Peterhouse has fantastic accommodation – it’s one of the college’s best features.
- Like most Cambridge colleges, Peterhouse will provide you with accommodation throughout your undergraduate degree, but it excels in that these rooms are either within the main college buildings or within a minute’s walk of it.
- Rent costs from below £1608 up to a rather eye-watering £5427 per year (2016/2017). There should be rooms to suit almost every price range and Peterhouse also offers several hardship funds if students genuinely cannot afford the rent. Peterhouse boasts some of the best value accommodation and also, at the top end, some of the most impressive rooms in Cambridge.
- Heating and unlimited internet (all rooms have a wired internet connection and almost all have WiFi) are included in the room rent; this is not the case in all colleges! Electricity is an extra ~£30-40 per term, and the kitchen fixed charge (see food and drink) is £170 per term. Laundry is £1.40, plus 20p per 8 minutes drying - about average!
- Bathroom facilities are good; en-suite rooms are available in all years and the number of people using each shared bathroom is never unmanageable. There are also shared kitchens (see the food and drink section)
- Some accommodation is very new (the Whittle Building opened in 2015) and college ensures that even the older rooms are refurbished and in good working order. An added perk of college owned accommodation is that lovely ‘bedders’ empty bins daily, clean kitchens and bathrooms around once a week and hoover fortnightly.
- You have to move your stuff out of your room each term, but Peterhouse offers free storage for international students, including people from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. You can also pay extra to stay over the holidays (this is usually reimbursed if you can come up with a good reason for being in Cambridge!)
- In first year, you will be assigned a room according to your chosen price band within a beautiful Regency terrace at the end of the Deer park that has high ceilings and generous floor space. A few first years live next-door in a 1970s building that looks a bit like a car-park but offers enormous, well-furnished en-suite rooms and lovely views over the Deer park. Because all first years are so close together it’s very easy to make friends. First year accommodation is definitely very sociable - house parties, pre-drinks, film sessions, and tea and cake gatherings all occur frequently.
- In later years, you choose a room in an order based upon a ballot which takes account of your year of study, academic achievements and extracurricular activities. The latter is unique to Peterhouse - and partly explains why despite being small our sports and societies are some of the most active! But all the rooms are nice- and there’s usually a mix of people who want large/en-suite rooms and those who want cheap ones- so even if you’re at the bottom of the ballot you’ll probably find something you like!
‘What I didn’t realise before coming to Peterhouse was that ALL the accommodation is located around the central hub of college (i.e. Old Court, the library, JCR and bar). This is in stark contrast to other colleges, where accommodation is scattered throughout the city. This enables Peterhouse students to feel like they are part of the college community for all three years, and this sense of ‘belonging’ is really quite special.’