Croydon? Stay in fucking Bristol mate....
I grew up there.Not just snobbery, but also fuckwitted allusions to immigrants c/o southside.
Eh? were talking about Croydon, its hardly cut off from the rest of London. I go there regularly to see friends - it takes me 15 minutes on the train from Streatham.basically, the situation is that i am moving to be with her, but i'm not sure whether to move in with her or move to south london somewhere on my own (in a houseshare probably). moving to croydon would be cheaper for both of us, and we'd get to see more of each other if we live together, but i'm slightly reluctant as well because it would mean i'd basically have to adopt her social circle as opposed to having my own life and friends in london.
I have lived all over London and Croydon has worked out no better or worse than anywhere else I have lived. Just like anywhere in London there are shit bits and posh bits quite close by.or is it as utterly depressing as i've heard it is?
good points, bad points, things i should know etc are all gratefully received.
This ^^I do find some of the snobbery on this thread rather depressing.
Croydon has lots of good things going for it, not least that it is much less full of provincial Dorothies pretending that they're the big metropolitan I am, born and bred, than other boroughs.
Good (and improving) transport links; pretty affordable; has its own identity and is not just orientated towards central London; plenty of distinctive neighbourhoods, lots of shops, restaurants etc; music culture; green spaces within reach; etc.
The trains run later than the tubes. They stop for about an hour around just after 2 but start again at 3. The night busses are pretty good anyway.yeah actually, I forgot that there are trains to london bridge too. But london bridge is still south.
Like spanglechick says, it is fairly easy going out but then getting home is a bit of a bitch
Depends which bits you mean. It's a big place. Addiscombe is like a little village with quality local butchers, fishmongers etc. There are also some nice little cosy pubs.It's pretty awful and soulless.
yeah the trains run all night but not very regularly and it becomes proper missions getting back to croydon late on if you're out in north london or east. before we lived together, if we went out in london he would always take longer getting home than me even though I don't live in central London or owt. It's because you can't just get a direct night bus home, you're always gonna have to get one or two buses then a train then a bus from the station to where you live in croydonia.The trains run later than the tubes. They stop for about an hour around just after 2 but start again at 3. The night busses are pretty good anyway.
I'm not a super expert though as I don't like staying out late these days.
I've visited it more than a few times thanks. In general it has the look and feel of a new town, well the centre does anyway. Sure it has old parts, but plenty of historic towns have "new parts" but they are not deemed new towns.It's not a "new town". It's a very old town, that's got bigger and bigger because of its proximity to London. Some parts are new, some parts are very old. It's impossible to judge it from a few visits to the town centre.
You could consider Brixton or summet? More expensive than where I live but is nicer. V. Easy to get to from Croydon.i want somewhere that's cheap(ish), close to my gf, has decent job possibilities or is within commuting distance of somewhere that does, is close enough to london to be able to have a decent day/night out there if i want.
ideally i'd want to be further in, but given that the further in i go, the more expensive it gets both to live and to see my gf, i'm not sure how much of a starter it is
Can't you?It's because you can't just get a direct night bus home, you're always gonna have to get one or two buses then a train then a bus from the station to where you live in croydonia.
yeah, well when i start the big move, i'm going to be moving up with her in croydon for a month or two, while i look for work and get settled. if it works out i may well stay, but we've already agreed that it'll only be a trial and i can move somewhere else afterwards if i want.You could consider Brixton or summet? More expensive than where I live but is nicer. V. Easy to get to from Croydon.
Living costs are cheap as fuck in London, it's just the rent and bills. Everything else is peanuts if you are adaptable and that.
I'd be hesitant about moving to croydon straight in with the gf because then if you decide you want to move somwhere else ( you may find a dream job that doesn't suit commuting from croy, for eg) it could be weird. Maybe just discuss all options/possibilities with her. We moved in on a trial basis kinda thing initially, with everything open so it would be ok to pack it in.
but that means getting to trafalgar sq in first place. sounds like there are more night buses than I thought though so that's good.Can't you?
Trafalgar square to the end of my road. Or I have a choice of quite a few if I want to walk the last 10 minutes.
Anyway I only take the bus when I am out late in Brixton. The trains from victoria and LB have always provided and they only take 15 - 20 minutes.
well then! That's perfect, you will likely know by 2 months whether croydon feels right for youyeah, well when i start the big move, i'm going to be moving up with her in croydon for a month or two, while i look for work and get settled. if it works out i may well stay, but we've already agreed that it'll only be a trial and i can move somewhere else afterwards if i want.