Living up north v living in the south

When it comes to where we live, most of us don’t get to make a decision over the area or region, until we either move away to study when we’re 18, or the perfect job comes along that’s based elsewhere. However, what can’t be denied is that there are some real differences between living in the north of England and the south.

If you’re in a situation where you’re considering a move to one area from the other, we’ve highlighted a few details, that might help you make your final decision.

Property prices

Now, you probably already know that the cost of living in the south of England is higher than in the north. Average property prices are higher in the south – particularly in and around London and the south east.

The latest quarterly regional house price data from UK lender Nationwide shows the average house price in London at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 was £470,922. In northern England it was £124,535.

And, the rental picture is similar too. It’s cheaper to rent property in northern England than it is in the south. So, if getting better value for money is important to you, northern England is likely to be a better option.

Keeping to yourself

Another difference between the north and south of England is how often people speak to strangers. Northerners are notorious for their friendliness towards complete strangers. Meanwhile in the south of England, there’s much more of a ‘keep-yourself-to-yourself’ attitude.

There’s a lot to be said for both options. But, if you’re firmly in one camp or the other, you might be more comfortable opting for an area that best suits your personal preferences.

The weather

Just as with many other countries, the north of England is colder than the south. It’s also wetter and windier too.

According to the Met Office, the average temperature in North East England ranges from around 1 degree Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius. In southern England, meanwhile, the range is 3 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees.

It might not sound like a big difference. But, add in the wind factor and travelling in early mornings to work and you do begin to feel it!

Not everything is different

But, while a lot is mentioned on the differences between living in the north and south of England. There are some things that are comfortably similar, too.

Access to open spaces, country parks and national parks is something that the UK is famed for. And that’s true of the north and south of England. The country looks after it’s open spaces well and old landmarks and buildings are well preserved too.

So, if you enjoy a good walk or visiting historic sites, you’re spoilt for choice across both areas of the country.

House styles are also different, but the same. Up and down the country you can find a wealth of different property styles. But, you tend to find the same – different styles – in the north and south. That’s something else that’s comforting. You can find the style of property you like in either end of England.

So, while there are differences between living in the north and south of England, there are also similarities too. Choosing which area would suit you best isn’t always easy. But, the best way to find out is to try it out – even if its just for a few months or a year.

You might find you like the differences – or you could find here are more similarities than you expected!