I called my shortlist of apartments about a month ago to check, because I had the same thought as you about that and I'm used to everywhere in Austin filling up 6 months in advance with pre-leasing. Most of them only require 60 days notice for move-out (I think one I talked to required 30), so they wouldn't know for sure until mid to late June (although they said they definitely would have availability). One had us go ahead and get on a waiting list, where we pay the application fee and fill out the app, they do the credit check or whatever, and then as soon as people start giving notice we can have our pick of the vacated apartments (the waiting list still means we'll definitely get a place). One other place we talked to had the same waiting list thing, but we decided not to live there because the complex is so expensive. Maybe if you find ones you like on the off-campus housing site and/or the apartment section of the Insider's Guide you could try calling them and getting a feel for their availability and all that. You might be able to do a waiting list to hold your place at somewhere you like and then actually start signing stuff in July/August. My roommate and I did all the application/waiting list stuff by phone and mail, so you definitely don't have to be there for that.
I am actually starting the drive up to South Bend tomorrow to check out the campus and my apartment shortlist in person - I am way excited! I've never been.
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on Sat May 24, 2008 11:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.