Ahh my hometown. To be honest cos I've grown up around here I don't think I can see what other people see about it. Yeah, it's not Chelsea but it's not terrible either. Yeah, there's crime but you're unlikely to be involved unless you're in a gang too.
I think it would be a pretty good place to live as a student, hop on the 205 to shoreditch and have a great time - it's got to be better than hoards of central london students going to the roxy on wednesday night, anyway.