These sites will allow you to sample price vs. availability in the San Jose rental market:
Another site, with a very long URL is located below..
If you are not sure about future, try month to month rent with 30 day written notice.
SJSU is downtown and the light way goes around a long way from Santa Teresa to Great America, Santa Clara.
For "Class" use "10", which is Residential Rental.
If you would like help with the showing process for the 19th, versus coordinating your visits by yourself with landlords/owners, please contact me offline and I would be happy to set-up an automated search for you that emails results.
BTW, I just did a 3-mile radius search of San Jose State and only found 8 rentals listed (ranging from $1595 to $8500.
Cornerstone Property Management
K & K Property Management
Hope this helps. Craigslist.org is also a great rental resource.
Below you have received some great tools to use in your search. I just wanted to add, "Welcome to California". I am an East Coast transplant. I was born and raised in S. Dartmouth, MA and my husband was born in Newport and raised in Mattapoisett. We both moved to the San Jose area about 9 years ago from the Andover area.
If I can assist with anything while you are settling in to your new home, please feel free to contact me.
Best of luck and enjoy the weather!