When to arrive and what to do
Which day to come: Full Term begins on Tuesday, 4 October. You, however, as a new undergraduate, MUST be in residence by 6 p.m. on Sunday, 2 October, but you may arrive on Saturday 1 October if this is a more convenient day for you to make the journey. Please indicate the date when you intend to come on the online form. If you expect to arrive by car you will find these maps and directions useful. For this, the beginning of your first Term, ONLY, the College's Garden Steward gives permission for cars to be parked on the grass in the area between the William Stone Building and the rear of St Peter's Terrace (all shown on the map of the College). Access is via Grove Lane. Overseas students may be allowed to come into residence early but must first seek permission from the Senior Tutor.
When you first arrive at the College: On arrival at the College you should call at the Porter's Lodge in order to sign the 'Redit Book'. This means you have 'signed in', and we know that you are here. You should always do this, whenever you return into residence after an absence from Cambridge, be it at the beginning of Term or during Term. (You must also sign out whenever you will be away from the College overnight - in the 'Exit Book'.)
Dinner on the day of arrival: Dinner will be served in Hall on the Saturday, but on Sundays the College does not provide breakfast or lunch from its kitchens. Please indicate on the form whether you will be taking dinner. Should you intend to bring a guest to dinner (which is not usual on your first night) you should also indicate this by marking the relevant field in the form. If you or your guest would like a vegetarian meal that evening please also indicate this.
N.B. Vegetarian food is prepared as a matter of course in our kitchens. Inquiry should be made in the kitchens after you begin residence if this diet is of interest to you. If you have religious reasons (e.g. Jewish or Muslim) for not eating in College Hall or medical reasons for needing a particular diet please see the Senior Tutor during his Tutorial time so that action may be taken.
Post, notices from your Tutor: Post for undergraduates is always put in the pigeon-holes, which are individually labelled, in the Porter's Lodge; please collect your post regularly - more than once a day for the first few days, when you will receive a large number of letters and other notices - some will be urgent. Please check your Cambridge email regularly as well. Also, at the bottom of F staircase in Old Court by the door to the Servery is the Senior Tutor's Notices board: please read any notices posted there - another habit to acquire. A second and important notice board also at the bottom of F staircase is labelled Tutorial Appointments and Administration. On it you will find shown the times when you are expected to see your own Tutor. This will be on the Monday or Tuesday after you arrive. Undergraduates are communicated with by the Tutor or Tutors' Secretary by email, but notices and general instructions are also produced in the traditional paper form and pinned up.
On the First Monday of Residence for Undergraduates
On Monday 3 October you will be expected to do the following:
1. Assemble in the College Hall at 9 a.m. when the Senior Tutor will give you information on how the College operates, the teaching arrangements, etc.
2. Buy a Peterhouse academical gown. The College Porters will be able to assist you in doing this. You must have acquired a gown before lunch-time on Monday as you will need it for 5, 6, and 7 below after lunch.
3. (a) See your Tutor at the time posted on the Tutorial Appointments and Administration Notice Board at the bottom of F staircase in Old Court by the door to the Servery.
(b) See the Assistant Chaplain at the time posted on the Tutorial Appointments and Administration Notice Board at the bottom of F staircase in Old Court by the door to the Servery.
You will NOT be sent a personal notice of the time of your appointment with your Tutor or Assistant Chaplain so you MUST look on the Tutorial Appointments and Administration Notice Board to find your time.
(c) See your Director of Studies - Your appointment with your Director of Studies may be on the first Monday of residence, or it may be later in the week in some cases. Some Directors of Studies contact their pupils directly by letter or e-mail, others post a notice on the Tutorial Appointments and Administration Notice Board, some ask the Tutors’ Secretary to arrange the appointments: arrangements vary. It is your duty to find the necessary information and take action accordingly.
If by Monday lunch-time you have neither seen a notice about nor received email about an appointment with your Director of Studies, you should call on the Tutors’ Secretary in the Tutorial Office. You should also make contact with the Tutors’ Secretary or her assistants if the time set for you to see your Tutor clashes with that set for you to see your Director of Studies or you cannot be present at any time indicated. You should do this as a matter of urgency to ask for a new time. The Tutorial Office is opposite the side of the Chapel: it is the next door along from the Porter's Lodge.
4. 1.30 p.m. in the Peterhouse Theatre. Listen to talks by representatives from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, St John Ambulance and Cambridgeshire Police.
5. It is essential you are Matriculated to the University at 2.00 p.m. in the College Hall. You are not officially a member of the University unless you are Matriculated.
6. Appear in the College Group Photograph.
7. Be admitted to the College.
This is a special dinner held on Tuesday 4 October at which the new undergraduates are the guests.
You will receive a printed invitation card as a reminder when you arrive at Peterhouse in October. Please indicate on the form whether you will attend.
If you have special dietary requirements (e.g. religious or vegetarian), please include this information on the form.