Below are thoughts we had about moving to the UK. In addition to my thoughts, here’s another site focused on the US to UK move: ukmove.blogspot.com.
Tips on Settling in the UK: Setting up home. Housing, Banking, Phone, Mobiles, DSL, TV, and Utilities.
Tips on Settling in the UK: On the personal side. You gotta come planning to keep connections at home and build ones here.
Looking for a house, this will tell you the crime rates for different areas.
Places to stay when visiting Durham: I list a couple of reasonable hotels and B&B options at the colleges.