27/03/2014 11:23 GMT | Updated 27/03/2014 11:59 GMT

Why Northern Universities Are Better

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It's grim up north.

At least that's what many people from the south of England seem to think. There is a common perception that the north is bleak and unsophisticated, that it's boring and full of the working class, that it's a terrible place to go to university when you could be off to Oxbridge, London or the Home Counties. Well it's time to set the record straight.

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With the big cities of Manchester and Leeds, the European Capital of Culture in 2008 (Liverpool), the incredible nightlife and the general all-round greatness of the north, going to university in the north is much better than going to university in the south.

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Here are eight reasons why:

Why Northern Universities Are Better