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City Life Vs Country Life: Which is Better?

Martha Lott

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10th Jul 2018 (Last updated on 19th Feb 2020) 6 minute read

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If you’re finding yourself in an endless debate about whether to stay put in the city or pack up and move to the countryside, Compare My Move can help. It goes without saying that city life is an extremely different environment to the countryside, and those moving from a big city can often find themselves a little culture-shocked to say the least, and vise versa. 

Whether you're thinking of moving to the country from the city, or the other way around, both bring with it plenty of advantages in their own unique way. That's not to say they don't have their downsides either. 

Compare My Move will not only help you decide between life in the country or a city move, but we'll help you find the best removal company, wherever you chose to live. So, why not get a removal quote and start planning your move?  

City Life Vs Country Life Pros and Cons

Let's start with the advantages and disadvantages of both city life and country life. Living in the city will be completely different to living in the country and vise versa. You'll experience both benefits and downsides, but Compare My Move have highlighted important pros and cons to help make your decision easier. 

Pros & Cons of City Life

From better job opportunities to overcrowded trains, we've compiled the pros and cons of city life to help you make a decision.

Pros & Cons of City Life


Transportation – Cities always have extremely well-connected transport links, with more regular services also.

Shopping and Restaurants – Cities usually have a more diverse cultured population, meaning the variety of food shops and restaurants is endless.

Job Opportunities – There’s significantly more opportunities for careers in the city as big companies are always setting up offices.


No Community – Cities have huge populations, so if you live right in the centre, there’ll be a lack of community feel due to big crowds of people.

Overcrowded – Due to over populated cities, public transport is usually overcrowded, especially at rush hour.

Expensive Lifestyle – The city lifestyle is notoriously more expensive than in the country.

Pros & Cons of Country Life

From beautiful scenery to poor phone reception, we've put together the pros and cons of living in the countryside to help make your choice clearer. 

Pros & Cons of Country Life


Scenery – You’ll be surrounded by miles of greenery in the countryside, as oppose to big offices in the city.

Community Feel – Lower population in small countryside villages means more of a community feel.

Clean Air – There’s less pollution in the countryside from less cars and public transport.


Bad Reception – More often than not, the countryside has poor phone reception.

Poor Transport Links – Public transport is not as regular the further you go into the countryside.

Lack of Facilities – Big food shops and restaurants are usually not in walking distance in the country.

Moving from the Country to the City

We've compiled some helpful tips and things to be aware of if you're moving from the country to the city. 

1. If you're moving from the country to the city, re-think if you need a car as most people commute to work.

2. Don't forget that the cost of living in a city is often more expensive than in a small country town.

3. Moving from a country to the city will bring with it a lot more noise from all the hustle and bustle. 

4. Restaurants, shops and bars stay open for longer in the city than in the country, and a Sunday is just like any other day. 

If you're looking to move from the country to capital city London, check out our ultimate guide to moving to London for all the tips you'll need. From where to work to where to live, we've got you covered.

Moving from the City to the Country 

If you're planning on moving from the city to country, take note of these useful tips and hints that will help you settle in. 

1. If you're moving from the city to the country, make sure you're fully aware of the facilities nearby. You don't want to move in and realise there's no public transport or supermarkets for a long while. 

2. Pack sensible clothes including wellies and warm jumpers for the cold winter nights as it usually takes longer for an old country house to warm up.    

3. Try to spend a lot of time in the area before deciding on definitely moving there, and at different seasons. 

4. Don't be afraid to start conversations and get to know the locals. 

For those contemplating moving from London to a new life in the country, there are a few factors to consider including commuting costs and the cost of returning to London at a later date. 

Director of Greater London Properties Rob Hill explains: "London and London property offer a great variety that perhaps is only surpassed by living in the city itself.  Every year we see people moving back to London who have moved out to the countryside in search of a better life. 

"For many who remained working in London the commute on unreliable and expensive trains is a major factor in returning, others cite the wonderful convenience of London life.  Granted it is expensive but there is no where else quite like in in England that offers not only the opportunity but also diversity. 

"For anyone considering leaving for the countryside my advice is always to rent first for a year to see if country life is all that you hope it will be while keeping a toe in the London property market.  This way you can always return easily and have not incurred large moving bills leaving London only to return."

City Vs Country Average House Prices

A major factor that might help you decide between moving to the city or the country will be the cost of property. Compare My Move have compared the average house prices for both the country and the city.  

Country Vs City House Price

On average in the UK, houses in the countryside are more expensive than in cities. The average price for UK houses in the country is £263,050 compared to £218,596 for houses in cities, excluding London. 

Floor Space in the Country Vs the City 

Although house prices on average are more expensive in the country, if you lived in Powys, Wales, you'll get more for your money than in Cardiff. If you bought a house in Powys, you'll be paying £1428 per square metre, compared to £2161 per square metre for a property in Cardiff. 

Cardiff Vs Powys Per Square Metre

We've compiled data to help you compare each region in the UK and their average price of a house in both the country and the city. In every UK region, a house in the country is more expensive than a house in the city. In the majority of the regions, the price is significantly higher to buy a house in the country. 

North East£169,232£151,067
North West£231,413£173,683
Yorkshire & The Humber£261,401£164,365
East Midlands£239,901£184,475
West Midlands£280,776£191,504
East of England£332,822£305,057
South East£416,521£331,516
South West£296,273£240,650
Great Britain (Excluding London)£263,050£218,596

Data from City A.M based on house prices in 2017

In Yorkshire & The Humber, a house in the country will cost you £261,401 compared to the lower price of £164,365 if you were to purchase a house in the city. 

However, for example, if you were to purchase a house in the countryside area of Wales, Powys, then you'd get 50% more floor space for your money than if you were to live in the city of Cardiff. 

Although houses are more expensive in the country, you'll get more for your money living in the country. Now that you know all the facts and figures, we hope that this article will help you make the right decision. 

Move to the City or Country with Compare My Move

We hope we've helped you make a decision on either moving to the city or the country. Also, look at the average house removal costs so you know what to expect.

Once you're ready to move, don't forget to get connected with Compare My Move to save up to 70% on the cost of your country or city move. Just fill out our 30-second form and we'll provide you with up to 6 professional and friendly removal companies in your area. 

Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

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