Your first thought is a good one, to protect yourself. That being.... if it's too good to be true it's a lie. By searching around on Trulia though you should be able to develop a pretty good idea about what rental rates are. Are you in the position that you want to get a place before you arrive here? Any difficulties with logistics, then you should call a reputable leasing specialist. Good luck. No matter the problems you may be facing now..... you are going to love it here.