Students moving in to St Peter's Terrace

When to arrive and what to do

  • Arrival

    Information about Freshers’ Week:  Full Term begins on Tuesday, 5th October. Freshers should arrive on 2nd or 3rd October. Anyone needing to quarantine should aim to arrive between 19-21 September for the 10-day isolation.

    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. 

    On arrival at the College you should call at the Porters' 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. You must also sign out whenever you will be away from the College overnight - in the 'Exit Book'.

    Catering arrangements: Full details of catering services for the coming term can be found here. The College does not provide breakfast or lunch from its kitchens on Sundays. The closest shops to buy groceries are Tesco Express on Christ’s Lane; Sainsbury's on Sidney Street; and Marks & Spencer in Market Square. Please note that some supermarkets in Cambridge are closed until 11am on Sundays - so buy Sunday's breakfast in advance!  

    Post, notices from your Tutor: Post for undergraduates is put in the pigeon-holes in the Porters' 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 and some will be urgent. Please also check your Cambridge ( email regularly. Information on configuring your Cambridge email on your laptop, tablet or smartphone can be found on the University website. 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. 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 Tutor. This will be on the Monday or Tuesday after you arrive. The Tutors and Tutorial Office Manager will communicate by email but notices and general instructions are also produced in paper form and pinned up. 

  • Admission

    Admission is expected to take place on Monday 4 October 2021 (if the government guidance relating to the pandemic and events changes we may have to alter this timetable). Subject to any social distancing restrictions in place at the time, you will be expected to do the following:

    • Buy a Peterhouse 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 Admission and the photo after lunch. 
    • See your Tutor. You will receive an email from the Tutorial Office to confirm when your meeting will take place. Your appointments may be on the first Monday of residence, or they may be later in the week.   
    • See the Welfare Officer / Assistant Chaplain. You will receive an email from the Welfare Officer / Assistant Chaplain inviting you to attend an appointment. Your appointments may be on the first Monday of residence, or they may be later in the week.
    • 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 email, others post a notice on the Tutorial Notice Board, some ask the Tutorial Office to arrange the appointments: arrangements vary. It is your duty to find the necessary information and respond. 
    • If by Monday lunch-time you have neither seen a notice about, nor received an email about, an appointment with your Director of Studies, you should call into the Tutorial Office. You should also make contact with a member of the Tutorial Office staff 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 for any other reason. 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 and it is next door to the Porters' Lodge.
    • Appear in the College Group Photograph at 2.30 p.m.
    • Be Admitted to the College from 3.00 p.m.


  • Matriculation Dinner

    This is a special dinner at which the new undergraduates are the guests and which you are expected to attend. Please indicate on the pre-arrival questionnaire whether you will attend. If you have special dietary requirements, please include this information on the pre-arrival questionnaire.

    It will take place on Tuesday 5 October. The venue for the reception, at 7.30pm, is expected be the Combination Room (you will be advised if the venue changes).  Dinner will be served in Hall at 8.00pm.  Business attire and gown required.

    Please note:  in order to attend this event you are required to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the dinner, with a negative result required to enable you to attend.  This requirement includes all students, vaccinated as well as unvaccinated

    In England, Lateral Flow Tests can be obtained free of charge from local pharmacies and, if possible, you should try to bring some tests with you.  Advice on how to order tests to be delivered to your home address is available on the following website: This website also has links on how to obtain tests in other parts of the UK.

    If you need to obtain tests after your arrival in Cambridge, there are a number of pharmacies in Cambridge city centre -  here are some located near College: Fitzwilliam Pharmacy on Trumpington Street (over the road from College); Boots Pharmacy on Petty Cury (in the city centre) and Superdrug Pharmacy on Sidney Street (in the city centre).

    Please remember that if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 then you must not attend the dinner (high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).  You should email as soon as possible and before 4.30pm on 5 October, if you find you cannot attend the Dinner.