Peterhouse and all of its accommodation is centrally located, but off the tourist trail and in a relatively quiet part of town. The majority of academic sites students will need to visit are within a ten minute walk (shorter by bicycle), with shops and amenities also close by.
The College occupies a surprisingly spacious site, including extensive gardens, both formal and informal. These are a well kept secret even in Cambridge and provide a peaceful haven for study or relaxation during the summer months.
Peterhouse is strikingly pretty and features a range of historic buildings, some of which date back to the College's foundation. There is a real sense of history as our students live, work and play in buildings which have been in continuous use for over 700 years.
Peterhouse graduate students enjoy some of the best rooms in Cambridge and are housed together so that it's easy to make friends in the first few months.
Most graduate accommodation consists of single bed-sits, in good decorative order, fully furnished and centrally-heated, with shared bathroom facilities and kitchens nearby. All student rooms are equipped with a connection to the University's high speed network for internet and email.
The College also has a small number of self-contained flats suitable for married graduates, including those with children.
Before they come up, freshers are asked to indicate their preferred rent band. The College then allocates rooms on a 'best efforts' basis within the constraints of the available room stock.
What does it cost?
Peterhouse deliberately offers a wide range of rents to suit all budgets, with rents determined by room size and facilities. For the academic year 2012/13, monthly rents for bed-sits typically range from £340 to £450, and for self-contained flats from £585 to £845. These rents include the cost of water, central heating and some cleaning, although electricity is charged in addition according to use.
Eating together is an important part of communal life at Peterhouse and the Kitchens pride themselves on the quality and variety of the food. Most students eat in the College's Hall at least once every day: the value-for-money improves the more meals you take.
Cafeteria-style breakfast, lunch and supper are available every day except Sundays (supper only). The Servery typically offers a choice of individually priced hot dishes and vegetables, a salad bar, desserts, fruit, sandwiches, snacks and hot and cold drinks. A vegetarian option is always available and wherever possible the Kitchens will try to meet special dietary requirements.
In addition Peterhouse continues to offer the option of a more formal sitting every evening. Formal Hall is a three course, candle-lit dinner with waiter service. Popular and inexpensive, Formal Hall is an ideal opportunity for students to spend time with their friends and invite guests from other colleges. Occasional Super Halls are also arranged to test the Kitchens' culinary skills!
What does it cost?
Graduates pay a fixed charge of around £120 per term as their contribution towards kitchen overheads; thereafter they pay per meal at roughly cost price. A self-service lunch or supper might cost of the order of £4.10, depending on choice, while the price of Formal Hall is currently just £5.85.
The College Bar is open every evening, serving a full range of reasonably priced alcoholic and soft drinks. Recently refurbished, it is a popular venue for students, after Formal Hall or on library breaks.
All of the College's graduate accommodation is equipped with full kitchen facilities, either in communal areas or self-contained.
Those seeking more detailed information on the policies, procedures and costs of rooms and meals at Peterhouse are encouraged to consult the current version of the Accommodation Handbook.