Life at Peterhouse

Peterhouse is a small and vibrant College with about 75 students in each undergraduate year and about 400 students in total. Peterhouse has a uniquely friendly and welcoming environment, and is close to the main Arts, Engineering and Science faculties and five minutes’ walk from the city centre. Peterhouse has a diverse student body, and the only thing all our students have in common is their commitment and ability for their subject and the drive to work hard. 

Choosing which College to apply to can be daunting, particularly if you haven’t visited Cambridge before. Your College will be your home for the time you spend studying at Cambridge (and indeed the rest of your life!) and we strongly recommend applying to a College you’d feel comfortable in. Most students think their College is the best one, and Peterhouse students are no different! However, the Colleges are all more similar than they are different and the choice of College won’t affect the education you receive. The Admissions Team are always happy to show prospective applicants around or to answer any questions, or you can visit us. 

There is a wealth of information about Peterhouse on this website, including the current Undergraduate Student Handbook  and the Postgraduate Handbook, or you can download a PDF of the Peterhouse college prospectus which has similar information. 


Peterhouse has a strong tradition of academic excellence in both Arts and Sciences. This page gives general information on the teaching system in Cambridge and facilities in Peterhouse. Our Courses pages give much more detail on individual courses.

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Peterhouse is able to accommodate all our undergraduates and we are able to provide some of the cheapest accommodation in Cambridge. 

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Even in the digital age the Library is an essential resource for all students. Peterhouse’s Ward Library is a truly exceptional space. 

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The Chapel is a spiritual and contemplative centre and the un-mistakable central geographical landmark of College. 

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We have a number of wheelchair-accessible student bedrooms available and social spaces such as the Theatre, Lubbock Room, JCR and Bar are all wheelchair-accessible. However, due to the age of some of the buildings, there are a number of staircases and other places which may not be accessible to all students. For more information, please consult the University's Disability Resource Centre's guide to Colleges. 

We are happy to consider other requirements such as live-in assistants or assistance dogs, but unfortunately cannot guarantee that these would be possible and would advise you to contact us and the University's Disability Resource Centre before applying. 

See our page on AccessAble for details on accessibility

The close-knit community is great. If you're the type of person who likes to know everyone in your year and feel that, whoever you turn to, you'll be supported, then Peterhouse is the place for you.