Unlike England, in the USA, if you are at University you usually have to buy the books regardless of whether you can find them online or not. As an English and creative writing student, I had to buy novels and poetry books (noting that I could get copies of these poems online), BUT a lot of books in the USA have a code on the inside that allows you to access important content online which allows you to complete homework/assessments.
So, you know where you are going and are looking to book a flight. Great! When I left for the US in January, I actually booked my flight the October before. If you book it too close, you may come across problems and more expenses, and if you do it too early you may also find the same problems. I would recommend booking just a few months before. This gives you time to get confirmation and your plane tickets.
I am doing this post based on the J-1 visa. I am not too sure of what to do for other Visas, but I can help with the J-1 visa. This is not an easy process, it is probably one of the most difficult, but I will help as much as I can and take you step by step.
So, as I said I had to travel to London from Manchester in order to attend my Visa application appointment. Now, here you have three options.