Escaping the London-Centric Bubble

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Back in 2012, I left London to study at university in Leeds. Prior to this, I'd been out of London many times and had been to different places, but I was (and still am) a proper Londoner born and bred.

Now I am still living in Leeds. I got a job straight out of university so I stuck around, and I am glad I did.

Before I moved out of London, I didn't realise how London-centric everything was. It sounds silly, but I guess that's what I get for being raised the the 'London and the South-East' bubble. Of course, London is the capital city, it's a desirable place to live for some in the UK and around the world and it has over eight million people living there. I was aware of these aspects so I guess I realised that London had a lot of priority. But when I moved away, I started to realise that there was a disparity, and I noticed that the North-South divide exists - though I could this the divide between London and the South-East and the North.

I think all Londoners should try living out of London and the South-East at some point in their lives. There is life outside of London. I did and this experience has completely opened my eyes.

Even as a Londoner myself, I think this country is too London-centric. I even feel as though other regions don't get a look-in and that's not very fair.

I like living in Leeds, but I must admit, I don't see myself living here for the rest of my life. I'd love to move back to London (or the South-East) but I don't know when that will be. London is becoming a place for the elite to park their cash and ordinary folk are being priced out.

Until I can move down South and live independently, I guess I'll be stick around in the North for a while.

P.S. I hope to make a return to London very soon! I'm currently searching for bigger and better opportunities so watch this space! :)

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  1. I really want to live in London but it's SO expensive- when I looked at houses in Leeds/Manchester, they were SO much cheaper, almost half the price! SO maybe I'll end up living up North instead!

    1. This is the thing - I would actually consider moving back down south for better opportunities but properties are so expensive, and the cost of living is cheaper up here.


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