Peterhouse

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Year founded[❔] 1284
Mature (21+)[❔]
Women only
Postgraduate only
Accepts part-time students
Oxford sister college[❔] Merton College and St Hilda's College
Gold/Platinum Green Impact Award 2018[❔]
College website click here

User reviews
  • 15
    Daily formals
  • 13
    Rich
  • 4
    has the oldest secular building in europe still being used for its original purpose
  • 2
    Some of the most generous prizes for getting a first
  • 2
    Very small community so you get to know everyone well
  • 2
    Close to a lot of things - sidgwick, downing site, sports centre, regents street (restaurants)
  • 1
    Room points
  • 1
    On site accommodation for whole degree
  • 1
    lovely grounds, including large deer park (just a big green space, no actual deer)
  • 1
    Small and Intimate - family-like friendly atmosphere
  • 1
    Really reasonable room prices
  • 1
    Quite central, but also not as many tourists because it's 5 mins away from the centre
  • 0
    Room points?

  • 9
    Not any more
  • 4
    [Reportedly no longer the case] frying pans may be confiscated
  • 4
    terrible cooking facilities for at least first year (no hobs, just microwaves)
  • 3
    Few en suite rooms
  • 2
    Not as many societies to get involved in (a little clique ish)
  • 2
    College can be quite conservative (staff and students)
  • 2
    Food is quite bad, especially for vegetarians
  • 2
    one of the least international colleges in cambridge (very few international undergraduates); probably unintentional but British/ EU students do not go out of their way to befriend internationals
  • 1
    Room points
  • 1
    small college - groups form quickly, difficult to make friends
  • 0
    bad rep for housing weirdos/adonians
  • 0
    College grounds are a little smaller compared to other colleges (overall size must be bigger but much of it is the deer park)
  • 0
    15-20 minutes walk to Sainsburys (not too bad but other colleges are closer)

  • 1
    would allow frying pans! [Reportedly are now allowed]
  • 0
    frying pans are now allowed! [Reportedly are now allowed]
  • 0
    Would make the rooms nicer (fresh paint, less mould in bathrooms etc.) College are in process of doing this but slow going so can be unlucky with rooms. All curtains are revolting.
  • 0
    More societies and clubs

UG - usual # years on-site room provided[❔] 2
UG - usual # years room provided[❔] 4
PG - usual # years on-site room provided[❔] 0
PG - usual # years room provided[❔] 4
Couples rooms ✔️
Family rooms ✔️
Ballot system[❔] ✔️
% full-time PG in college room (~)[❔] 65
PG single room min. (~£/wk) 58
PG single room max. (~ £/wk) 127
Deadline to have met conditions to be eligible for college accommodation 31st of July
Kitchen fixed charge [❔] ✔️
UG accommodation website click here
PG accommodation website click here

User ratings
On-site room quality: Avg: 4.8/5
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On-site room value for money: Avg: 5/5
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Off-site room quality: Avg: 4/5
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Off-site room value for money: Avg: 4.7/5
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  • 1
    Most of the en-suite rooms have ample storage space and wonderful views!
  • 0
    Variable quality, some are in desperate need of renovation, others have been done up very recently and are lovely.

  • 0
    Often houses on Fitz Street or Parkside are very grotty and it can be hard to get repairs done, especially to be done properly (often end up with a bodge job that hasn't actually solved the real problem).

24/7 library
College cafe
Anglican chapel ✔️
Interdenominational chapel
Discounted punting[❔]
Free punting[❔] ✔️
Radio station
Garden plot
Bicycle scheme
Art room
Gym (weights) ✔️
Cinema
Badminton court
Basketball court
Dance studio
Eton Fives court
Netball court
Squash court ✔️
Swimming pool
Tennis court ✔️
Rugby field ✔️
Lacrosse field
Hockey pitch
Cricket pitch ✔️
Volleyball court
Football pitch ✔️
Brunch Saturday ✔️
Brunch Sunday
Daily vegan option ✔️

User ratings
Value for money: Avg: 3.3/5
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Quality of food: Avg: 3/5
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User reviews
  • 2
    The cafeteria food is quite bad - I've avoided it during most of my three years (including first year when I preferred to cook using the microwave than eat in the cafeteria) - but there are certain crowd favourites that everyone rushes to hall for (chicken kiev, mozzarella sticks, brunch food) and you get a potato dish every single day (lattice fries, spiral fries, mashed potato, chips, etc.)
  • 1
    Peterhouse catering is the definition of trying to run before yo ucan walk. Please just serve me bangers and mash which I will enjoy rather than making a veloute of celeriac served confusingly with nachos :( Stopped eating there by my third year except for free formals with choir

Acapella
Africa
Altruism
Anglo-Japanese
Anthropology
Apotheosis
Archeology
Art ✔️
Baking ✔️
Ballroom dancing
Bachata
Bee keeping
Board Games ✔️
Book Club
Botanical ✔️
Caledonian
Card games ✔️
Casino
Charity
Chess ✔️
Chinese Culture
Choir ✔️
Christian Union ✔️
Classics
College Brass Band
Comedy
Computer science
Consulting
Contemporary dance
Current affairs
Debate
Drama ✔️
Economics
Engineering
English
Entrepreneurship
Families Club
Feminist ✔️
Film
Finance
Food ✔️
French
Gardening club
Gender equality
Geographical
History ✔️
Humanities ✔️
Investment
Irish
Islamic
Jewish
Land economy
Languages
Law ✔️
Lawn Games
Literary
Lockpicking
Maths
Medical
Mindfulness
Music ✔️
Musical ✔️
Orchestra ✔️
Oriental
PhD
Philosophy
Photography
Pilates
Poetry
Poker
Politics ✔️
Quiz ✔️
Role playing games
Russian
Salsa
Science ✔️
Serbian
Sign language
Smoothie
Social science
Speakers
Steel pan band
Student publication ✔️
Swiss
Tango
Tea
Theology
Ukelele band
Veterinary
Video games
Wine ✔️
Yoga ✔️
Zouk
Zumba
Aerobics
Athletics ✔️
Badminton ✔️
Basketball ✔️
Climbing
Cricket ✔️
Croquet
Cycling
Football (mens) ✔️
Football (womens) ✔️
Golf
Hockey ✔️
Kayaking
Lacrosse ✔️
Netball ✔️
Netball (womens) ✔️
Ninjitsu
Pole
Pool ✔️
Rounders
Rugby (mens) ✔️
Rugby
Rugby (womens)
Running ✔️
Sailing ✔️
Shooting ✔️
Ski
Squash ✔️
Swimming
Table football
Table tennis ✔️
Tennis ✔️
Tiddlywinks ✔️
Ultimate Frisbee ✔️
Volleyball
Waterpolo
Windsurfing
% 1st Class degree achieved (~)[❔] 30
JCR/MCR split[❔] ✔️
Student trustee[❔]
UG student website click here
PG student website click here
Free formals ✔️
Free formals per year 3
Free formal for guest
Private dining discount
Free formal for guest per year 0
Free parking
Use of squash and tennis facilities
Free sports facilities
Right to step on grass
Gym membership discount
Punt booking
Corporate event discount
Wedding discount
Accommodation discount available ✔️
May Ball frequency (years)[❔] 2
June Event frequency (years)[❔] 0
Winter Ball frequency (years)[❔] 0
Spring ball frequency (years)[❔] 0
Other ball frequency (years)[❔] 0
Entrepreneurship competitions[❔]

User ratings
May/Spring/Winter/other ball rating: Avg: 3.8/5
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User reviews
  • 0
    absolutely stunning may ball. can't wait to go again for my final year. what an amazing way to end my time in Cambridge.
  • 0
    amazing may ball. unlimited drinks and food the entire evening and great ents. committee did a great job and can't wait till 2021
  • 0
    What an orgiastic soirée! Everyone looked so swish in white tie, the Ceilidh was brilliant and more alcohol and food than anyone could want.
  • 0
    nearly vomited at the price of the may ball and then got blackout drunk at it but it was presumably a good time


# full-time Bachelor's (~) 260
% full-time Bachelor's (~) 60
# full-time Master's (~) 50
% full-time Master's (~) 10
# full-time PhD (~) 120
% full-time PhD (~) 30
Total # full-time students (~) 420
% full-time UK (~) 60
% full-time EU (non-UK) (~) 20
% full-time non-EU (~) 20
% full-time female (~) 40
% full-time Male (~) 60
# part-time Master's (~) 0
# part-time PhDs (~) 0
Total # part-time students (~) 0
Total # students (~) 420
% Arts and Humanities students (~) 45
% STEMM students (~)[❔] 55
High-table[❔] ✔️
Gowns required[❔] ✔️

User ratings
Formal food quality: Avg: 3.3/5
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Value for money: Avg: 4.6/5
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User reviews
  • 1
    Very beautiful candle-lit hall (completed in 1290) but food doesn't live up to the setting
  • 0
    Food is horrific but cheap most days however the Sunday roast is always good provided you are not a vegetarian in which case sorry.


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Net assets (est.) 323.0 million
Net assets/student (~£/student) 766,000
Scholarships and awards (~£/student ) 2,100