Chico is typical of California cities in that it will take longer to find an apartment here than in many other parts of the country. However, compared to much of the rest of the state, finding an apartment in Chico is relatively easy. June and July are months where you should have no problem finding suitable accommodations.
Chico landlords can be tough, but they're always going to give the apartment to the person who puts together the best application, and who makes the best impression. Being punctual for meetings, dressing and acting professionally, and putting together a polished application package are important when you're looking for a home.
B-Line transit has a small bus line that has stops in Chico and the surrounding county. However, stay in Chico for long and you'll notice that many of the locals are commuting by bicycle. The city has gained national recognition for its "Bicycle Plan" that was instituted by its Bicycle Advisory Committee, making it one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country.
Bidwell Park is one of the first places to go explore on your bicycle. In addition to the bike paths, you can hike, swim, or just relax and just enjoy the outdoors. The Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant is a must see, and the beer they brew can also be found at many other local establishments. For the real, "college bar" experience, head to Madison Bear Garden.