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Advantages and Disadvantages of Urban Living

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City livin'

Thinking of moving to a city or busy town? Towns and cities appeal to people for a lot of reasons: Improved public transport, a mix of cultures, job opportunities and easy access to shops and amenities. But the lifestyle that comes with an urban area might not be what you’re used to, so make sure you’re aware of the pros and cons before any big moves.

Here’s haart’s quick pros and cons to urban living. If you are ready to move or have questions, get in touch. Selling up before the move? Get a free haart valuation today!

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  • Busy towns or cities can feel crowded and may mean you feel more stress or pressure. You may also not be able to form such tight knit communities in urban areas.
  • Urban areas tend to be more expensive to live in. Property prices are higher and so are goods and services.
  • Houses are more compact in urban areas. To maximise space, flats and smaller apartments are built instead of houses with larger gardens.
  • There are often fewer green spaces in a town or city. You may not always be able to enjoy natural spaces.
  • Public transport might not always be as reliable as you’d like, and many towns or cities are restrictive with parking. If you prefer to drive, you may find it harder to keep a car close to where you live unless it is at great expense.
  • Because of larger populations, cities can have higher levels of pollution, including noise pollution. This could be damaging to your health in the long-term.
  • If you have pets you may find it harder to find a place to live that allows them. It may also be harder to find a place to walk a dog or enjoy outdoor space with them.


  • There are often roads of a better quality and well-built houses in urban areas.
  • Transport facilities are highly developed and often receive regular funding for updates. It can be faster to get from place to place in a city or town.
  • Due to better public transport, you can save money on a car
  • Most amenities and entertainments are easy to reach. Clubs, restaurants and cinemas are more prolific in these busier areas and you often find new attractions will open in a city before anywhere else.
  • Hospitals and clinics are close by for easy access to healthcare or aid in an emergency.
  • Cities and towns tend to have a greater mix of cultures and ethnicities which can help when making new friends and meeting people.
  • There are a greater number of jobs available in urban areas. Starting a new career could be far easier if you move to a town or city.

Weigh up all your options before you make the decision to move to an urban area. It might be the perfect time to move to a city if you’re looking to start a new job or education course, but not if you’re looking for more green space.

Why not pop in to one of our branches (we have over 100 nationwide) and talk through your options?