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Trent has been Ontario's #1 undergraduate university 9 years in a row

(Maclean's Magazine University Rankings primarily undergraduate category)

"... an over-performer in academic research"

(Higher Education Strategy Associates)

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative.Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Popular among students is the unusually flexible learning environment at Trent where a single faculty of arts and science allows students to fully customize their degree in a way that truly reflects their goals and interests.

Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is more in demand than ever. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues.

Two Campuses: Peterborough and Durham

Trent University has two campuses, in Peterborough and the Durham region. The Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture on 1,450 acres in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University's newly renovated Durham campus delivers a distinct mix of programming in the GTA.

Symons Campus, Peterborough

Trent University's Symons Campus in Peterborough is an inspiring place to learn — set on the east and west banks of the Otonabee River, a stunning natural landscape provides an environment where you can grow, thrive, live and connect.

Here, you will find an impressive range of academically rigorous programs across the arts and sciences, as well as professional and specialty programs, with all the benefits of high-quality research facilities and exemplary teaching within a personal, close-knit community.

Minutes away from campus is a vibrant downtown, which is a premier destination for festivals, concerts and events, filled with a variety of shops and award-winning restaurants.

Trent University Durham

Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning more than four decades in the east GTA, Trent University Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous educational experience rooted in the social sciences, humanities and professional programs.

Full- and part-time studies in Business Administration, Social Work, Anthropology, English Literature, History, Psychology, Sociology and Communications & Critical Thinking provide the cornerstone of university learning on a human scale, with a fast-growing roster of certificate programs such as the Human Resources Postgraduate Certificate and elective courses in a broad range of disciplines. Students at Trent University Durham enthusiastically speak of the unparalleled sense of community on campus and the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant and dynamic student life experience.

Quickly becoming the campus of choice for top scholars looking for a truly personalized learning experience, Trent University Durham is conveniently located at the nexus of a transportation hub. Right next door to Highway 401, with municipal and GO Transit service, students have easy access to downtown Toronto in just 40 minutes. All Trent University Durham students, whether they study full or part-time, also receive membership to several City of Oshawa recreational facilities including state-of-the-art Civic Centre facilities on-site.

Areas of Expertise

Interdisciplinary studies in environmental and resource sciences, international studies, pre-med, Canadian studies, indigenous (native) studies, business administration, nursing, education, forensic science, and computing information systems.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Female only:Lowest: $5,846Highest: $9,167
Male only:Lowest: $5,846Highest: $9,167
Co-ed:1,221 bedsLowest: $5,846Highest: $9,167

Students should indicate their interest in all female or all male residence on the residence application form. Please also indicate preference for single or double rooms, or a college townhouse. Trent will accommodate these requests wherever possible. The number of beds may vary depending upon the number of requests to be accommodated. The majority of residence is co-ed.

Off Campus Housing

Housing is readily available within walking distance of downtown and close to bus routes. Average prices: room in house $300.00 per month and two bedroom apartment $625.00 per month (inclusive). Homestay is available to students for $125.00 per week including three meals per day. A one time $100.00 application fee is required. Please check the website for ad postings.

Incoming Students

Introductory Seminar Week: Four day fall orientation session prior to the first week of classes hosts social activities to meet new students, as well as academic workshops to facilitate course selection. All students have an academic advisor to assist with course selection and any academic issues.

Career Planning

The Career Centre facilitates student employment during a student's time at Trent and after graduation. We encourage Trent students to begin exploring career options in their first year to assist in making course choices, understanding the transferability of their skills, and eventually making satisfying career choices. The Career Centre can be reached at (705) 748-1011, ext. 1385.


Athletics and recreation invites you to take advantage of our facilities for "drop in" recreation, a great workout, or to participate in our campus recreation (intramural) and varsity programs. Activities and schedules are posted on the website.


There is a wide range of intramural sports offered at Trent. Competition levels vary from beginner to experienced.


Absynthe Magazine, Access to Education Group, AIDS and Safer Sex Peer Educators, Alpha@trent, Alpine Ski Club, Amnesty International, Anti-Colonial Action Alliance, Arthur (student newspaper), Asian Dialogue at Trent, Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS), Burma & East Timor Working Group, Canadian Studies Students Society, Chemistry Undergraduate Society, Classics Society, Con-Ed Students Association, Comparative Development Studies Student Society, Cross Cultural Alliance, Culture Jammer's Collective, Curl-4-Cancer, Economics Justice Collective, Economics Society, Innu Students' Association, James Bond Appreciation Society, Jewish Student Federation, Hispanic Organization for Latin Awareness (HOLA), Julian Blackburn Students' Association, Math Society, Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), Rhotinoshonni (Iroquois) Students' Association, OXFAM, Soup Kitchen Collective, Star Trek Society, Theatre Trent, Trent African Caribbean Students' Union (TACSU), Trent Animal Rights Association (TARA), Trent Annual, Trent Annual Fashion Show, Trent Central Student Association (TCSA), Trent Christian Fellowship, Trent Chinese Christian Fellowship, Inter-Faith Group, Japanese Association at Trent, l'Association Francophone de Trent University, Trent Chinese Student Council, Trent Debating Union, Trent Entrepreneurial Studies Society (TESS), Trent Environmental Student Society, Trent Fencing, Trent History Undergraduate Society (THUGS), Trent Hourglass, Trent International Students' Association (TISA), Trent Jitsu Club, Trent Lesbian and Gay Collective (TLGC), Trent Green Party Association, Trent Model United Nations Society, Trent Muslim Student Association, Trent Music Society, Trent Oenology Society, Trent Pagan Circle, Trent Photographical Society, Trent Queer Collective, Trent Socialists, Trent Students for Literacy, Trent Student Swim Club, Trent Theatre Collective, Trent Triathlon Club, Trent University Band, Trent University Choir, Trent University Geographical Society (TUGS), Trent Ski and Snowboard Club, Trent Students Against Sweatshops, Trent University Emergency First Response Team, Trent University Figure Skating Club, Trent University Liberal Association, Trent University Mountain Bike Club, Trent Yellow Bike Co-op, Trent Students for Life, Trent University Native Association (TUNA), Trent University Naturalists Group, Trent University Philosophy Society, Trent University Reform Association, Trent University Rowing Club, Trent Vocal Jazz Choir, and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Information Technology

Free access to University's computing facilities, which includes microcomputer based laboratories, time sharing terminals, and full access to the Internet from individual user accounts. Each student is given a free Internet account and can access it by modem and e-mail. Library catalogues are available online.


Theatre Trent, Trent radio, music festivals, film series, student newspapers, debating club, choirs, symphony, Traditional Elders Gathering, National Rowing Regatta, the Writers Reading Series brings Canadian authors from across the country, guest speakers, writers and artists in residence, and northern lectures.

Special Services

Trent undertakes to ensure access to its academic programs and physical facilities to its students, faculty, and staff. The University has a Special Needs Office that offers a variety of services including transcription, note taking, exam invigilation, and liaison with faculty members and support agencies. Also available are a voice synthesizer, optical scanner, FM system, and four track tape recorders. Trent has some residence rooms, which can be adapted for mobility impaired students. Trent also offers individual and group assistance in writing, critical and efficient reading, mathematics, and study skills. Trent also has an AIDS Education Resource Centre, Native Studies Department that has cultural adviser and Aboriginal counsellor to assist students, Women's Centre, and a gay and lesbian student collective. Free to all students are the services of our Academic Skills Office, which conducts tutoring, workshops, and mentoring.

Trent also offers alumni mentoring or work internships for academic credit.

International Involvement

An energetic international program draws students from around the world and arranges exchanges and year abroad programs for Canadian undergraduates. International Exchange programs: Wales, Scotland, England, Iceland, South Africa, Malaysia, Israel, Korea (Seoul), Japan (Osaka), United States, Mauritius, Finland, and Germany (Baden-Württemberg). Year Abroad programs: Germany, France, Spain, Thailand, Ghana, and Ecuador. Research Institutes include the Frost Centre for Canadian Heritage and Development Studies Trent, Institute for the Study of Popular Culture Trent, Institute of Mass Spectrometry, and the Water Quality Centre.

Campus Tour

Campus tours are available year round Monday to Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and on selected Saturdays. Please contact the Liaison Office at (705) 748-1332 or (888) 739-8885 to book a tour.

Check out our Virtual tour online on our website.


Conference services co-ordinates room bookings and other non-academic uses of Trent's facilities. Residence rooms can be booked for public use during the summer months. Conferences can be reached at (705) 748-1260.

Modified on September 23, 2021