What are you doing here? This is the question posed whenever a taxi driver, or a Hull local, learn that I am from Barbados. Prior to my arrival, I inquired about what it was like to live in Hull. Interestingly, persons with whom I inquired didn’t have many compliments for the city. However, now I am here, I am enjoying it.
As a student, the cost of living is one of the most satisfying benefits enjoyed in Hull. According to the 2018 NatWest Student Index, Hull is the most affordable city for students in the UK. It ranks 1st in England for rent costs, 1st in terms of night life and 1st in cheapest takeaways. Inter-city travel for students is also affordable especially with the use of the 16-25 Railway Card.
Other impressive features of Hull, though not unique to the city itself, include the efficiency of the transportation system, the friendly customer service, and general interaction with the people. Not only this, but the efficiency of the NHS in Hull is also another feature with which I am satisfied.
If there were to be a down-side to living in Hull, it would be the fluctuating weather and the temperature. In the tropics, temperatures are generally within the 25℃ – 30℃ range, varying between sunshine and rain, but the maximum temperature in Hull varies annually between 7℃ and 21℃, according to the Met Office website. So; what the Hull am I doing here? Having a Hull of a time!
Met Office (2019 ) Kingston Upon Hull Climate, Available at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/climate/gcxcb25c4(Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
National Rail (2019 ) 16-15 Railcard , Available at: https://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/ (Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
NatWest (2018 ) Student Living Index 2018 , Available at: https://personal.natwest.com/personal/life-moments/students-and-graduates/student-living-index.html (Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
University of Hull (2019 ) Get Real Value for Money in Hull, Available at: https://www.hull.ac.uk/clearing/affordability.aspx(Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
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