Trent University



Students who come to Trent University enter into a challenging, innovative academic environment, one that provides an exceptional worldview.

With 7,800 students, Trent is noted for internationally respected faculty, globally significant teaching and research, and world class facilities. Moreover, students benefit from a greatly enhanced academic experience due to Trent's ability to consistently deliver a meaningful, high quality liberal undergraduate education in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Located in Peterborough, Ontario, Trent is truly Canadian, based on the fact that every region and cultural aspect of our nation's heritage is represented. On the world stage, Trent is regarded with high merit for its emphasis on global perspectives and the centrality of the individual student. Ethics, social responsibility, and diversity of thought are some of the principles at the heart of Trent's student centred philosophy. As a result, Trent graduates are not only highly employable as young professionals; they become valuable contributors to society.

Within a collegial setting, the University offers traditional and interdisciplinary degree programs at undergraduate and graduate levels. Trent aims to enrich the individual student's university experience through small group teaching, college affiliations, and an academic adviser system where students are linked with a member of faculty or staff.

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

In recognition of the need for cultural and academic adjustment support for international students, the Trent International Program Office (TIP) runs a three day orientation camp for each academic session. Students are met at the Toronto Pearson airport and taken to a beautiful lakeside camp. All newly admitted international students, as well as Canadian students who have studied abroad are invited to attend.

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.

Career Planning

Trent's career counselling staff assists students with researching the variety of career options available to them. The office includes a comprehensive library of school calendars and career resource materials.


Some sports are played at the club level, not the OUAA level. The school offers lifeguard competitions.


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-W├╝rttemberg). 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 December 09, 2020