How to live abroad on a whim as a grad student?
If you have UK citizenship, you can enter, live and work in France freely. You have to register with your local Maire (basically the town council) to say you’re living there, but there are no restrictions on you picking up work to supplement your stipend (although you’ll need your UK passport and attestation d’enregistrement, which the Maire gives you, to prove your right to work). Details. Taxation wise, you should only pay taxes on income earned in France to the French treasury, unless you earn over $80,000 while you’re away (unlikely I’d wager). You’ll still need to report income earned abroad in your tax return. In terms of organising and actually moving, the forums at UK Yankee are invaluable, even though they’re focused on moving to the UK rather than Europe.
amtho: I’ve got full funding at a private university, routinely apply for other small grants that add up to $3-4k extra money, sometimes get part of travel paid for if I can find a conference that works, live in a very cheap area of the country, don’t have super expensive hobbies or other debt, and have no dependents. I found a sub $500 ticket to South America this summer, and travelled cheaply while down there. Not exactly rolling in the dough, but I live pretty comfortably and I know how lucky I am. But you should see the science students at this school: they pretty routinely make over $30k a year. /humanities jealousy.