i go to croydon higher education college and i love it. im in my 2nd year of a BA degree in fashion with business and the lecturers are good and its so local to all the shops and the train station etc.
the college itself IS quite rough and is full of rude bwoys! lol buttt theyre harmless, only way it will cause a problem for you is if you get involved with them which you wont.
the HE building is seperate and is ugly lol but its well equipped for my course so i dont mind, but in 2009 gettin a new building just for HE which will be much better. the only reason im ever in the actual college is to go to the library or walk through to get to the HE building.
Also there is security everywhere and they are really strict on you having your id card with you at all times, if u dont have it you get sent home, also not allowed to wear any hoods or hats in the building at all and to get in to the buildings you have to swipe your card.
its a good college, obviously i would have preffered to go to a 'proper' uni but their fashion course was best for me so i cant complain.