The small size of the College allows students to acquire skills outside academia.


However you would like to fill your time outside academic work, whether with sport, acting, writing for a student newspaper or throwing yourself into one of the myriad of societies available here, Peterhouse provides a great springboard. From social action groups to ultimate frisbee, our students are involved in a wide range of clubs, societies and activities, both at College and University level.


Every year has its top-rate sportspeople, but opportunities also abound for the first-time rower or even just a Sunday kickabout. It's easy to try out new activities at a non-competitive level – maybe you will discover a talent you never knew you had! At College level, you will find serious and not-so-serious sports teams in men's and women's football, rugby, rowing, tennis, cricket and many more. We have a squash court and multi-gym within the College grounds, while the playing fields, tennis courts and boathouse are only ten minutes away.


The 180-seat Friends of Peterhouse Theatre has excellent acoustics and high-standard audio-visual equipment. The Heywood Society puts on plays every year, often using the College gardens in summer. The theatre also hosts concerts, films and lectures.


The Peterhouse Music Society is open to all students who are interested in performing and listening to music. It holds a regular series of well-attended recitals, as well as a number of larger scale concerts. We have two grand pianos and recital and practice facilities which are soon to be extended.

The Chapel Choir is enthusiastically supported by the College and choristers receive singing tuition at College expense as well as other benefits. The Chapel has one of the finest baroque organs in Cambridge and there are two organ scholars in residence at any one time. The Choir often travels to sing in concerts and services outside Cambridge.

Other Clubs and Societies

Tell me more about some of the many other interests pursued in the College.

And if Peterhouse doesn't have the society for you, you can go to the University-wide 'Freshers' Fair' in your first week to join clubs devoted to almost every conceivable interest.

If, after a long day studying, all of this seems like far too much effort, the College Bar offers a welcoming place to meet up with friends and hosts regular parties, theme nights and events for every taste.

Last but not least, Peterhouse postgraduate students have their own Middle Combination Room which serves as the venue for a variety of social activities and is equipped with comfortable sofas and chairs, newspapers, kitchen facilities and a television and DVD player.

The small size of the College allows students to acquire skills outside academia.