Student Life & Accommodation


Peterhouse is the oldest college in Cambridge, founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely. Its historic surroundings and intellectual heritage welcome The Cambridge Prep Experience.

The dining hall dates from 1286 and boasts the distinction of being the oldest space in the University to have remained in continual use — over 700 years. The college gardens also feature an extensive former deer park. Over the course of its long history, Peterhouse has produced scores of illustrious graduates and fellows, including Charles Babbage, Lord Kelvin, four Nobel laureates, the actor David Mitchell, and the director Sam Mendes.



STAFF AND SUPERVISION. All our programs have central offices open daily from 8 AM until past midnight where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock. In addition, the college gates are manned by a staff of College Porters who are on duty 24 hours a day and always available in case of emergency.

ACCOMMODATION. Our students and faculty live in the same rooms and in the same style as undergraduate students. While historic buildings bring ambiance and tradition, they may also mean adapting to a different style of living. Each student resides in a single or double room on a traditional 'staircase.' Private bathroom or 'en-suite facilities' can be requested for a fee on the application form on a first come, first serve basis. Standard rooms share a common bathroom and most college facilities have been recently updated to include several modern shower rooms per floor. Each room is furnished with a bed with linens, a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair. Every day a college employee, called a 'bedder' in Cambridge, tidies the student's room and makes the bed.

MEALS. Students enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast and dinner in a college dining hall. Breakfast is primarily 'continental style' with choices such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. Once a week students can sign up for a hot English cooked breakfast. Several options are available at dinner, including a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. Throughout the month special dinners are held, including barbeques and a curry tasting, and each program ends with a formal banquet. Students are responsible for their own lunches. These can be purchased at a college snack bar or at any of the many sandwich shops, small restaurants, and coffeehouses near each college.

COLLEGE FACILITIES. Beyond the classrooms and dining hall, students have the use of a Common Room for socializing and watching television or films. There are nearby public telephones and onsite message boards and students collect their mail daily from the Program Office.