I'm in the same boat but fortunately my dad is watching my dog so I can get settled first. I'm subleasing for the summer and then I'm going to look for a more permanent place once I get there. I've just been upfront with people that I can't see the place in person. Since it's only for 2 months I've been more lenient on the type of place. I found better luck with places using my school's student listings (instead of craigslist or a similar site).