Helpful Links: The U.K.

General Information

Which time zone is the UK in?

What holidays are observed?

What business hours are held?

What post office/mail/parcel services are available?

How do I address letters to the UK?

What is the manner of dress in the UK?

Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?

Which electrical outlets are used?

University Life

Where can I find a list of UK universities?

What scholarships are available to me?

What is the average tuition?

What is the average salary of a professor?


What is the weather like in the UK?

What is the weather forecast for this week?

What clothes should I bring to prepare for the weather?

  • Preparation for weather in UK

Moving Around

Is my driver’s license valid in the UK?

How can I obtain a UK driver’s license?

  • UK drivers licenses

How can I obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

Which side of the road do I drive on?

How can I travel around within the UK?

Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?

  • Travel Safety Advice

Visa Information

Do I need a visa?

Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?

  • UK Border Agency guide for US citizens to apply for visas.

What type of visa do I need?

How long is my visa valid for?

Can I get a visa extension?

Am I allowed to study on my visa?

Can I change my visa status while in the UK?

What is the cost of a visa?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

  • Not more than 3 months.

What documents should I have prepared for my visa interview?

  • How to prepare for your visa interview

What types of questions are asked in the visa interview?

I was refused a visa, can I reapply?

  • Yes, details on reapplication, appeal, or administrative review will be mailed to you with your notice of refusal.

Can I bring my spouse/children with me?

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

What customs information do I need to know?

My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?

How can I become permanent resident?


Can I bring my pet with me to the UK?

Can I return home with my pet?

  • Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.

Medical Issues

Will my medical insurance work in the UK?

  • Possibly, check with your insurance provider.

Do I qualify for the National Health Service (NHS)?

My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?

What medications am I not permitted to bring into the UK?

What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to the UK?

Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?

  • Call 999

How do I find a doctor?


What is the current exchange rate?

Where can I change my money?

What is required to open a UK bank account?

Can I obtain a UK credit card?

Do I have to pay taxes?

  • Filing taxes in the UK

What are the average costs of living?

How does tipping work?

How can I make international money transfers?


Which is the best phone service provider?

Will my current phone work in the UK?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

What is the country code for the UK?

How can I call home?

How much can I expect to pay to call home?

  • Varies depending on whether calling to/from a mobile or landline and by provider.

Are there international calling cards available?

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?


How do I become a citizen?

What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?

Additional Questions

How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?

How can I contact other US expatriates living in the UK?

  • Expat forums

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

The nearest US embassy/consulate

Call an emergency number

  • 999
  • 112 (EU-wide)


Are my children eligible to attend public school in the UK?