Lincoln, Many of the best rental offerings in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los altos( the surrounding areas) are found on craigs list. This is not the case in other parts of the country so depending on where you are coming from its important to know this. A real estate agent can help you with the search as well and help you choose areas to focus on. Downtown Palo Alto is very desirable, one of the more expensive places to live outside of San Francisco. Often rooms are available where a student(or parent) buys a nice townhome or condo and looks to supplement the cost by taking in tenant(s) and those situations can work out nicely as well. Good luck and have fun! This is such a great area to live and work in you should certainly find something by networking and looking online.
Alain Pinel Realtors