When shall I arrive?
First years must be in residence by the night of Sunday 6th October. You can arrive on either Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th unless you have permissions to arrive early (see below). Most students will probably arrive on the Saturday.
Can I arrive early?
Students from outside of the UK may want to arrive a day early and sort out a UK bank account, collect their visa etc. Students who will need to collect a visa can arrive on Friday 4th October. Earlier arrival will not normally be approved unless it is to attend a pre-term part of your course. UK and EU students can arrive on the 5th or 6th October.
The University Students Union (CUSU) will be running some evening sessions for international students from the middle of the week before but these are entirely optional (you will not miss out if you don't go) and students should note that extra residence outside of the room license will be charged and that the College kitchens will not be providing meals. You also need to ensure that you have left sufficient time for your visa application once your CAS has been issued - it may be that trying to come a whole week early isn't feasible.
If you need to arrive early to attend a compulsory pre-sessional course then let us know and we will arrange for you to move into your room.
Can I see pictures of my room? Can I change room? What are my rooms' measurements?
Unfortunately it is not possible for us to help with these queries.
How do I unload?
We don't have set arrival times, just turn up at the Porter's Lodge to sign in and collect your key. You will be able to park reasonably close to the accommodation to unload but be prepared to have to carry everything upstairs! There will be students around to help if you need anything.
What is 'caution money'?
Caution money is £100 paid as a deposit in case of damage to accommodation or unpaid fines. It will be refunded when you leave Cambridge at the end of your degree.
What bedding do I need?
You will be provided with a bed and a mattress. You can bring your own bedding, or you can pre-order linen packs from the College, but you must do this no later than 1 week before your arrival. These will come at a cost of £20 and will include a pillow, duvet, fitted sheet, pillow case, and duvet case. The linen is in a block colour. College will arrange for these to be in rooms for arrival. Please order a week (at the latest) before the start of the licence via Housekeeper email@example.com
What will my address be?
Your address will be:
Note that it is just Peterhouse not 'Peterhouse College' and that your address is simply that of the Porters' Lodge (where you will have a pigeonhole for post and where parcels can be collected ) and not the address of your accommodation.
What is the Matriculation Dinner?
The Matriculation Dinner is a dinner to welcome new students to the college and to give students a chance to meet the Fellows in their subject. It is reasonably (but not excessively) formal and you are asked to dress smartly in business dress (suit and tie, trousers/skirt and blouse, smart dress) with a gown.
What should I wear for Matriculation?
You should dress smartly (suit and tie, trousers/skirt and blouse, smart dress) with a gown. There is not a strict code but you should look smart as you will be photographed!
When do lectures start?
Lectures begin on Thursday 10th October but you are likely to have some course-related things to do (including supervisions) from the Tuesday.