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. More information is also provided in the Postgraduate Student Handbook.

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

New postgraduate students are expected in Cambridge by

Michaelmas Term

Tuesday 4th October 2022

The College is planning on your arrival date being the 1st or 2nd of October and you will to be admitted to the College on Monday 3rd October 2022*

Lent Term

Tuesday 17th January 2023

The College is planning on your arrival date being the 14th or 15th of January 2023*

Easter Term

Tuesday 25th April 2023

The College is planning on your arrival date being the 22nd or 23rd of April 2023*

Please be mindful that the UK Government regulations may change at short-notice and this may impact upon College events.  International students must ensure that they keep up-to-date with the guidance on the current requirements to travel to the UK, as well as pre-arrival information which can be found here

Though new postgraduate students are expected in Cambridge by the dates listed above, 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 information about travel to England from another country during coronavirus can be found here.

For those postgraduate students who are planning to arrive early, the timing of their arrival must be arranged, in advance, through the Accommodation Office. If you need to arrive early for your course, please email

Postgraduate students should let the Tutorial Office ( know the date of their arrival once they make their 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 on the intranet.

4.  College meal arrangements

All information about College meal arrangements can be found om the intranet. 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 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.  Admission

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