With relatively high vacancy rates, it's never all that hard to find a place in Reno. If you give yourself six to eight weeks to find an apartment, you should be able to find suitable accommodations at any time throughout the year.
Reno landlords want to know who they're renting to. You should be able to show them either a confirmation of enrolment for university, or have a letter from an employer. Being able to prove that you're either working or studying full time will go a long way to getting you in the door.
The Reno RTC RIDE public transportation system is a great way to get around town. With all day passes available for just $4, it provides an affordable way to get around the city even if you're not familiar with it. If you have a car though, Reno is easy to drive in. McCarran Boulevard circles the city and makes it easy to get anywhere in short order.
Of course, the most famous attraction in Reno is the gaming, but there are many other activities to keep you entertained. In the summer, watersports on the nearby lakes provide a great way to cool off, and in the winter there are 8 major ski resorts and several additional smaller ones all within a short drive of the city. Reno is also the closest large center to Black Rock City, home of the infamous Burning Man festival.