Internet and Staying Connected Abroad
Not every country has the same level of internet service (think speed and accessibility) as you're used to here in the U.S., and free Wi-Fi isn't necessarily a "thing" everywhere else. This just means that you may not be able to get online whenever and wherever you want. Here are some ideas for researching and planning internet access while abroad.
Check out some student blogs and ask other UK students who have previously studied in your location.
In some countries, certain websites and apps are blocked or unavailable, like Skype, Pandora, Netflix, Facebook, SnapChat, and others. If that's your country, you may want to look into getting a VPN. A quick google search for your country and VPN will give you tons of info.
You may need to complete some online post-arrival college or university processes before you have access to their internet service. This is more common on longer programs, but consider searching for internet cafes, or local places with Wi-Fi so that you can complete those university items (and check in with home).
Staying Connected with Friends and Family
While you're abroad, you'll want to keep connected with your friends and family at home. That's great, and they'll want to hear from you! If you decide not to get a phone plan while you're abroad, consider using some low cost or free voice and video calling apps such as Facebook Messenger, FaceTime, WhatsApp, or even Skype. There are other apps too, and we don't specifically endorse these, they're just some we had on our phones when writing this information for you.
Keep in touch with home, but remember that it's important to set some expectations for how and when you'll communicate with your family and friends while you're abroad.