I have an F1 visa but I'm taking a year off for research purposes. The University is aware of this. I'm only allowed to work part-time but I do write a lot of papers, so I was advised to get an ITIN number and pay my taxes. I'm now moving to California to work on my research, everything is almost ready. But I was just told that my rental application was denied because the tenant can't run a credit check w/o a SSN. My immigration adviser (who's an idiot) from college told me that I could use the ITIN # to rent a place, but now it seems that I can't. I'm moving in less than a month and I don't have a place to live. Some guy from school told me that the tenant can still run a credit check on me but I can't get ahold of him anywhere, the tenant is willing to hold the apartment for me for a little while, but w/o a credit check he can't rent me the apartment. Also, I don't know anybody in California. Please help. What should I do? I really want THAT apartment and I'm running out of time.