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Durham Greater Toronto Area

New Student Orientation

Important Information

  • *Graduate Students* - Registration is not open until late July and you will be contacted by email when it opens.
  • Join the "Member Since 2018" Facebook Group to connect with classmates and upper year students
  • Course Registration Information can be found at the bottom of the page.

Academic Kickstart Summer Guidebook (PDF)

Note: If you will be studying on the Peterborough campus, please use the following link:  Peterborough Orientation

September Orientation

Click Here to Register for Orientation!

Our official Orientation runs on Tuesday and Wednesday in the first week of September.

We have provided a quick snapshot of the week's events below.  This year's orientation is to be our biggest one yet!

We have events throughout the week that will help you become familiar with the campus, your peers, staff and faculty, and life at TrentU Durham.  It will be an engaging week filled with fun experiences as you transition into your first days of university life!  We also hope to prepare you for the dynamics of university academics and also familiarize you with the various supports and services on campus to help you in your journey.

Tuesday, September 4th, 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm:

1:00 pm – Arrival & Registration

Once you arrive on campus, check in with our Orientation Leaders in the Front Atrium.  From there, you will be able to pick up your student ID, bus pass, and athletics memberships.  Then grab your free orientation t-shirt and swag, and head in to meet your fellow new students!!

** Don’t forget to upload your image for your student ID and bus pass!!    Take a selfie and go to your MyTrent under Services to upload. **

1:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies

Hear from our Master of Ceremonies, Nick Ryan, the Vice-President of Campus Life for the Trent Durham Student Association as he welcomes all new and transfer students to TrentU Durham.  We will also have a special welcome message from Joe Muldoon, the Head of our campus.

1:45 pm – Guest Speaker:  Surprise Guest

Our guest speaker this year is a very dynamic individual who brings a unique message to all new students.  We can't wait to tell you who they are.  Stay tuned for the reveal!

2:45 pm – Team Building Games

Get to know your fellow Orientation Leaders as well as each other where we will participate in some engaging icebreakers.  This is a great opportunity to learn from upper year students about our campus and meet your fellow classmates in a fun setting!

3.45 pm – Challenge Cup Competition

The Trent University Durham Challenge Cup is our new orientation competition giving students the opportunity to participate in various games and activities as they strive to win the cup for their team!  There are games ranging from physical competitions to intellectual abilities so that there is something for each student to participate in.  Teams will gain points through each activity, and the top team will be awarded with the coveted Campus Cup!

5:45 pm – Campus Cup Ceremony

At the end of the competition, we award the cup to the team with the most points.  The winners will hoist the cup for the first time, and have their pictures and names engraved forever!

6:00 pm – Campus Fair!!

Our biggest addition to Orientation Week!!  We will be hosting a ‘Campus Fair’ where new and transfer students will get free food truck tickets to grab a bite at the many selections coming to our event.  Then you can take a group of friends to jump on the many inflatable games we will have including the massive obstacle and Wipeout Sweeper!  Lastly, relax and chat the evening away with some good music as the night comes to an end.

Wednesday, September 5th, 9:30 am – 3:15 pm:

9:30 am – Arrival & Registration

After checking in at the front desk, students can grab a coffee or tea and head into our biggest lecture hall to hear from some of our amazing staff and even some special guests.

10:00 am – Welcome & Advising Session

Listen to our Academic Advisor, Craig Cameron, talk about the expectations that we strive for at Trent University as he presents on different ideas related to academic success and student involvement on campus.

10:30 am – Guest Speaker:  Julie Lalonde

Julie Lalonde is a leading advocate in her work to end violence against women through the Draw the Line campaign.  She has received numerous awards of recognition for her efforts and can be seen across the country sharing her presentations on women’s rights advocacy.

11:30 am – Program Orientations and Lunch

Faculty from each program and major will be here to share in food and fundamentals.  You will have the opportunity to talk to your professors in your program and hear from other upper year students about their experiences in the classroom and time at TrentU Durham.

1:00 pm – Mature and Transfer Student Orientation

Mature and Transfer Students will have an opportunity to discuss transitioning to Trent University with staff, faculty, and other students with similar experiences in coming to our campus. 

1:00 pm – Workshop Series

There will be 4 half-hour workshops in the afternoon to introduce you to some of the services on campus and the people who are part of them.  Those workshops include:  Academic Skills, Library Skills, Academic Mentoring, and Student Life. 

3:00 pm – Closing Ceremonies & Awards

During closing remarks, we will be handing out awards to new students who showcase exemplary energy and enthusiasm as a part of the TrentU Durham family.

Orientation Week, Saturday, September 1st to Friday, September 7th

This year, we have a full week of Orientation programming planned for incoming students, both new and transfer, to pick and choose from anything and everything that interests them.

There are events scheduled every day starting on Saturday, September 1st and running until Friday, September 7th.

TDSA Residence Welcome

Saturday, September 1st
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members of the Trent Durham Student Association will be at the residence to hand out Survival Kits to all Trent Students moving into either the Simcoe or South Village buildings.  If you have submitted your picture on MyTrent for your student ID and bus pass a week before this date, you can pick those up as well!

Pre-Orientation Canada’s Wonderland Trip

Sunday, September 2nd
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

As part of our offerings for orientation, this year we are running a trip to Canada's Wonderland for new students wishing to meet other new students, current students, and orientation leaders while having a great time visiting the best theme park in Canada.  We will have groups for both students who like extreme rides, and those who just want to get some funnel cake.

There is limited space on the trip so it is a first come, first serve event.  We have a special discounted rate of $35 per ticket which includes admission and return transportation to the park from the Durham Campus.  If you have a season's pass, the cost is only $5 for the transportation.

TDSA Post-Orientation Program

Wednesday, September 5th
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

After closing ceremonies, stick around campus where TDSA will be offering up many different activities including a pre-release movie in the big lecture hall, social games in the cafe, and a sport in the backyard complete with snacks and refreshments!

TDSA First Class Giveaway Day

Thursday, September 6th
10:30 am – 2:30 pm

TDSA will be in the atrium on the first day of class to hand out welcome back gifts.  They will also be running prize wheels and providing information about their services.

There is no registration required for this, just show up on campus to get your gift and a chance to win great stuff!

Trent Durham Student Association First Blast!

Thursday, September 6th
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

TDSA will be running First Blast All Ages Night at the Durham Campus.  This will include music, games, prizes, giveaways, and bar service section for students 19+.

There is no registration required for this event.

TDSA Sleepover Event

Friday, September 7th
5:00 pm – 10:00 am

Our second annual event, students will have the opportunity to stay the whole night during our sleepover event at the Durham Campus.  The night will include dinner, games, movies, activities, refreshments, and more!  There will be many new and returning students here in their PJ's for a whole night of fun and entertainment, complete with s'mores and maybe even a pillow fight!

Click Here to Register for Orientation!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Orientation, please email Chris Nelan, Student Life Coordinator at

Course Registration

*Course registration is now open for all undergraduate students.*

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Student Accessibility Services

  • If you are seeking to register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) for disability-related accommodations you can find information here about how to schedule an appointment.

Tuition & Fees Payment

July 16th, 2018 - Advanced Tuition Deposit Deadline for all full-time and part-time students

  • $600.00 Full-time student*
  • $300.00 Part-time student*

*This amount is applied directly against your fall term fees.  International students - payment is non-refundable.  Domestic students - payment is refundable at 50% when you provide written notification of non-attendance to the Office of the Registrar by August 31, 2018, otherwise the full amount is forfeit.

What Else Do I Need To Know

If you will be studying on the Peterborough campus, please visit the Peterborough Orientation website