The Manchester And Southern Divide

It is known that there is a divide between the north and south of England. These differences come from a clash in social, economic and cultural differences.

More recently, the divide is becoming prominently worse with London being the financial capital of the world and the most sought after place to live, it is denying the North and other parts of the UK opportunities to thrive.

Students are leaving their nests and flying out into the world of university with some staying close to home and others going far away.

University student reading about the divide

Natalie Butler, 20, from Manchester is studying at the University of Salford. She admits to being prejudice about people of the south thinking that northerners are friendlier than southerners from firsthand experience being in London and so she wanted to continue to be surrounded by the familiarity and comfort of northern people.


When measured by a combination of jobs and population increase, Manchester had seen the fastest city centre growth in England and Wales in the period 2002-2015.

Amanda Keller, 20, from Wilmslow, is studying at the University of Kent. “The south is a lot higher class, the north can be a bit of a dump sometimes. I would definitely consider moving there after uni, mainly because the south has more job opportunities.”

University of Kent campus

More jobs will be created in London more than any other region in 2020. This means there will be great economic growth in London compared to elsewhere in the UK creating a stronger divide.

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