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Moving back into town in later life

by Mark Whitcroft

Moving from the countryside to a town or city centre can be a big change, especially when it's done in later life. But, it doesn't have to be overwhelming! If you're considering a move from the peace and quiet of the countryside to the hustle and bustle of the city, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make the transition as smooth as possible.

  1. Noise Level
    One of the biggest differences between the countryside and city is the level of noise. In the city, there is always something going on and it can be quite noisy with traffic, people and all sorts of sounds. If you're used to the peaceful sounds of the countryside, the noise level in the city can be a shock. Make sure to choose a place that's not too noisy or consider using earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to help you sleep at night.


  1. Pace of Life
    City life can be fast-paced and busy, so it's important to be prepared for the change in pace. If you're used to a more relaxed way of life in the countryside, you may find that the city can be quite overwhelming at first. Make sure to take some time to adjust and get used to the new pace of life.
  2. Cost of Living
    City living often comes with a higher cost of living, especially when it comes to housing and groceries. Make sure to budget accordingly and factor in the increased costs when making your move.
  3. Transportation
    In the countryside, you may have been used to driving everywhere, but in the city, public transportation is often the preferred mode of travel. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the transportation options available, such as buses, trains, and taxis, so you can get around with ease. Use Google Maps or CityMapper apps to help you figure out the best routes to travel.
  4. Social Life
    City centres often have a much more active social life, with plenty of opportunities to get out and about, whether it's to attend events, visit museums, or simply go shopping. If you're moving from the countryside, this may be a welcome change, but it's important to keep in mind that you may need to make a few new friends in order to really enjoy the city.
  5. Access to green spaces
    One of the things you may miss most about the countryside is the access to green spaces. In the city, it's important to make sure you find a place that has access to parks and other green spaces so you can get your fix of nature.
  6. Culture
    City centres often have a wealth of culture, from museums and art galleries to music and theatre. If you're moving from the countryside, you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy all that the city has to offer.


  1. Safety
    City centres can sometimes feel less safe than the countryside, especially if you're not used to living in a busy area. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the area and take steps to ensure your safety, such as always being aware of your surroundings and not carrying valuables in plain sight.

Making the move

Making the move from the countryside to the city can be a big change, but it can also be a wonderful opportunity to experience new things and enjoy a different way of life. Just make sure to keep these lifestyle changes in mind so you can make the transition as smoothly as possible.