The best place to go to BY FAR is "The Apartment People". Yeah, that's the actual name of the company. You go into their lobby, fill in a form with your info and where you wanna live. Depending on the day and time, you may end up sitting there for like 30 minutes 45 minutes, but the wait is by far worth it! When they call your name, you go upstairs with an agent assigned to you. Your agent and you sit in front of a computer and the agent looks at your form. You discuss what you want, the agent gives you advice on where to live. Then they look up your criteria in the computer. A list of apartments come up. The agent will either call the landlord right there and set up an appointment for that day, or they will got to the back room and grab the keys. Then you go in their car, and they drive you to the apartment. Unbelieveable! What service! Your agent will double park their car while you hop into the apartment and look around.
Now, don't feel pressured to sign up for a place. I sure did. It depends on what agenct you get. Some are like car salesman, but some are very cool. I went two times, and I got each type.
Plus, here's another big point. You don't have to pay apartment people anything for this service. Yeah dude! You only have to pay like $30 for the credit check. Which you would have to do anyways if you found a place on your own. Apartment People get paid by the landlords. The landlords don't have to make schedules, they don't have to get off their butt and show the apartment. All they do is sit back in their Lazy-Boy and take it easy.
Another thing, make sure you ask for apartments that are open in like 1 month or 1.5 months. If you ask for an apartment that's open in the next week, chances are that this place has been looked at by a bunch of other people, and it has been passed over. But if you look at a place that just became available, then you'll have better chances at finding a better place.