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Northerners vs southerners: the most common student debate explained

When I started university, I had no idea how serious the south/north divide student debate was to some people.

Find a southerner and they might even die of shock at how friendly a northerner is to their neighbour or even just a random person they bump into in the street. It was like an ongoing student debate about who belonged to where, and most importantly who said what in the correct way. Here are a few controversies that might incite the utmost rage for you.

Language differences
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Was treibst ihr so am Wochenende und was gibt es bei euch zu essen? Wir werden heute ein wenig Pasta machen und Abends ne runde Prosecco Pong spielen😍🤪Morgen geht es dann auf die Chef Sache in Düsseldorf und wir sind mega gespannt wie es wird. Es sieht in den Videos aus wie Chefs Table in real😆das Rezept für diese knaller Joghurtbrötchen findet ihr übrigens auf dem Blog. #brötchen #brötchenbacken #fruhstuck #frühstück #frühstücken #startyourdayright #startyourday #sonntagsfrühstück #samstagsfrühstück #ichliebefoodblogs #essen #essenundtrinken #foodblogger_de #blogger_de #lecker #leckeressen #solecker #rezeptebuchcom ##lecker #abendessen #leckerleckerlecker #breadrolls #breadroll #kochenistliebe #backenmachtglücklich #foodiesofinstagram #foodies #instafoodies #gutenmorgenwelt

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Is it a roll, a bap, a muffin or a bread cake? This is just one of many disputes caused by the geographical divide in the UK. As someone from Bedfordshire, I would definitely call it a roll. A muffin is a cake—or something that you'd order for breakfast from McDonald's—a bap is only a bap if there's bacon, and I am offended by anyone who says that it's a bread cake.

Northerners are friendlier

Perhaps this one is true, as I don't make a habit of smiling at every person I see or know everyone on my street. This is different in the north, where everyone is more than willing to help someone with directions or greet everyone they say. Although I've both given and received help, I won't deny that sometimes it seems easier to avoid eye contact and back away.

The grass is greener in the north

This may not be physically true, but there's a lot more of it. It's a very different area from the hustle and bustle of London, although both sides have their perks. It's nice to get away and see all the beautiful landscapes, but built up areas such as London have so much to do, with a large selection of bars and restaurants and museums to theatres and shops.

Drinks are more expensive in the south
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This is something that the north wins on. Drinks are so much cheaper for them, which leads to my next point.

Northerners can handle alcohol, and the cold, better

Maybe it's because they can afford to drink so they have a higher tolerance. It must be the same with the cold because I am certain it's colder up there yet they walk around in T-shirts almost all year round. Whereas the slightest dip in weather in the south often makes me consider turning up the heating, even in the summer.

The Midlands actually exists

As a student at the University of Nottingham, I can confirm it does, even if I never knew it until I got there. The Midlands train services and airport are proof of that, while drinks are definitely cheaper in Sheffield, a true northern city.

Whether you're from the north or south, I'm sure you can agree that there are perks to both. Which side are you on?

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