Choosing universities is hard, narrowing down that massive pile of prospectus’ that have amounted in the corner of the living room is definitely not the best part of the application process. Especially when your choices will mean moving across the infamous North/South divide, it’s pretty much like moving country. So here are a few things to note before your (probably long train) journey up North begins:
‘They have what on their chips?!’ – Gravy. Chips and gravy is one thing us southerners freak out about. I’ve been here for a year and a half and I still can’t get my head around it. So, my only advice, is if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
A pet duck. – No, the little old lady at the Sainsbury’s checkout is not trying to discuss her liking for keeping birds with webbed feet in her home. ‘Pet’ and ‘duck’ are terms of endearment up here. They will most definitely grow on you and you’ll be using them yourself in no time!
Cheap as chips (and gravy) – I can’t praise the North enough for the massive price difference in comparison to the south. It is the perfect location for students as everything from house prices to taxi fares are better value up here.
It’s getting hot in here…wait a minute. – Ok, this is a slight downside of a choosing a northern uni, it is not the warmest of places. As soon as you tell your mum you’re interested in Newcastle she’ll be looking at 15 tog duvets in Next.
Errr who are you? – Just a warning, people are definitely a lot more welcoming up North and this can come in the form of talking to you in shops, on the street or on the bus. This doesn’t happen often down South so it’ll probably come as a shock when someone says ‘Good Morning!’ to you – just try to not look too confused, it’s slightly embarrassing for both parties.
So that’s just a few things to note before you come up to study in Newcastle. Hopefully now you’ve got an idea of some of the quirky little things you may encounter up here.
P.s. I’m telling you this as a Southerner myself, once you go North you won’t wanna go back.
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