rental reference for your on-campus rental payment history. Submit the form under “Releases” on the Housing Portal.


Visit the Housing Portal  

Renters Workshop Certificate

Many landlords and property managers accept this certificate as a type of “reference”. Many will not rent to undergraduates without it. Complete the online Renters Workshop and quiz to receive your certificate.


Take the Renters Workshop



 Photograph (optional)

You may also choose to include a photo of each applicant in your application packet. Landlords see a lot of prospective tenants and photos can help them remember who you are and personalize your application packet.

 * Be careful about sharing confidential information!

The following items contain personal confidential information. DO mention in your cover letter that you have these items available and can provide them on request, but DO NOT include them in your Rental Application Packet:


Credit Report (Confidential)

Get a credit report on yourself. No credit is better than bad credit so even a credit report with no history is of some value. Free credit reports are available at Many landlords and most professional property managers will want to use the credit reporting company they are accustomed to, but having one ready may get you through the “first cut.” Make note in your cover letter that you have one available but DO NOT include it in the packet; only provide it if requested.


Letter of Guarantee (Confidential)

Many landlords who rent to students require a co-guarantor for the rent. Mention in your cover letter that you will provide one upon request and have the form filled out and ready to go, but only give to landlords seriously considering your application.