Rentals around the university go really quick. generally student are looking as soon as school gets out or right before. Because most students sign a year long lease in June or July (on the good ones) and the landlords know whether they are going to return or not before school ends so as to get a new tenant in right away....
You may get lucky and find one during the year when someone sells off a vacant one or moves out of the area and decides to rent it...However; that is not very common and almost like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
Coldwell Banker United