Welcome to Trent University Durham GTA You are #TrentUBound


Your World-Class Education Awaits

You’re about to embark on an exciting and important new chapter in your life. At Trent Durham, you’ll prepare for your career, make lasting friendships and challenge the way you think and grow.

So, what are your next steps?

This handy guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions and important deadlines, helping you to be prepared and ready as a new student.

Know Your Student Number

Have you noticed a 7-digit number on all the Trent admissions letters and emails you’ve received? That’s your official Trent student number. And while you won’t feel like just a number on our campus, your unique student ID number is what gives you access to important information about your degree, student services and campus events, and is also required for writing exams. So keep your number handy—and if you can—memorize it!

Set Up Your MyTrent Account

MyTrent is your student portal, giving you direct access to your academic records, email, information about coursework and more. You can activate your MyTrent account using your student number and personal email address.

In mid-June an “email” tab will appear in your account on the MyTrent portal at trentu.ca/mytrent. Once your email is active, you’ll start to receive all your Trent info at this email. Your profs will email you here as well.

Activate Your MyTrent Account


Whether you want to take advantage of our residence guarantee for first-year students or live off campus, Trent University Durham is dedicated to helping you build your home away from home.

Residence Experience

Trent University Durham has partnered with Durham College and UOIT to provide a residence experience that offers convenience and great friendships. The residences, only a 10 minute drive or direct bus ride from the Trent Durham campus using your Transit Pass, offers safe, clean, and comfortable living accommodations.

Off-Campus Housing

Trent University Durham would like to help make the process of finding off-campus housing as easy as possible for you. Through our partnership with Places4Students, we provide an online collection of numerous housing opportunities.

Register for Orientation

Trent International Orientation is an essential part of your preparation for study and life in Canada and at Trent and it will be your opportunity to meet other new students from all around the world.

Orientation activities for Durham campus students can be found at www.trentu.ca/durham.

Registration opens in June.
After June:


Explore Your Course Options

One of the most exciting parts of planning your postsecondary education is figuring out what classes you are going to take first!

Beginning in late June, you’ll be able to log into your MyTrent portal and register for Fall courses under the Academics tab. We’ve also got plenty of helpful information and video tutorials online at trentu.ca/advising to get you started on course selection, creating your timetable and more. Building your schedule takes time, but don’t worry—it’s easier than you think!

Access Video Tutorials

Order Your Student Card 
& Bus Pass

Think of your TrentU Card as your campus passport. With your new student ID card, you’ll get access to on-campus services, from printing and photocopying at the library to working out at various City of Oshawa recreational facilities. By loading money onto your TrentU student ID, you’ll also be able to use your card at a number of restaurants, cafes and shops on and off campus.

You can get your TrentU card when school starts in September, but why wait? Get ahead of the game and submit a passport-style photo of yourself on MyTrent by clicking on Services and then TrentU Card Photo Submission. Once received, your card will be processed and ready for pick-up when you arrive. You can also visit trentu.ca/trentucard for TrentU card tips, photo requirements and more.

Full-time students are issued a separate transit card that provides unlimited access to Durham Region Transit during the academic year (September-April). Your DRT Pass will be available beginning September 1, 2018.

Learn more about TrentU Card

Check Your Deadlines
Don't Miss Out

Mark your calendar! Now that you’re officially a Trent student,
there’s a few deadlines you should be aware of:

  1. June 21:

    Tuition deposit due (CAD $500 for full-time; $150 for part-time)

    Add to Calendar
  2. June 25:

    Course registration opens online for new students

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  3. July 2:

    Deadline to register for Summer Academic Kickstart

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  4. Aug 30:

    Fall term tuition and fees due (non-osap)

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  5. Aug 31:

    Residence move in day

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  6. Sept 3 & 4:

    Fall Start-Up orientation

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  7. Sept 5:

    Classes begin

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  8. Sept 27:

    Fall term tuition and fees due (osap)

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Explore Your New Hometown

Quickly becoming the campus of choice for top students seeking a uniquely personalized learning experience, Trent University Durham is conveniently located in the City of Oshawa, part of the Greater Toronto Area. Whether travelling by car or train, you’ll be in the heart of downtown Toronto in less than an hour. In Canada’s largest and most multicultural city, there’s no shortage of sites to see, places to eat and drink and festivals and events to enjoy.

Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate Oshawa’s natural beauty, as you explore the extensive trails network or enjoy the picturesque surroundings at stunning Lakeview Park. Nearby, you can enjoy a vibrant greenbelt, parks and beaches—all minutes away from the Oshawa GO Station and Highway 401. For students who want to be close to the action while enjoying the charm of the country, Durham is a wonderful place to visit, explore and discover.

Discover Durham Region

Check Off Your Trent Durham Bucket List

You’re well on your way to preparing for your first year as an official Trent University student! When school starts you’ll be busy finding your classrooms, getting to know the campus and working hard on homework and exams. But your time at University is also about trying new things, making new friends, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. But...where to start?

Below you’ll find two TrentU bucket lists filled with fun ideas to help make your first year memorable. See thow many items you can check off each list before the end of the semester!

Download the PDFs Here

Clubs & Groups

Meet new friends and explore your interests by joining one of the many student clubs and groups at Trent Durham GTA.

Can't find one that matches your interests? Trent Durham makes it easy to create your own.

TDSA Clubs & Groups

Get Your Trent Swag

It’s never too early to show your school spirit! Whether visiting campus for the Summer Academic Kickstart or Fall Start-Up Orientation, be sure to stop by the Rack and Shelf in the Trent Durham Student Association office (room 122). The Rack and Shelf is where you’ll be able to get your Trent S spirit on with loads of Trent University Durham clothing and swag accessories to choose from—all at a reasonable price. You can even stop by the Rack and Shelf throughout the year to purchase event tickets and buy and sell used books.

Keep Your Parents & 
Supporters In the Loop

Whether you’re moving a long distance or are commuting from home in Peterborough, becoming a Trent University student is an exciting new milestone in your life. It can also be a time of great transition, and for some students this can feel overwhelming. Having the support of your family, friends or other loved ones can help make all the difference when embarking on your new educational journey.

We encourage you to tell your parents or guardians about our Parents & Supporters website. That’s where they’ll find helpful tips on how best to support you as you head off to Trent!

Parents & Supporters Website

Stay Connected with Social

Follow Trent University

Now that you are officially #TrentUBound, you will definitely want to keep up-to-date on latest information about Trent, upcoming events, innovative #TrentUResearch and the many #FacesOfTrentU that define us. Join the conversation with #TrentU today!

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Navigate Your Next Steps

Connect with a Global Ambassador

Lots of our upper year international students would be happy to share their experience with you and tell you about Trent from a student’s point of view. If you wish to connect with current students from your country/region or your intended program at Trent, please e-mail us at international@trentu.ca.

We’d love to hear from you! Contact us if you have any questions.

1-905-435-5100 | discovertrentdurham@trentu.ca