IELTS Computer Based Test + Band Score

The advantages and disadvantages of living in a large city

by Claudia

Describe the advantages and disadvantages of living in a large city.

Nowadays, large cities are becoming more and more inhabited. The majority of the population prefer living in a big town mainly because of the great advantages it has compared to living in the countryside. However, what are the benefits of this situation, and what are the drawbacks? In this essay, I will explore the pros and cons of living in a large city and try to draw some conclusions.

Let’s start looking at the advantages. One of the main positives of a big town is the large amount of shops available in every corner of the city. What I mean by this is that whenever you live, there are some useful stores like supermarkets, banks, tobacconists and clothing stores where you can easily buy everything you need without going to the city center. Secondly, living in a big town is a big challenge for evening parties. In London, for example, there are so many things to do in the evenings like going to the cinema, to the pub or to the park during the summer period.

Turning to the other side of the argument, traffic could be one of the major disadvantages of living in a big city. Many people take the car everyday and it has also been proved that the majority of the families have at least two cars. This means that you have to deal with rush-hour traffic on your way to work and on your way back. In addition, in a big town there is consequently a lot of smog and this can really affect people’s health.

To sum up, living in a big city has great advantages but also some significant negatives.You have to weigh up to the pros of enjoying evenings’ nights outside and the availability of many shops and the cons of cope with smog and traffic issues. Personally, I believe that the benefits of enjoying the city-life and the comfort of having shops at every corner, eventually overweigh the negatives.

Please comment on my essay about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a large city.

Comments for The advantages and disadvantages of living in a large city

Click here to add your own comments

Jan 12, 2015
by: Farhan

Could you check my essay if i send you that at here

Jan 24, 2015
by: Anonymous

Your essay should fetch 5.5-6.0 band.


Jan 24, 2015
very good
by: naresh

good vocabulary with reasons and argument

Jan 24, 2015
thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you for the opportunity to know the adv and disadv of city life,

Thanks again


Jan 26, 2015
good advantages and disadvantages of living in a large city essay
by: mahmoudabadi

good coherence
supporting enough

Mar 26, 2015
The advantages and disadvantages of living in a large city
by: Anonymous

A well- written essay with many brilliant points. However, you could write more advantages and disadvantages for it though. Overall, I found it quite useful. Thanks.

Jun 19, 2015
by: IELTS Band 8.5

I MEAN IT was good.... band between 6.0 and 7.0

Jun 22, 2015
by: Anonymous

you can probably also give a solution for the disadvantages????!!!!!

Jun 22, 2015
Giving solutions
by: IELTS buddy

No, you should not give solutions.

The essay specifically asks you to write about advantages and disadvantages.

If you start writing about solutions you will likely be marked down not addressing the task properly.

Jul 09, 2015
by: Anonymous

Thank you. The essay is instructive and very well thought out

Jul 15, 2015
good essay
by: Suprovo

good essay, very useful for school compositions and good reasons given for the advantages and disadvantages of living in a city.

Jul 21, 2015
thank you
by: linda

oh thank you so much it help me a lot. now i can share it to others!!

Jul 27, 2015
by: Anonymous

this essay helps me to increase my points to view towards big city

Aug 17, 2015
by: Anonymous

I think your writing is very useful for students who want to write the easy.
It is good.

Aug 19, 2015
good thinking
by: patel bansari

this essay lots of helpful my study in ielts ................thanks

Oct 08, 2015
by: Anonymous

It is awesome n help me a lot to do a eminent essay...... thanks.. much appreciated

Oct 15, 2015
by: Anonymous

good job

Dec 03, 2015
super essay
by: Sharan

Wow what a wonderful essay. Anybody helped you?

Dec 08, 2015
Thanks but watch out!
by: Hafsa

The essay was great. It helped me a big deal with my home work but the essay was very short with one advantage only! So watch out! But I am afraid to say it was superb!

Jan 05, 2016
love ull
by: janis

thank you so much this site really helps me complele my homework :)xdxdxdxdxd

Jan 29, 2016
it is good
by: Anonymous

is very good you have one of the best information

Jan 31, 2016
poor essay from poor teacher
by: Anonymous

it was a very bad and poor essay. it was not useful. your essay must be beyond 400 to 800 words

Feb 02, 2016
by: Vartika Goyal

It is not difficult to understand.

Feb 02, 2016
by: Joseph Marip

So good

Feb 15, 2016
Tell more stuff about h
by: Anonymous

You must tell more uesful things to let them know how to live in the large city or something.

But that is pretty good.

Feb 22, 2016
thank you for yr essay
by: Ritsu

Your essay can help for my exam.
Thank a lot.

Feb 25, 2016
by: isaac olobayo

This is such a huge honour.

Mar 31, 2016
Very good
by: Anonymous

The disadvantages were good and also the advantages.

Apr 24, 2016
Good written essay
by: Jadira

Your essay has written in intermediate level. I have taken several ideas from your essay. Good luck! now I am writing an essay the same topic as yours.

May 05, 2016
by: Sreetama Das

I achieved a lot from it which helped me in my course. So thank u..

May 14, 2016
by: Rahul

Thanks for the essay

May 23, 2016
by: Rachita

Thanks for the great essay, you really made my work easy

Jun 05, 2016
brilliant essay give the author name
by: Anonymous

brilliant essay

Jul 30, 2016
by: Suchismita

You did an excellent job. keep it up.I wish you will write more better than this. This helped me a lot my teachers were impressed by me.


Aug 13, 2016
Could be improved
by: Anonymous

Good writing, structure and arguments but I found a lack of reasons (there are a lot more you should have mentioned)

Aug 22, 2016
by: Anonymous

Your band is between 5.5 and 7

Aug 24, 2016
super bad
by: Anonymous

very very bad

Sep 23, 2016
by: Anonymous

that's great

Oct 19, 2016
Improving essay
by: Anonymous

I think you need to add some detail in the essay

Oct 20, 2016
This is amazingly beautiful
by: Dylan

You did awesome, I see no problem with the essay

Oct 24, 2016
by: Anonymous


Oct 24, 2016
by: Anonymous

I am from Argentina, and I am studying english... Last week I had to write an essay of the advantages and disadvantages of living in a city, so I had to look for a model... I found yours, and WOW. I had a 10...

Oct 24, 2016
by: Matewos Ghebreab

i think this is stupid u have no idea how to write essay

Oct 30, 2016
More disadvantages
by: Anonymous

I think you should write more about disadvantages because there are a lot more than that!!!!

Nov 03, 2016
About more points
by: Anonymous

Essay is well written. Easy to understand,but there are many more important points that could be written here. Like about pollution in city because of the industries.

Nov 10, 2016
by: Anonymous

not so helpful..

Nov 12, 2016
by: Anonymous

Thank you

For advantages and disadvantes of the city

Thanks again

Nov 12, 2016
by: Anas

Thanks for essay

Nov 12, 2016
because you are not showing the real thing
by: dhruv

Show me the lifestyle of people migrating to cities in search of work

Nov 16, 2016
by: Anonymous

it is a superb essay. After writing the essay I got the appreciation from my teachers. Thanks for the essay.

Nov 28, 2016
by: Anonymous

i have been serching for a nice essay which contains important details but it should be in simple language and i found it here

Nov 30, 2016
by: raghuwaran

Good vocabulary

Dec 09, 2016
Keep it up
by: Amitoj

Very nice. I had been searching for such a nice essay

Jan 09, 2017
by: dada

this essay for kids

Jan 18, 2017
Thanks and very good
by: Sheikh Anas

Thanks for the essay
It's very wonderful
It helps me for my exams
God bless you And
Thanks again

Jan 25, 2017
by: sarina

hello, it was very good, thanks dear

Jan 25, 2017
by: Anonymous


Jan 28, 2017
Really bad
by: Anonymous

That was kind of embarrassing you should try a littler harder next time.

Feb 27, 2017
by: sohan

It helped me to get more marks in my exam

Mar 01, 2017
by: Anonymous

I think that's a great essay but you skip the major facts

Mar 16, 2017
very good
by: Anonymous

top work sir

May 24, 2017
it was a nice one
by: Anonymous

Nice one.

May 26, 2017
by: Sudeepa Nandi

Nice one
Loved it...

May 29, 2017
Good essay
by: Ishaan

Good essay with good vocabulary i like that very much!

Jun 05, 2017
by: Anonymous


Jun 16, 2017
by: Anonymous

good essay.. it was a wonderful help

Jun 22, 2017
by: Anonymous

Not awesome but good ..Following the title

Aug 02, 2017
by: Anonymous

Good but maybe a little more facts. Still good though.

Aug 12, 2017
Very good
by: Anonymous

It is very good essay.

Oct 04, 2017
city life
by: a

what are more advantages or disadvantages of a city life

Oct 09, 2017
very good
by: marafe

very good but I want many advantages of town please ...thanks 😊😊😊

Oct 17, 2017
by: Anonymous

very good! helped a lot, thanks for everything !!

Oct 27, 2017
by: Anonymous

i just loved it.The last line or the conclusion was well thought and a wonderful essay was put up by you.

Nov 30, 2017
Good writing your essay is good thanks
by: Anonymous


Dec 14, 2017
by: Anonymous

i think there are many cons rather than many pros.

Dec 20, 2017
by: mariyamawit

Thanks that helped a lot for my debate at school.

Jan 01, 2018
by: Simran


Jan 27, 2018
by: Anonymous

The points in the essay were very good yet i have a major issue I found. In the first paragraph, I found the language quite chatty. Nonetheless, well done!


Jan 27, 2018
Why do I need a title
by: Anonymous

I’m thankful

Feb 01, 2018
Very nice essay i have ever read
by: Mirvohidova_official

Very nice essay i have ever read thanks

Feb 04, 2018
not very good
by: Anonymous

you should have included more advantages or disadvantages

Feb 05, 2018
by: big boi george


Mar 07, 2018
this lacks details
by: Anonymous

check again how many details, i.e advantages are there?. You need to put more zit to your work.
It was a good attempt though but keep trying.

May 31, 2018
by: Shipra

This was really short and to bad there should me many reasons of advantages and disadvantages

Aug 27, 2018
Good job, but...
by: StriKerZ

Like what another user said (back in 2015 lol), you could have added more advantages/disadvantages of living in a city. Obviously by now, you would have improves a lot more, because it's 2018.

Sep 02, 2018
Horrible Living In A Big City
by: Watermelondrea

Way Too Much Traffic Very Noisey At Night Time Too Many Strangers And There Are Mean People But Worst Of All There Are No Houses There Whatever You Do Do Not Move To A Big City Or Else There Is A Lot Of Trouble Coming Ahead

Nov 08, 2018
by: Anonymous

I liked the pros and cons, but I just felt like it was too short, you know? The ones you gave were helpful but I don’t like that there was only one pro and only two cons. I thought your essay would be a bit longer, and I liked what you said, but just not enough. Thanks for the tips though!!!!πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Dec 13, 2018
Excellent and extraordinary
by: Jissan Meman

The way you written the essay is very nice, I like it and thanks for making this essay, it is very helpful for me and for anyone who read this, thanks.

Jul 02, 2019
by: Anonymous

Worst essay I ever saw

Jul 23, 2019
Thank u
by: Anonymous

its very easy and understand thank u dear

Dec 10, 2019
The advantages and disadvantages of living in a large city
by: Ellie

definitely helped me with my school work thank you this was a very good piece of writing

Jan 06, 2020
Thanking for the essay
by: Saksham


Jul 28, 2020
The advantages and disadvantages of living in a large city
by: Jaime Carbo

Congratulations Miss Claudia for your essay. It is well structured giving evidence about the positive points of living in a large city as well about the negative aspects.

The only thing that I found out was the use of the word **whenever** when I guess it should be **wherever** . I quess it was a mistake due to the haste and rush to finish and hand in the essay.

Again, thsnks for sharing your essay with us. Blessings.

Aug 11, 2020
by: Jaweria alam

Good easy brilliant skills you have

Aug 11, 2020
by: Anonymous

You had wrote a great exposition but focus on your grammar.Thanks

Sep 20, 2020
Say thanks you
by: Hanh

Tnanks you.

Sep 22, 2020
From Viet Nam
by: Hanh

Tnanks you

Nov 05, 2020
by: Anonymous

It is very interesting and factual

Feb 09, 2021
by: Anonymous

Good piece of writing with detail but could focus on more points related to the topic.

Apr 04, 2021
by: ThΓ©Seeker

This essay helped me to give a beautiful example of an enormous essay.

Oct 19, 2021
by: Eduardo Borja

Is perfect for my homework essay.

Nov 21, 2021
About main demerit of spending life in a big city
by: Iqra

AOA! Sir u also wrote it very nicely n proficient but I also wanna give my advice which is about the main disadvantage of life itna big city is that the amount of CO2 increases day by day. From burning the fossil fuels and vice versa n increasing in the amount of different transportation. Thus the amount of O2 decreases by replacing the tress and establishing the different buildings or opening of facilities. I'm not at least 16 I m at 14 ☺

Sep 08, 2023
by: Tejesh patasani

Good sir

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to IELTS Essay Feedback Forum.

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Band 7+ eBooks

"I think these eBooks are FANTASTIC!!! I know that's not academic language, but it's the truth!"

Linda, from Italy, Scored Band 7.5

ielts buddy ebooks