Peterhouse -The real deal? Watch

This discussion is closed.
Lola14
Badges: 0
#1
Report Thread starter 16 years ago
#1
I'd be quite interested to know what the real deal with Peterhouse is. Here are some questions I have and I'd like to hear the truth about the college rather than the myths.

1)One hears of its tag as the 'gay college' but is it in reality more than anywhere else at Cambridge?
2)It comes towards the bottom of the Tomkins table but is that really an issue when it comes to its reputation?
3)Do people automatically assume that if you are at Peterhouse then you must have been pooled there like they often do with the girls' colleges?
4) How rich is the college?
5) Does it excell at anything ie like Catz is the best sports college etc?
6) Is it snobby or excessively right-wing. By excessively I mean the breeding ground for the Young Conservatives
7) What is the accomodation like?
8) Is it a party college?

Thanks!!
0
Ralfskini
Badges: 10
Rep:
?
#2
Report 16 years ago
#2
(Original post by Lola14)
I'd be quite interested to know what the real deal with Peterhouse is. Here are some questions I have and I'd like to hear the truth about the college rather than the myths.

1)One hears of its tag as the 'gay college' but is it in reality more than anywhere else at Cambridge?
2)It comes towards the bottom of the Tomkins table but is that really an issue when it comes to its reputation?
3)Do people automatically assume that if you are at Peterhouse then you must have been pooled there like they often do with the girls' colleges?
4) How rich is the college?
5) Does it excell at anything ie like Catz is the best sports college etc?
6) Is it snobby or excessively right-wing. By excessively I mean the breeding ground for the Young Conservatives
7) What is the accomodation like?
8) Is it a party college?

Thanks!!

I think it is fairly rich and the accomodation is some of the best in cambridge.
0
Helenia
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#3
Report 16 years ago
#3
1)One hears of its tag as the 'gay college' but is it in reality more than anywhere else at Cambridge? Not really sure - apparently the first Fresher couple to materialise was gay, but I don't think there's necessarily a higher proportion of gay people than anywhere else. It's rumours about the fellows mainly...
2)It comes towards the bottom of the Tomkins table but is that really an issue when it comes to its reputation? If you want a college that's academically fantastic, then it's not the one, but nobody automatically looks down on it for that, whereas they do for e.g. Christ's (where we all know they're all workaholics :rolleyes: )
3)Do people automatically assume that if you are at Peterhouse then you must have been pooled there like they often do with the girls' colleges? No
4) How rich is the college? Not sure; it's a lot smaller than any of the others but I don't think it's cripplingly in debt or anything
5) Does it excell at anything ie like Catz is the best sports college etc? Not that I'm aware of. And I think John's would have something to say about Catz being best at sport
6) Is it snobby or excessively right-wing. By excessively I mean the breeding ground for the Young Conservatives The people I know there aren't snobby at all. Apparently there are quite a lot of rather right wing senior fellows, and there could be in the students as well, but the medics I know (and random others I've met) seem normal enough
7) What is the accomodation like? No idea - haven't actually been there, but I haven't heard too many huge complaints
8) Is it a party college? Ummm, from what I gather, not really. The bar was apparently pretty dead at the start of the year, but one of my friends organised a "first year social committee" or something like that, to make the Freshers come out of their rooms and do something. It think that livened it up a bit, and they certainly sound like they have fun, but that may be somewhat patchy

Note, I'm not at Peterhouse, I haven't actually been there (although I'm hopefully going to formal next week), I'm just friends with their medics, and we do practicals together and talk lots. So all this is 2nd hand information and isn't guaranteed to be true. However, the people I know there seem happy enough, are hungover a lot of the time and are generally alright people. I'm happy at Clare, but I'm sure I wouldn't kill myself if I was there.
0
musicbloke
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#4
Report 16 years ago
#4
(Original post by Lola14)
I'd be quite interested to know what the real deal with Peterhouse is. Here are some questions I have and I'd like to hear the truth about the college rather than the myths.

8) Is it a party college?

Thanks!!
If by party you mean being gang-raped by a load of old tories, then yes
0
Jamie
Badges: 18
#5
Report 16 years ago
#5
(Original post by Helenia)
1)One hears of its tag as the 'gay college' but is it in reality more than anywhere else at Cambridge? Not really sure - apparently the first Fresher couple to materialise was gay, but I don't think there's necessarily a higher proportion of gay people than anywhere else. It's rumours about the fellows mainly...
2)It comes towards the bottom of the Tomkins table but is that really an issue when it comes to its reputation? If you want a college that's academically fantastic, then it's not the one, but nobody automatically looks down on it for that, whereas they do for e.g. Christ's (where we all know they're all workaholics :rolleyes: )
3)Do people automatically assume that if you are at Peterhouse then you must have been pooled there like they often do with the girls' colleges? No
4) How rich is the college? Not sure; it's a lot smaller than any of the others but I don't think it's cripplingly in debt or anything
5) Does it excell at anything ie like Catz is the best sports college etc? Not that I'm aware of. And I think John's would have something to say about Catz being best at sport
6) Is it snobby or excessively right-wing. By excessively I mean the breeding ground for the Young Conservatives The people I know there aren't snobby at all. Apparently there are quite a lot of rather right wing senior fellows, and there could be in the students as well, but the medics I know (and random others I've met) seem normal enough
7) What is the accomodation like? No idea - haven't actually been there, but I haven't heard too many huge complaints
8) Is it a party college? Ummm, from what I gather, not really. The bar was apparently pretty dead at the start of the year, but one of my friends organised a "first year social committee" or something like that, to make the Freshers come out of their rooms and do something. It think that livened it up a bit, and they certainly sound like they have fun, but that may be somewhat patchy

Note, I'm not at Peterhouse, I haven't actually been there (although I'm hopefully going to formal next week), I'm just friends with their medics, and we do practicals together and talk lots. So all this is 2nd hand information and isn't guaranteed to be true. However, the people I know there seem happy enough, are hungover a lot of the time and are generally alright people. I'm happy at Clare, but I'm sure I wouldn't kill myself if I was there.
1) Its called the gay college because alot of the fellows are gay (fact) and i think there are quite a few people who famously came out there. As for now I'm none to sure.

5) Catz is certainly the best college for sport. LLet's face it, as far as Johns goes the onus is on throwing enough people at a sport to try and win. And failing. Peterhouse is piss poor at sport. They have to share some sports with Corpus, (hockey for example) but now we've had a few years with lots of girls, we've been able to stand on our own in womens sports. Thus there womens sports are worst in university, and they suck ass at mens too [excuse the gay pun]
J
0
aliel
Badges: 1
Rep:
?
#6
Report 16 years ago
#6
Peterhouse is supposed to be strong at History, one of the few that require prospective historians to sit an exam.
0
Helenia
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#7
Report 16 years ago
#7
(Original post by foolfarian)
1) Its called the gay college because alot of the fellows are gay (fact) and i think there are quite a few people who famously came out there. As for now I'm none to sure.
Yeah, apparently there's some club called the Adonians (sp?) which the fellows invite certain male Freshers...I don't know how true all this is, but rumours abound there about it.

(Original post by foolfarian)
5) Catz is certainly the best college for sport. LLet's face it, as far as Johns goes the onus is on throwing enough people at a sport to try and win. And failing.
Probably true, but being from Clare (also crap at sport) I don't care about college sports that much. I know Peterhouse are crap too, but given their size, it's to be expected. Their choir are lame too, if that matters to anyone :rolleyes:
0
Alaric
Badges: 1
Rep:
?
#8
Report 16 years ago
#8
(Original post by Helenia)
Probably true, but being from Clare (also crap at sport) I don't care about college sports that much.
Bah, we're not crap at sport...
The Clare II open badminton team narrowly missed promotion last term... out of the bottom division. :rolleyes:

Ok, point taken, we're rubbish.

Alaric.
0
Radagasty
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#9
Report 16 years ago
#9
(Original post by Lola14)
I'd be quite interested to know what the real deal with Peterhouse is. Here are some questions I have and I'd like to hear the truth about the college rather than the myths.
When I asked by undergrad thesis supervisor for advice about college selection (he was at Emma himself), his one-word summary of Peterhouse was 'creepy, especially at nights' (I know this is four words). It probably wasn't a particularly considered opinion, but it bears repeating, I suppose.
0
Suzy_vet
Badges: 0
#10
Report 16 years ago
#10
My friends dad went there, its very public school

The gay/conservative thing? well, michael portillo went there didnt he.

0
Saxman
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#11
Report 16 years ago
#11
Has anyone read Porterhouse blue or any of the other Thomas Sharpe books? Apparantely Porterhouse is meant to be based on Peterhouse.
0
Lola14
Badges: 0
#12
Report Thread starter 16 years ago
#12
(Original post by Radagasty)
When I asked by undergrad thesis supervisor for advice about college selection (he was at Emma himself), his one-word summary of Peterhouse was 'creepy, especially at nights' (I know this is four words). It probably wasn't a particularly considered opinion, but it bears repeating, I suppose.
That sounds rather terrifying. Is it 'creepy' because of the age of the college or as an earlier poster put it the 'being gangraped by a bunch of old tories' aspect of it. Anyway I'm a girl so thankfully that probably wont apply to me. You people have really put me off going to Peterhouse. Thanks a bunch! :rolleyes: I wonder if the public school aspect of it is unpleasant. I am at public school but not an old traditional one
0
Helenia
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#13
Report 16 years ago
#13
(Original post by Saxman)
Has anyone read Porterhouse blue or any of the other Thomas Sharpe books? Apparantely Porterhouse is meant to be based on Peterhouse.
Apparently (don't quote me on this) people think it's Peterhouse cos of the obvious similarity in the names. However, Sharpe was actually at Pembroke, so it's likely that's the main basis of it.

Lola, Peterhouse's gay reputation is worse than the reality. If you like the place, go there.
0
fishpaste
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#14
Report 16 years ago
#14
Tutors invite certain male freshers around :| oh my :|
0
Tek
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#15
Report 16 years ago
#15
Peterhouse is the best bloody college there, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!!
0
Helenia
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#16
Report 16 years ago
#16
(Original post by Tek)
Peterhouse is the best bloody college there, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!!
Except Clare

You going to Peterhouse by any chance Tek? :rolleyes:
0
Jamie
Badges: 18
#17
Report 16 years ago
#17
(Original post by Helenia)
Apparently (don't quote me on this) people think it's Peterhouse cos of the obvious similarity in the names. However, Sharpe was actually at Pembroke, so it's likely that's the main basis of it.

Lola, Peterhouse's gay reputation is worse than the reality. If you like the place, go there.
heres knowledge for you - porterhouse blue was written by the Corpus Head porter.
hehe
J
0
Helenia
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#18
Report 16 years ago
#18
(Original post by foolfarian)
heres knowledge for you - porterhouse blue was written by the Corpus Head porter.
hehe
J
The plot thickens....

Is that who Tom Sharpe actually was, or is it his ghostwriter, or is it just a Corpus rumour?

Why is it that whatever I say, you're always there to tell me I'm wrong, J?
0
Radagasty
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#19
Report 16 years ago
#19
(Original post by Lola14)
That sounds rather terrifying. Is it 'creepy' because of the age of the college or as an earlier poster put it the 'being gangraped by a bunch of old tories' aspect of it. Anyway I'm a girl so thankfully that probably wont apply to me. You people have really put me off going to Peterhouse. Thanks a bunch! :rolleyes:
I don't think you should fret too much about the 'creepy' thing. He was going through a whole bunch of colleges, telling me what he felt about each one. I don't think it was a particularly considered opinion. I feel sorry I told you, now.

Anyway... he was at Emma, so it was from an outsider's point of view that Peterhouse was creepy. He said he always felt creeped out whenever he visited, especially at night. From that, I conclude it is the age and architecture of the college that makes it creepy. Perhaps familiarity will make it less 'creepy'. After all, familiarity breeds contempt. There seems to be persistent rumours about ghosts too.
0
Helenia
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#20
Report 16 years ago
#20
I have just been snowballing in their deer park. No sign of gay tories. But they wouldn't really be there, would they? They did ridicule my appalingly pathetic snowball aiming skills though.
0
X
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

People at uni: do initiations (like heavy drinking) put you off joining sports societies?

Yes (529)
66.71%
No (264)
33.29%

Watched Threads

View All