Information for new postgraduate students

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

1. Arriving

(a)  Immigration Regulations

It is important for postgraduate 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

Full University term begins on Tuesday 6 October. New postgraduate students are expected in Cambridge by the weekend of 3 or 4 October though a few may arrive earlier than this for special courses or if they need to self-isolate on their arrival. The most up-to-date list of countries and territories with no self-isolation requirement on arrival in England can be found here:

Those postgraduate students who are planning to arrive early and have not yet returned a completed early arrival form to the College Accommodation Office, please make sure to so as soon as possible. Please note that the timing of your arrival must be arranged, in advance, through the Accommodation Office.We expect that many international students will be arriving at different time given the difficulties in arranging travel this year. Please let the Tutorial Office ( know the date of your arrival once you make your travel plans. On arrival at the College new postgraduate 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 postgraduate 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 postgraduate students in their postal pigeon-holes in College.  It is advisable that postgraduate 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 Postgraduate Student Handbook.

4.  College meal arrangements

For the time being, a take-away lunch will be available from the servery, between 12 and 2 pm, Monday to Friday. In order that we know how many people will be making use of this service, those wishing to do so are asked to pre-book via UpayThe provision of Servery breakfast, brunch and dinner will resume from 21st September. Full details of catering services for the coming term will be available from mid-September. On Sundays the College does not provide breakfast or lunch from its kitchens. The closest shops to buy groceries are Tesco Express on Hills Road; Sainsbury's on Sidney Street; and Marks and Spencers in Market Square. Please note that some supermarkets in Cambridge are closed until 11am on Sundays - so buy Sunday's breakfast in advance!  

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 postgraduate students are therefore recommended to possess an academical gown and should make the acquisition of one an early errand on arrival here.  For postgraduate students who possess no Cambridge degree the correct gown is the Cambridge B.A.-status gown (except for postgraduate 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

Information about matriculation will be available nearer to the start of term.