Full Term begins on Tuesday, 3 October 2023. Freshers should arrive on 30 September or 1 October.
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 to collect your room keys. Rooms are available after 2pm (or earlier by prior arrangement with the Accommodation Office).
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 Petty Cury; 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 (@cam.ac.uk) 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. The Tutors and Tutorial Office Manager will communicate by email but notices and general instructions are also produced in paper form and pinned up.
Students who do not hold a UK or Irish passport will need immigration permission in order to come to the UK and study at Cambridge. It is important to check before you leave home if any permission is required for you to enter and remain in the UK. The University provides lots of helpful information for international students on its website.
International students must ensure that they keep up to date with the guidance on current requirements to travel to the UK, as well as pre-arrival information which can be found here.
The Tutorial Office will contact all international incoming students before the start of term about the documentation that will need to be provided when you arrive. It is very important that you provide your immigration documents promptly when requested.
If you opted to collect your BRP from the Post Office, please collect it as soon as possible.
If you are collecting your BRP from the University, the Tutorial Office will contact you before the start of term to let you know when it is available and to advise what documentation you will need to provide in order to collect it.
Digital Visa Status
Students with a digital visa status should send their share code to email@example.com. This can be obtained from https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status. The Tutorial Office will contact you in due course to advise what other documentation you will need to provide.
Admission will take place on Monday 2 October 2023. You will be expected to do the following:
9.00 a.m. Assemble in the College Hall where the Senior Tutor will give an introductory talk including information on how the College operates, teaching arrangements, etc.
Ensure you have bought a Peterhouse academical gown. Gowns may be purchased from the Porters' Lodge. Please telephone the Porters' Lodge in advance on 01223 338200 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. The gown will be ready for collection on your arrival. You must have acquired a gown before lunchtime on Monday as you will need it for the photograph and admission ceremony.
1.30 p.m. in the Peterhouse Theatre. Listen to talks by the Head Porter, representatives from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, St John’s Ambulance and Cambridgeshire Police. Then proceed directly to Old Court for the Group Photograph.
2.30 p.m. Appear in the College Group Photograph on Old Court Lawn.
3.00 p.m. Be Admitted to the College in the Combination Room.
You should also
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.
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 3 October. The venue for the reception, at 7.30pm, is the Combination Room. Dinner will be served in Hall at 8.00pm. Business attire and gown required.
You should email email@example.com as soon as possible and before 2 October, if you find you cannot attend the Dinner.