Once you get to the UK and have set up house, hopefully these will be some helpful tips on living here and getting around. One major thing about moving here: It will be different from home. A lot of people, Americans in particular, interpret ‘different’ to be to equal to ’wrong’. Generally, those that search out programs overseas don’t suffer from this like others, but I have met several here that come off as UK-haters because nothing is as good as home. Please don’t fall into that trap if you move here. Different can be better, worse or just plain different. I think the problem is exacerbated by those whose only major points of contact are other Americans, so seek out opportunities to be friends with locals. I say instead of bemoaning what you don’t like, celebrate the differences and engage the people and culture. It makes it all so much more enjoyable (and it keeps you from sounding like an arrogant American).
Working in the UK: Here’s some basic info about getting set-up in the UK system, and see the comments for a helpful description of taxes here from a local.
Here’s a post on phone calling in the UK.
Personal Connections: You gotta come planning to keep connections at home and build ones here.
Churches in Durham: Here’s a few brief thoughts on churches here.
Traveling in the UK: Planes, trains, and automobiles…. One important note: always carry change because bus drivers won’t give you change for a £10 or a £20, and only maybe for a £5.
Places to stay when visiting Durham: I list a couple of reasonable hotels and B&B options at the colleges.