19 Struggles Every Northerner Will Recognise If They Studied Down South
Going to university away from home can be a struggle for anyone. But for Northerners who choose to study down south, the struggles are right plentiful.
1. Immediately being made aware of the accent you didn’t previously know you had.
2. And having every single word you say finely scrutinised.
3. Being “corrected” on your pronunciation of vowels.
4. Or asked if you’re definitely from the North if you don’t have an obvious accent.
5. Never understanding why people start complaining about cold weather in September.
6. Especially when you’re not allowed to complain about cold weather even in the depths of winter.
Because, being from the North, you’re obviously used to much worse.
7. The disappointment of not being able to easily find Holland’s Pies in chippies or supermarkets.
8. And the appalling judgement you face for being perfectly justified in wanting curry on your fish and chips.
9. Becoming fiercely protective whenever anyone is anything short of complimentary about the North.
10. Or when it is assumed that everywhere looks like Coronation Street.
11. Feeling eternally exasperated whenever someone attempts to claim that anywhere above London is the North.
12. Asking for a bacon bap and receiving nothing more than a blank stare.
13. Or just wanting a no fuss brew with no fruit infusions or fancy crockery.
14. Regularly hearing the phrase “You’re so Northern!!!” if you put gravy with anything whatsoever.
15. Or if you go to Greggs for your lunchtime scran.
16. Having people ask very seriously if you think they sound posh because they’re from the South.
17. Or attempt to mimic a Northern accent and invariably fail.
18. Going home and being informed that you don’t sound as Northern.
19. But then returning to uni and having people tell you that you sound even more Northern than before.
The struggles just never end, our kid. 😞