Students moving in to St Peter's Terrace

When to arrive and what to do

  • Arrival

    Full Term begins on Tuesday, 2nd October. However new undergraduates MUST be in residence by 6 p.m. on Sunday, 30th September. You may arrive on Saturday 29th September 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 not earlier than the 22nd September) but must first seek permission from the Senior Tutor and Rooms Coordinator. There will be some induction and orientation events for new students but these will largely not take place before the middle of the week.

    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'.

    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.

    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. 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. 

  • Matriculation

    On Monday 1st October you will be expected to do the following:

    • 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.

    • 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 Matriculation and the photo after lunch. 

    • See your Tutor at the time posted on the Tutorial Notice Board at the bottom of F staircase, in Old Court, by the door to the Servery.   
    • See the Welfare Co-ordinator / Assistant Chaplain at the time posted on the Tutorial 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 the Welfare Co-ordinator / Assistant Chaplain​ so you MUST look on the Tutorial Notice Board to find your time.  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 Manager 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 email about an appointment with your Director of Studies, you should call on the Tutorial Office Manager in the Tutorial Office. You should also make contact with the Tutorial Office Manager, or 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; it is next door to the Porters' Lodge.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Appear in the College Group Photograph. 
    • Be admitted to the College. 
  • Matriculation Dinner

    This is a special dinner held on Tuesday 2nd October at which the new undergraduates are the guests and which you are expected to attend. 

    You will have received a printed invitation card in your welcome pack. Please indicate on the pre-arrival questionnaire whether you will attend. 

    If you have special dietary requirements, please include this information on the webform.