Local area guide

Living in Croydon

The second largest borough in London after Bromley, Croydon has brilliant transport links into the capital and housing here is more affordable than other London boroughs, making it a popular choice with families and young professionals.

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Why Croydon is a good place to live

Croydon is as well-connected as it comes it terms of transport.

With 24-hour links into London thanks to the Gatwick Express, Croydon runs regular trains to London Bridge, Victoria, Gatwick Airport, Brighton and beyond.

It's also one of the less expensive London boroughs to live in, with plenty of affordable housing available.

There are lots of green spaces to enjoy, including Lloyd Park, Coombe Woods and Wandle Park, while the Fairfield Halls theatre plays host to some big name musicians, comedians, theatre productions and more.

Croydon has been undergoing regeneration for a while, with plans to replace the current Whitgift centre and Centrale shopping areas with a new development from Westfield.

It's also the home of some excellent state and private schools, while leafy South Croydon is a particularly sought after area.

What's Croydon famous for?

Croydon is the home the Brit School, where Adele, Any Winehouse, Kate Nash, Katie Melua and Spiderman himself, Tom Holland, learned their craft.

Britain's most famous supermodel, Kate Moss, also hails from here, as do Tracey Emin, Kirsty MacColl and rapper Stormzy.

With its glass tower blocks, Croydon feels like a modern city, yet it's been around since 1086 and is mentioned in the Domesday book. It was even visited by Henry VIII and was a resting place for several Archbishops of Canterbury.

Croydon has a good shopping area and residents are looking forward to seeing Westfield's plans to regenerate it.

BOXPARK Croydon is a great place to eat and drink and there's a thriving culinary scene with plenty of good bars and restaurants to choose from.

Did you know? The name Croydon literally means Crocus Valley.

Things to do in Croydon

Enjoy a cultural evening out at the Fairfield Halls, where you can expect to see big name comedians, bands and shows.

Wander through Surrey Street Market: one of the oldest markets in London, this vibrant market offers fresh produce, international cuisine and a lively atmosphere.

Indulge in some retail therapy at Centrale Shopping Centre and Whitgift Centre, which offer a wide range of high street stores.

For foodies, South End is a popular dining destination, offering a diverse range of restaurants and cafes serving cuisines from around the world.

And check out BOXPARK Croydon: a pop-up mall of shipping containers which hosts events and live music alongside a variety of dining options.

Experience nightlife at Matthews Yard, a popular arts and cultural space that often hosts events, live performances and provides a cozy spot for a night out.

And for a relaxing afternoon, grab a coffee from the cafe and head for a stroll through Coombe Woods, Lloyd Park or Wandle Park.

Average asking prices in Croydon today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£427,500

244 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£725,000

87 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£550,000

125 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£270,000

589 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Croydon

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  • Croham Arms

    South Croydon, Surrey, CR2

    Friendly pub not far from south Croydon's restaurant quarter, with a large bar and a dart board.

  • Crown & Sceptre

    South Croydon, Surrey, CR2

    Local pub with real ale, comfort-food menu, free parking and catering service for private parties.

  • Toby Carvery

    South Croydon, Surrey, CR2

    Feast at the Finest Carvery Restaurant in South Croydon

  • Surrey Cricketers

    Croydon, Surrey, CR0

    A friendly pub, triangular in shape with a comfortable interior.

Transport in Croydon

Trains

Croydon is a major railway hub with several train stations facilitating quick and frequent access to London and beyond. East Croydon offers direct services to London Victoria, London Bridge and Gatwick Airport every 15 minutes, while West Croydon station provides additional connections, including services to London Bridge and London Victoria.

Trams

The Tramlink network in Croydon is an efficient way to travel within the town and to surrounding areas. East Croydon tram stop is a major interchange connecting various tram routes, including services to Wimbledon, Beckenham and New Addington.

Buses

Croydon has an extensive bus network operated by Transport for London (TfL), connecting the town to neighbouring areas such as Bromley, Beckenham, Crystal Palace and more. The major bus hubs can be found at East Croydon train station and West Croydon Bus Station.

Car

Croydon is well-connected by road, with major routes such as the A23 and A232 passing through the town. The M25 motorway is easily accessible, providing links to other parts of London and the wider motorway network. Central London is just 10 miles away - but travel times can vary depending on traffic conditions.

Airports

Gatwick Airport is just 15 minutes by train from East Croydon station or a 30 minute drive. London City Airport is 25 miles away and can be reached in around an hour by car or public transport.

Transport connections

South Croydon
National Rail
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Sanderstead
National Rail
0.7 miles / 1.1 km
Purley Oaks
National Rail
0.7 miles / 1.1 km
Waddon
National Rail
1.1 miles / 1.8 km
East Croydon
National Rail
1.2 miles / 1.9 km
West Croydon
National Rail
1.5 miles / 2.4 km

Schools in Croydon

When it comes to education, Croydon has a range of schools rated good and outstanding by Ofsted.

For primary schools, Chestnut Park, Heathfield Academy and the Harris Primary Academies for Haling Park, Merton and Purley Way are among those that are rated Outstanding.

For secondary education, the Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, Harris Invictus Academy Croydon, Riddlesdown Collegiate and St Bede's School are among those that are rated outstanding by Ofsted.

The Brit School, with its many famous alumni, is a free performing and creative arts school which specialises in music, film, digital design, community arts, visual arts and design, production and performing arts. It has two intakes: one at key stage 4 (14-16) and one at post 16 (16-18).

Within the private sector, the Whitgift School and Trinity School are both independent boys' school known for their academic excellence with a strong emphasis on sports and the arts.

And for boys and girls, the Royal Russell School has a strong academic record with a focus on nurturing well-rounded individuals.

Schools in Croydon

Harris Primary Academy Haling Park
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2023)
Whitgift School
Ages: 10 - 18 years old
Purley Oaks Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
St Giles School
Ages: 2 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Peter's Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Elmhurst School Ltd
Ages: 3 - 11 years old