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A New Student Centre for Trent

Welcome to the home page of Trent University’s highly anticipated Student Centre, scheduled to open September 2017.

This site will provide ongoing updates and information on this exciting project – a new Student Centre imagined, supported and planned by and for Trent students.

The selected design is a building with three storeys, the plan takes inspiration from the crossed paths that connect the Founders' Walk to the Athletics Centre path and the main University entrance to the Otonabee river. A key element in this design is the framing of the view to Bata Library from the main road.


Alumnus Stephen Stohn Donates $1 Million to Help Make New Student Centre at Trent University a Reality

The new Trent Student Centre is the vision of Trent students, past and present, so it is only fitting that one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, lawyer and Degrassi executive producer Stephen Stohn ’66, is helping to make the vision a reality through a generous $1 million gift announced at an event on October 13 at the site of the new Student Centre at Trent University.




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A bit about the design in development:


Site Plan

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Ground Floor
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Second Floor
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Third Floor
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A New Student Centre for Trent

Trent Student Centre

The Trent Central Student Association in partnership with Trent University is delighted to announce that plans are moving forward on the new $14 million Student Centre. The new building will significantly enhance the experience of life on campus for all students by offering new places and opportunities for students to socialize, learn, study and engage in life on campus.

"Trent University students voted to build a Student Centre, ultimately this building is about them,” said Carmen Meyette, Student Centre project coordinator for the TCSA. “We need their direction and input on these designs so the final project can reflect both the students and the greater community.” 

“A new Student Centre will place the University among its peer institutions nationally in student life and development,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “Setting these crucial steps in place during Trent’s 50th anniversary year is a meaningful milestone. I am pleased for the students that we have arrived at this point and congratulate them on their foresight in supporting this initiative. ”

It is important that the views and priorities of the stakeholder community inform the planning and design of the Student Centre.  The TCSA and the University recently conducted a series of focus groups and a survey (now closed) for students, staff, faculty and alumni to ask questions about the project and provide input on key attributes of the new facility in January 2015. Results are available in the February 2015 Consultant Report.

Student Centre Activities and Services

The Student Centre will accommodate:

  • Central hub where TCSA services, clubs and groups, and other student programs can be promoted and participation encouraged
  • Formal and informal spaces for studying and social interaction
  • Storage and meeting spaces for student clubs and levy groups
  • Expanded Trent Central Student Association (TCSA) offices and related services
  • Teaching / performance space
  • New student and alumni Centre for Social and Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Vendor and retail operations
  • Food services, dining and entertainment spaces