Over the course of a few years I checked out places in my city...it took me a while before I finally found a place that suited me. The place I go teaches in line with the Thai Forest Tradition, which I'm a big fan of. Mahayana Buddhism never really clicked with me and neither did Zen. So yes, you should keep searching until you find the right place...I think once you find it you'll know...assuming you have a decent enough grasping on the teachings. If so, you should be able to recognize whether they're teaching in line with your understanding of things. If you're really new to the teachings you might want to be a bit more open-minded and just go to different places and absorb what they have to say. For me, I had a good idea of what I felt the proper way to teach was so I was much more discriminative.
I took a university course on Buddhism...sure, these things help, but I don't think it's necessary for you. I did the course, because I was already in university for computer science and was interested in Buddhism. I would spend as much time as possible reading through Access to Insight: http://www.accesstoinsight.org
I've spent numerous hours reading through those suttas and still continue to review them...it's an amazing resource to have as a Buddhist and will provide you with plenty of studying.
However, too much studying can be a problem...it's a problem I have too. Think of it this way, studying the Dharma is like reading a recipe for a cake. You read it over and over and say yes, I see how to make this cake and you think you understand things perfectly. However, then you go and make the cake, but you mix the batter too much or forget the cake in the oven and it gets burnt. You realize you're not as smart as you think and need to practice more or pay closer attention to what you're doing. It's the same with studying Buddhism...you can sit there and read about it all day and think you got it all figured out, but once you try to put it into practice you run into all these problems and all these conflicting desires, etc.
The true essence of Buddhism is in the daily practice. It's in your daily mindfulness, in how you relate to others, in following the precepts. All the studying in the world doesn't amount to much if you're not living the teachings. I have a problem in this area, because I'm more enthralled by studying the teachings than I am in practicing...although, my practice isn't terrible, but it can always be better and I probably need to spend less time reading.
Having said all that, I'd try to find a place that puts an emphasis on the "practice" part. Although, it would be nice too if they have a study component. You could always study yourself and ask questions here or even ask the teacher at your center. Going to a place where you spend time sitting isn't bad, because that's real practice. Anyway, just start searching and I'm sure you'll find your place somewhere.