The best way to find an apartment is by coming here first, if you want a vacant apartment you have to pay for half of the summer which sucks. But in your case I would just wait until I get here because it's almost impossible to play it by ear unless you have some friends Here who are willing to save their spots for you. As the far as the renting situation it's pretty cheap compared to us standards utilities come out to be about 100zloty eith electric and gas plus about 60 zloty for Internet. In the winter the heat may be more cause it's used frequently. Otherwise if you have anymore questions let me know.