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Peterhouse, Cambridge

Peterhouse, Cambridge was founded in 1284. It teaches in the region of 226 undergraduate students and 88 graduates. The college is ranked in position 12 of 29 in the Tompkins Table of academic results for the year 2014 (where 1 is the top possible score). It is located around 0.51 km from the centre of town.

Courses offered [ + ] Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic | Archaeology & Anthropology | Architecture | Asian and Middle Eastern Studies | Chemical Engineering | Classics | Computer Science | Economics | Engineering | English | History | History of Art | Law | Linguistics | Management Studies | Manufacturing Engineering | Mathematics | Medicine | Medicine Graduate Course | Modern & Medieval Languages | Music | Natural Sciences | Philosophy | Theology & Religious Studies | (additional courses are often available to post-graduate students and many colleges offer complex arrangements of modern languages - please see our courses page for details )

College Scorecard (averages out of five calculated from 8 impressions)
Study (3), Music (3), Sport (3), Smugness (3), Artiness (3) Facilities (3), Accommodation (4) | locate on map

Peterhouse may Cambridge's smallest college but in my opinion its the most friendliest! From the lovely porters to the nice staff, peterhouse is the friendly college you've been looking for. Located close to the sidgewick site, other colleges, several churches, fitzbillies cafe, clubs, bar, eateries, banks, retail shops, buses, coaches and the train station you'll never be stuck for things to do!

Study (5), Artiness (3), Sport (4), Music (4), Facilities (5), Accommodation (5), Smugness (2)

Review by Tolz - Current undergrad matric 2008 (July 20, 2009) - add your impression

Study (5), Artiness (3), Sport (4), Music (2), Facilities (3), Accommodation (5), Smugness (2)

Review by Undisclosed - engineer student (July 20, 2009) - add your impression

Study (4), Artiness (4), Sport (5), Music (5), Facilities (3), Accommodation (5), Smugness (2)

Review by Undisclosed - Undergraduate (current) (August 16, 2009) - add your impression

P'house's reputation alone is gold dust : comically small, ridiculously old, quite shockingly wealthy, and horrendously conservative. Oh, and queer as anything. Of course this is isn't strictly true, but as prejudices go it's a great image, n'est ce pas? Take it or leave it as you will. Peterhouse does the most interesting things very well indeed : Petreans drink well, feast well, and are adept at passing out in some very interesting places. We also have the best May Ball of all. Fact. For churchers and music lovers, we have a superb choir and one of the most atmospheric High Church chapels in the 'Bridge, as well as being right next to a lovely Anglo-Catholic place if that's more to your taste (there's a URC as well, but we don't mention that...) For the unfortunate yet ineluctable study, the Ward library is typically Petrean : small, yet perfectly formed, with lovely working conditions. For sporties and non-sporties alike, support for the PBC (the boat club) is mandatory and rewarding, given that we were the best club on the river in Lent Bumps. Bragging rights available on application. We have a right to be smug. Come be smug with us :)

Study (2), Artiness (3), Sport (5), Music (5), Facilities (5), Accommodation (5), Smugness (5)

Review by Topsy - Junior Member (July 20, 2009) - add your impression

Great but not without its drawbacks: the food is inferior to Pembroke; students rarely get access to the fantastic wine hidden in the 4th? largest wine cellar in Britain; fellows are nice, but as of 2009 not more distinguished than those in other colleges; college bar decent but not remarkable. Plus points: generous travel grants, daily formals, free pool table. Minus: food, ridiculous room ballot system based on participation points, grimy JCR, no skysports, gym is a bit of a joke

Study (2), Artiness (3), Sport (1), Music (3), Facilities (2), Accommodation (3), Smugness (4)

Review by Undisclosed - former student (July 20, 2009) - add your impression

Study (2), Artiness (1), Sport (1), Music (5), Facilities (5), Accommodation (5), Smugness (5)

Review by Undisclosed - Undisclosed (July 21, 2009) - add your impression

Peterhouse offers a welcoming and supporting environment at all levels - the students, Fellows and staff are all really friendly.

On most objective measures, Peterhouse measures up fairly well. Our accommodation is all central and reasonably priced, ranging from 55 to 130 per week (and you only pay 30 weeks per year). Freshers are always housed together, helping people to make friends, and nobody need live more than a minute from college; but if you want to, the option to live further out is there. From seeing rooms at other colleges and hearing what they pay, I would say our room rents are very reasonable.

The Library is amazing - enormous, very well-stocked, and a pleasant place to work in. The librarian is always happy to buy new books in. There are six computers in the library, as well as 3 PCs and 2 Macs in the separate computer room.

Extra curricular activities are good, and range from sports teams (from sailing to football) to creative writing groups and the Bad Film Society - an excuse to eat free popcorn and sit in front of the common room 60-inch screen for a few hours. The common room also features a free pool table. Drama and music are particularly strong; the drama society puts on a play per term, there is a comedy society that puts on stand up nights, and there are several music societies including the choir that give various performances.

The college shares a sports ground and boathouse, both of which are well-equipped. We are not really a sporting powerhouse, though; with the exceptions of pool and rowing, where achievement is pretty high, emphasis is more on enthusiasm and willingness to turn up on match day than skill and training.

Grants seem particularly generous here. There are travel grants for people who need/choose to travel to study over the holidays, grants for travel that has nothing to do with your degree, book grants, very generous prizes for good exam results, and extensive hardship funds.

Food is probably the weak point. It is not terrible by any means, and at around 3.50-4 for a main plus side and veg, it is quite reasonable. However, other colleges do seem to provide the same level of food for less, or a better standard for the same price. This may be a case of the grass being greener on the other side, but there you go.

College choice is always a matter of personal preference, and this is very true at Peterhouse. Our small size - we have about 80 undergrads per year - means that people get to know each other quickly, and there are few cliques. Generally, everyone knows everyone, and it is very likely you will know more people here than at larger colleges. Equally, that level of familiarity is not for everyone.

Peterhouse is committed to its outreach events - it had the highest state school intake of any college this year, and generally offers an inclusive and supportive environment. The college wants everybody to do their best, and it recognises that achievement comes in both academic and non-academic varieties.

I have found Peterhouse an excellent place to live and study, but there is no objectively best college, and everybody suits a different environment. If you think Peterhouse might be for you, I would really recommend visiting to get an idea of the place yourself.

Study (3), Artiness (3), Sport (3), Music (5), Facilities (5), Accommodation (5), Smugness (1)

Review by Undisclosed - Current Student (May 19, 2013) - add your impression

Peterhouse is one of those institutions that shouldn't still exist but somehow does. It is eccentric in the literal sense of being out of the centre of town, certainly out the political centre (towards the right) and many people there are slightly odd I think! Owing to its small size there is an intimate relationship between fellows and students which few colleges can boast. Everyone knows it is highly traditional, but some of its most obscure traditions are hidden from outsiders. It seems quite male and public school but they don't get a lot of other applicants as I see it

Study (2), Artiness (1), Sport (2), Music (2), Facilities (4), Accommodation (5), Smugness (5)

Review by Undisclosed - student (November 27, 2013) - add your impression