I live 5 mins away from Croydon town centre where there are many shops. Also west Croydon, Thornton heath and East Croydon stations are very near. Using these trains can take you to central London e.g. Oxford street. There are many buses on route, the bus stops are mins away from the flat. On the main are many takeaway shops. It's a nice area and people are friendly. There are also gyms near by.