I'm interested in spending more than just a few days or weeks visiting the UK. But it's hard for yanks to do that there. We don't have the working holiday visa for the UK. And it's nearly impossible to get a standard work visa, and studying there for 1+ years is too expensive.
I searched online and haven't found anything. Does anyone know of any way a yank can stay in the UK for at least a few to several months for cheap and get immersed into the culture? I was thinking of volunteer programs but most of them charge a fee (several hundred dollars) even though you're working for free. I was also thinking of doing a shorter course (maybe just 3-4 months) but I'd still have to pay my living costs with no job there. Most of the scholarships are really hard to get also such as Fulbright.
Any ideas are appreciated. Waay too hard and unreasonable for americans to live in UK and Europe.