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Why Come to Croydon?

University Centre Croydon is situated in the centre of Croydon, a thriving multicultural centre with strong African, Caribbean and Asian influences and links with many other ethnic communities. Croydon has one of the largest populations in London, with over 330,000 residents.

Our central location means the bars, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities that Croydon has to offer are right on your doorstep.

Fairfield Halls is South London’s premier arts, entertainment and conference centre and is located within a couple of minutes of the University Centre. The borough also boasts a vast range of sports venues, golf courses, clubs, pubs and restaurants.

Croydon is very well connected and the transport links to University Centre Croydon are second to none. Trains, trams and buses stop right outside the University Centre. Central London is only 12 minutes away by train, and it takes just 15 minutes to get to Gatwick Airport.

Croydon also has London’s only tram network, transporting over 276 million people a year. The East London Line tube extension links up to West Croydon train station, creating a direct connection to Shoreditch and Hoxton ensuring Croydon’s reputation as London’s best connected borough.

As well as providing unrivalled transport links and huge retail offerings, Croydon boasts more green space than most neighbouring boroughs with over 300 parks.

Croydon nightlight/shopping

Croydon is a buzzing and bustling town that offers a wide range of leisure and entertainment options including gyms, cinemas, theatres, cafés, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Croydon is one of the UK’s largest commercial centres and has been a focus for shopping in the South East since the 13th century when Surrey Street Market was first established. Croydon is ranked highly in the UK retail rankings and is well known for its busy retail facilities.

The two enclosed shopping centres within Croydon’s large pedestrian shopping area are the Whitgift and Centrale, these combined have over 200 stores, including a number of major retailers.

Surrey Street hosts a thriving market every day (except Sundays) selling a wide selection of vegetables, fresh fruit and flowers and general goods.

Croydon has a large variety of restaurants, brasseries, bistros and cafes offering cuisine from around the world. The greatest concentration is in the town centre, where the thriving night-time economy attracts 20,000 people every weekend to its wide range of bars, nightclubs and traditional pubs.

As London’s ‘third city’, Croydon offers a rich artistic heritage as well as providing opportunities for a varied and vibrant social life.