Information for new graduate students

The following paragraphs give some information about becoming a Graduate Student at Peterhouse. A fuller version of this document, printed, will await new Graduate Students at Peterhouse on their arrival.

1. Arriving

(a)  Immigration Regulations

It is important for graduate students to check before they leave home if any permission is required for them to enter and remain in this country.  They should check the requirements and obtain permissions before leaving. 

(b)  Date of Arrival

New graduate students are expected in Cambridge on 5 or 6 October though a few may arrive earlier than this for special courses if the agreement of the Senior Tutor is sought in advance. New graduate students are asked to inform the Senior Tutor of the date on which they intend to arrive by sending an email to It is not necessary to say at what time of day arrival will be, but new graduate students should note that they will have difficulties in getting into College between midnight and 6 a.m.  On arrival at the College new graduate students should go to the Porter’s Lodge and introduce themselves; the Duty Porter will then be able to issue the appropriate key to their room and give any other information necessary. 

2.  Medical arrangements

The College expects all graduate students to register with a local medical practitioner at the doctor's surgery soon after arrival, so that, should they fall ill, Tutors are aware which doctor to call.  A list of local medical practitioners, together with some other documents, will be awaiting new graduate students in their postal pigeon-holes in College.  It is advisable that graduate students of the College are also on the list of a local dentist.  There is a University dental service, available for all members of the University, at 3 Trumpington Street, Cambridge. There are also dentists practising within the town: for example

3.  Insurance

The College works with Endsleigh, student insurance, to protect the contents inside your room. You don’t need to do anything to activate this cover, but it is important for you to check and ensure that you fully understand the protection provided and whether it is sufficient for your needs.  Further information is provided in the Graduate Student Handbook.

4.  College meal arrangements

Besides accommodation an important aspect of College life for graduate students is eating together as a community.  Meals, especially dinner, are taken in common in the College Hall.  Arrangements for graduate students are very flexible and are posted near the College Hall - a copy of the notice on the subject will also be put out with their post to be collected on arrival.  Graduate students who are regularly vegetarian, or who have medical or religious reasons for abstaining from certain foods (e.g. in the case of Jews and Moslems), should tell their Tutor, who can make the necessary arrangements (in the case of religious reasons, by exemption from any obligations or expectation to eat College food).  Married graduate students living with their spouse in Cambridge may also be exempted but must seek exemption by writing to the Senior Tutor.  They will not automatically be exempted.

The College provides breakfast from 8.15 to 8.50 a.m. (but not on Sundays), lunch from 12.30 to 1.20 p.m. (but not on Sundays) and dinner in two sittings.  The first dinner sitting is from 6.00 to 7.00 p.m.; it is informal and by self-service; academical gowns are not then worn; for the second sitting, known as "formal Hall", at 7.30 p.m., academical gowns are worn and full service at table is provided.  Graduate students, unlike undergraduates, are not required to take dinner in Hall, though they are charged for a certain number of meals each term; and it is in their financial as well as social interest to eat those meals.

5.  Academical dress

"Academical dress" means the correct academical gown worn over the appropriate clothing.  This is worn on formal University and College occasions, and in Peterhouse is worn for formal College dinner in Hall, and on visits to College Officers such as Tutors, but, by custom, only when those visits are of a very formal nature.  Gowns may be obtained new or second-hand with the help of the College Porters: to place an order telephone the Porter's Lodge in advance - 01223 338200 or by email - All graduate students are therefore recommended to possess an academical gown and should make the acquisition of one an early errand on arrival here.  For graduate students who possess no Cambridge degree the correct gown is the Cambridge B.A.-status gown (except for graduate students aged twenty-four or over who should consult the Senior Tutor on this matter).

6.  The first few days of the first term in Peterhouse

Matriculation and Admission Procedures

There are important matriculation and admission procedures to be observed before new graduate students can become members of the University on the one hand and of the College on the other.  These procedures will take place on Monday 7 October and must not be omitted. For matriculation and admission graduate students will need the appropriate academical gown described above (paragraph 5).  Details of the matriculation and admission procedures will be left for all new graduate students in the College postal pigeon-holes for collection on arrival.

The Master and Fellows of Peterhouse are eager both to ensure that new graduate students will be successful in obtaining the qualifications that they seek in the expected period whilst they are resident members of the College and to enable them to enjoy their time at Peterhouse.

Graduate students will meet their Graduate Tutor at MCR events held during Freshers’ week.

On the First Monday of Residence for Graduates

On Monday 7 October you will be expected to do the following:

1.    Graduate students new to Peterhouse will assemble in the College Hall at 9.45 a.m. when the Senior Tutor will give information on how the College operates, etc.

2.    Ensure you have bought a Peterhouse academical gown. The College Porters will be able to assist you in doing this. You must have acquired a gown before lunch-time on Monday as you will need it for 4, 5, and 6 below after lunch.

3.    1.30 p.m. in the Peterhouse Theatre.  Listen to talks by representatives from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, St John Ambulance and Cambridgeshire Police.

4.    2.00 p.m. in the College Hall.  Be matriculated to the University.  
If you have already been matriculated into the University from another Cambridge college, then you should be available at 2.30 p.m. in Old Court for the group photograph.

5.    Appear in the College Group Photograph.

6.    Be admitted to the College (in all cases, even if you are a member of another Cambridge college).

Petrean graduates do not participate in Matriculation or Admission or the associated activities.