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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".Despite being one of the smallest colleges, it has one of the highest overall endowments, more than £250 million, including property in central London such as the Albany apartment complex in Piccadilly. Peterhouse is one of the most traditional colleges of Cambridge. It is one of the few 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 and 12th in 2014 (out of 29 colleges). In 2011, Peterhouse ranked first among all Oxbridge colleges for the proportion of matriculants arriving from state schools, at 74%.Alumni include scientific Nobel laureates Sir John Kendrew, Sir Aaron Klug, Archer Martin, Max Perutz, and Michael Levitt.
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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 »
  • This college was founded in 1284 and is the oldest in Cambridge. I attend a course here every year and it is one that I enjoy most. It is a small college by student numbers and has a small intimate fa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Oldest Cambridge college. Lovely picturesque gardens stretching behind the nearby Fitzwilliam Museum.
  • Nice place
  • The oldest of the colleges.
  • Excellent food, wonderful atmosphere, superb restaurant

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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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