Welcome to Otonabee!


Single Rooms: 185
Double Rooms: 44

Triple Rooms: 33
Meal Plan: 

Students with a single, double or triple room will have a 3600 Residence Dining Plan.

This meal plan will include 3400 Dining Dollars (to be used in dining halls) and 200 Dining Plus Dollars (to be used at designated university outlets such as The Seasoned Spoon, The Planet North and the Ceilie).

Students living in apartments on Symons Campus will have 1700 Dining Dollars and 100 Dining Plus Dollars = 1800 Residence Dining Plan.

Each of the dining plans will allow for unused portions to be carried over into the following year*

 *Those returning to residence in the next year will be required to purchase a meal plan again.

Bathrooms: co-ed; traditional stall style

Click here to view a 3D drawing of a Single room in Otonabee College!

Cost 2014-2015:


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Single Apartment 


Double Apartment




Common Rooms

Each of the 8 houses in OC have a common room of their very own.  This common room is shared by the 35-45 students in the house, and is fully furnished with tables, chairs, a flatscreen television and at least one couch. 

Residence Life Coordinator

Cory Coletta
Phone: (705) 748-1011, ext. 6176
E-mail: corycoletta@trentu.ca

College Office

Head of College: Ashley Wall
Phone: 705-748-7660
E-mail: otonabee@trentu.ca

Location: OC 301

Academic Advisor: Christy Carlson

Mailing Address

Otonabee College
Trent University
2151 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON
K9L 1Z8

About the College

The college's distinctive buildings range along a cedar ridge overlooking the river from which the college derives its name ('fast, flowing water'). To the east, an uninterrupted vista of rolling rural landscapes; to the west, the newly-constructed Peter Gzowski College and the Science buildings, the Faryon pedestrian bridge, providing easy access to the Bata Library, the Athletic Complex and the other Symons Campus colleges.

Eight "houses" of residence, all of them connected by an interior walkway called "the Street", make up Otonabee's residence. Each house contains single and double bedrooms with desks and closets, a kitchenette and a commons area. There is a laundry room for the college as well. Adjacent to the residence is the College Office where the Principal, College Assistant, and Senior Tutor have their offices. Past "the Link", a set of faculty offices, is located the academic wing.

From One of Our Students...

Otonabee College is a fantastic place to live, study and grow at Trent. The houses within Otonabee are a great place to gain a sense of community; your housemates become your family away from home. Regardless of which house you live in, Otonabee has an enormous amount of pride which comes from its amazing leaders, outstanding administrative staff, and motivated students. There is always something going on in OC and the support from your fellow College mates and staff make it easy to join in and excel. Otonabee College is an experience you do not want to miss! Go OC!

- Caitlin Wehrle (Alumni, Anthropology major)

Room & Furnishings and Dimensions(The layout of furnishings varies depending on room type and design)

Single Room
One twin bed (storage room underneath)
One chair, desk lamp and desk
One storage table with two drawers (1 small, 1 large)
Two bookshelves (approximately 8 shelves)
Walk-In closet (contains a towel rack, small mirror)
One set of garbage/recycling bins
Wireless internet
Carpeted floor
Flourescent lighting

Double Room
Two twin beds (storage room underneath)
Two chairs, desk lamps and desks
Two storage tables with two drawers each(1 small, 1 large)
Three bookshelves (approximately 12 shelves)
Two closet wardrobes (contain a towel rack, small mirror, one shelf)
Two bureau's with 4 shelves each
Two sets of garbage/recycling bins
Wireless internet
Carpeted floor
Flourescent lighting

Triple Room
(For additional information regarding triple rooms, please read the Triple Room FAQ found below)
Three beds (combination of 'Bunk' and 'Loft' style layouts)
Three chairs, desk lamps and desks
In-room storage to accommodate three individuals
Three sets of garbage/recycling bins
Wireless internet
Carpet floors
Flourescent lighting

Telephone & Internet

Stay tuned for information about the new wifi internet service at Trent University Residences. The cost of internet is included in residence fees

Phone service is not provided but is available through Nexicom.  There are competitive pricing structures for rates that vary depending on the country. For more information please visit www.nexicom.net/trent.

Apartments at Otonabee

  • 1 apartment with 3 single rooms
  • 2 apartments with 2 double rooms in each

Triple rooms- Frequently Asked Questions

Why did I get a triple room? I never asked for one – it was actually my last preference for room choice.

You were assigned to a college residence and style of living based on application date/time, which takes into consideration, but does not guarantee, the college residence preferences you put on your residence application form and how full our accommodations are at date/time of your application.

Our method of assigning rooms is as fair as possible. Inevitably, it is impossible to provide every student with his or her preferred choices. Every student who applied prior to June 1st at 4pm is guaranteed a bed, though we don’t guarantee style of room/living.

Have efforts been made to match up roommates based on application preferences?

Yes, We have considered application info when placing students in triple rooms looking at habits and interests noted on application forms.

What type of furniture is in the triple rooms?

The furniture varies depending on college and room configuration. Some will have 3 sets of traditional residence furniture however most have Bunk/Loft Units which create more open floor space for the students in the room.

Are the bunk and loft units comfortable?

Yes. We provide the same standard bed and mattress found in all residence bedrooms. The difference is that they are in a bunk or loft configuration. Feedback from students in previous years indicates that they like having their own bunk/loft unit within the room.

What should I expect to find in my new room?

    • Bed
    • Desk, lamp, and chair
    • Drapes
    • Garbage can/Recycling Bin
    • Telephone and Internet (Each student in a triple room will have their own phone/internet jack)
    • Sufficient electrical outlets for computer and appliances
    • Personal in-room storage space to accommodate a reasonable amount of personal belongings (clothing etc.). Please pack responsibly.

How can I handle living with two roommates?

As part of Introductory Seminar Week, students participate in a program called "Setting up for Success", designed to facilitate discussion around living with others, such as room standards and use of belongings.

The session is designed to help you and your roommates begin discussions that will identify and establish expectations that each of you have about your new relationship. Housing Services staff will help facilitate the session and are available to you for assistance if necessary throughout the year.

Want to see photos? Email us at residence@trentu.ca to request pictures of the triple rooms.