Before you arrive
Policies and documents to read
If you are eligible for and apply to the Student Loans Company (SLC) for a Student Loan, tuition fee loan instalments will be paid directly to the College upon attendance confirmation. Any maintenance loan instalments due to you will be paid directly into your bank or building society account, normally in October, January and April. Please bring your Payment Schedule and Financial Notification Letters to Cambridge with you and keep them safe. You will need to present these at the Accounts Office to release your loan payments.
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Online Registration & University Computing Accounts
Each year, all students (including those starting a new course or continuing an existing course or those waiting for their results) must complete the University’s annual student registration exercise. The CamSIS Student Registration window opens Mid August and completing the exercise should only take a few minutes. The registration window closes on 1st October. This process is managed by Student Registry, not the College so please do not contact Peterhouse about this unless you have not heard anything by late September.
In addition to the CamSIS Student Registration, you will also need to register for your University email and computing accounts before you arrive. Details can be found on our Computer Office page and in the booklet sent by post with your confirmation pack.
What to Bring
You will need to bring some possesions (clothes, bedding*, stationery etc.) and most students also like to make their College room welcoming - please read the Student Handbook for detail on what decoration is acceptable. Please do not bring unnecessary items: you will be here for about 8 weeks each term and will be expected to remove your possessions and to leave no later than the last day of University Term (i.e. 19th December [except in your first year when you must leave on 1st December], 25th March, 25th June). The College does not have space to store students' property.
*Linen packs can be arranged at a cost of £20 via prior order; these include a pillow, duvet, fitted sheet, and block colour pillowcase and duvet cover. Please order a week (at the latest) before the start of the licence via Housekeeper email@example.com
Bicycles: You may find a bicycle useful in Cambridge; many undergraduates have a bicycle here and the College provides space to store bikes. Cycling can be hazardous in Cambridge so please cycle safely, wear a helmet and use lights after dark. If you haven't been on the roads in the UK before, you may want to familiarise youself with the Highway Code, particularly those parts relevant to cyclists.
Cars: Cars may not be kept in Cambridge without special permission from both the Senior Tutor and the University authorities. Permission is not normally granted to undergraduates in their first year.
There are many shops in the centre of Cambridge and whilst you may not be able to find essential items on arrival day (hundreds of students will all have forgotten to pack toothpaste!) you can buy a lot of what you need once you're here if you need to travel light. This is certainly true if you think you need a bike. Cambridge also has a bike-sharing scheme (Mobike) and you may find this more convenient if you only need to cycle occasionally. Remember that life-altering head injuries can results from minor falls at low speed - buy and wear a helmet.
During your time in Cambridge you will find that you are often required to wear an Academic Gown. The frequency of needing to do this makes it necessary to own your own.
Gowns are worn at Matriculation, which is your formal induction into the University, at Graduation, and for formal photographs associated with these events. You will require a gown on any night during Term that you choose to dine at Formal Hall, and at formal College dinners. A gown is also required at some Colleges if you dine as a guest either as an individual or with a Club or Society. Gowns are worn in College Chapel.
Academic dress must be worn when attending University ceremonies at the Senate House or University Church and other occasions as directed by the Vice-Chancellor.
Wearing of a gown is also mandatory at College and University official proceedings, and during disciplinary procedures.
Gowns may be purchased from the Porter's Lodge. Please telephone the Porter's 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.
£48.00 new gown
£32.00 secondhand gown
Academic reading lists
Most subjects will not set any pre-reading. If there is something that your Director of Studies or Department wants you to do then it will be sent, you do not need to chase us to check. Each College does things differently - historians at one college may be sent a reading list but those at another may not, so do not worry if someone you know has received one but you have not, or vice versa. You may be added to Moodle before your arrival so that you can access preparatory material. This may be done either with your Cambridge email address (so make sure you follow the steps to register) or with the email address you provided on your application (so make sure this is kept up-to-date and isn't an expired school address).