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A panoramic view of Lady Eaton College

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Lady Eaton College

Lady Eaton College is the second oldest college on the Symons Campus of Trent University.  It was established in 1968 and is named in honour of Flora McCrea Eaton, who helped support the university during its founding.  For many years, Lady Eaton has been a home-away-from-home for thousands of Trent graduates.

Lady Eaton College is a place to meet new friends and grow as a student.  However, the college is much more than residence.  Students gain their college affiliation in their first year, but this affiliation stays with them throughout their degree. During their time at Trent, the college is a central part of  student life for all students who live both on and off campus. At the college students will find the College Head, Academic Advisor and Academic Skills Instructor who are there to provide support and guidance.  Next to the College Office is the office of the College Cabinet. The College Cabinet is a team of elected students that represents all students affiliated with the college. They also plan many events for students. If students are looking to get more involved in their college, the cabinet is a great place to start.  

The ground floors of the college contain faculty and departmental offices, a large dining hall, classrooms, and student and faculty lounges (called Common Rooms).  The Junior Common Room and the Pit are great spaces where students will find lots of space to relax or study together.

Beyond the original college building, students will find the Lady Eaton College Annex which became a part of the college in 2016. This building is located on Water Street and is home to many first year students who are also affiliated with Lady Eaton College. The college annex is just a quick 10-minute walk away from the original college building.

 Lady Eaton College was designed by Legendary Canadian architect Ron Thom who aimed to have the building blend in with its natural landscape. The college is located against a drumlin, a massive hill formed by glacial ice thousands of years ago. Rom Thom intended to mimic the natural formation of the drumlin in his design of the college.  Over the years, the drumlin has been a popular place for students to relax and explore its wooded trails.

Feeling artistic?  Lady Eaton has had a long tradition of featuring art exhibitions and hosting student photo competitions.  It is also offers several spaces for music that include pianos and a set of drums.  Students are encouraged to bring their instruments to entertainment themselves and their friends.

We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg. We offer our gratitude to First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we honour those teachings.