Peterhouse Cambridge, Cambridge

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Peterhouse is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England. It is the oldest college of the university, having been founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, and granted its charter by King Edward I. Today, Peterhouse has 226 undergraduates, 86 full-time graduate students and 45 fellows. The modern name of Peterhouse does not include the word "college".Peterhouse is one of the wealthiest colleges in Cambridge, with assets exceeding £250 million, including property in central London such as the Albany apartment complex in Piccadilly. Peterhouse is one of the few colleges that still seeks to insist that its members attend communal dinners, known as "Hall". Hall takes place in two sittings, with the second known as "Formal Hall", which consists of a three-course candlelit meal and which must be attended wearing gowns. At Formal Hall, the students rise as the fellows proceed in, a gong is rung, and two Latin graces are read.Academic performance tends to vary from year to year due to its very small student population; for example, Peterhouse came 25th in the Tompkins Table in 2007 but 7th in 2010, 12th in 2014 and 6th in 2015 (out of 29 colleges).The college has five Nobel laureates associated with it, either as former students or fellows: Sir John Kendrew, Sir Aaron Klug, Archer Martin, Max Perutz, and Michael Levitt.
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  • It's free to enter some Cambridge colleges like this one, the garden and the courtyard is beautiful, so why not?
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  • As Cambridge's oldest college (founded in 1281), Peterhouse offers a stunning example of hall-building from 1291. The hall, lovingly and jokingly touted as "the oldest secular building in Europe still...  more »
  • My wife went into the Porter's Lodge and asked permission for us to walk into the college court. He gave it, and we were enchanted with the blooming flowers and took a lot of pictures. Despite what th...  more »
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  • Lovely College. Free to wander around.
  • A beautiful place to see for free in Cambridge.
  • Neat little place tucked away next to the Fitzwilliam. All in all I'd recommend Oxford or Bristol if you want to spend a full three years but you cant really go wrong with this or the Doubletree Hilton next door.
  • The oldest college
  • Oldest Cambridge college. Lovely picturesque gardens stretching behind the nearby Fitzwilliam Museum.

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With over 150 hotels, B&Bs, inns, and self-catering facilities, Cambridge offers a wealth of lodging options for every taste and budget. While visiting this heritage-rich city, you can even enjoy the university experience by staying in a college room. These centrally located B&B rooms offer an inexpensive and convenient alternative to staying in the city's hotels. You can retrace the footsteps of the university's famous graduates, grab a meal in the college hall, get lost in the campus and hidden courtyards, and end the day with a drink in the college bar.
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