Fortunately, resources do exist… you just have to know where to look. And, more importantly, you have to be diligent about validating your research and checking back constantly. Apartment rentals are competitive, and listings can disappear if you're not quick.
Also, it's important to note that websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway offer great deals on short-term rentals. Sometimes, you can even work out longer terms with the apartment owners. (For example, month-long rentals on Airbnb usually offer some kind of discount.) But these options are only for shorter lengths in time, and can become costly when you have an extensive stay.
So for those of you looking for housing abroad for an extended amount of time, here are a few quick tips to get your research process started.