There is a hospital on the north side of the station.
North Korea launched a missile again.
The ghosts in North America are so scary.
The kanji and the word are exactly the same. That means they share meanings as well.
Since this word is made up of a single kanji, it should use the kun'yomi reading. When learning the kanji, you didn't learn that reading, so here's a mnemonic to help you with this word:
You're going to the far north where it's very cold (north pole, perhaps?). One of the most important things you bring with you is a survival kit (きた).