Building a relationship with a landlord doesn't happen overnight. In Newark, starting early means giving the landlord a chance to get to know you, which can make all the difference. Start looking in March or April to allow time to make connections.
The size of Newark means that finding an apartment isn't about hunting forever as much as it is establishing a good relationship with potential landlords. If you're open and honest, especially if you're coming to town to attend school, you should find many landlords willing to work with you.
Newark has proved a forward thinking city in its championing of useful bike lanes for cyclists. Many find their bikes to be the best way to navigate the city. If you're attending the University, there is also a free shuttle that you can take advantage of.
The University itself is beautiful and well worth touring. Don't miss the mural celebrating Edgar Allen Poe. To further get a taste of university life, make sure to get tickets for a Fightin' Hens game during football season. Nearly all the shopping, dining and other attractions are concentrated on Main Street. A walk down the street in nice weather gives a scenic introduction to the best Newark has to offer.