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Exterior view of Peterborough's Market Hall building in summer time with a bus turning the corner and people walking across the street

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Exterior view of Peterborough's Market Hall building in summer time with a bus turning the corner and people walking across the street


Peterborough - A Vibrant Campus in a Breathtaking Natural Setting

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Trent's Symons Campus, located in the vibrant city of Peterborough, is an inspiring place to learn. A stunning natural landscape along the Otonabee River provides an environment where you can grow, thrive, live and connect. With a lively downtown including shops, restaurants and entertainment just a short distance away, you can easily enjoy all that Peterborough has to offer.

A University Town that has it All

A hip place to live, Peterborough has the energy and resources that make it a great university town. With a population of just under 80,000, the City of Peterborough is big enough to offer plenty of things to do, but small enough that it’s friendly and easy to navigate.

Trent University is in Central Ontario in a vacation area known as the Kawarthas – the “Land of Shining Waters” – famous for its beautiful lakes and water recreation. We’re just 90-minutes from Toronto, three hours from Ottawa, and five hours from Montreal.

Arts and Culture

Idigenous student dancer performing on a stage with 4 ringsPeterborough is a vibrant, multicultural community with more than 140 arts and culture organizations, including a 700-seat theatre, art galleries, museums, historic sites and other performance spaces.

On our campus alone, you’ll find the Wenjack Theatre and Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space with live theatre, dance and music. Trent also brings famous people to campus to lecture and perform—luminaries such as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Canadian authors Alistair MacLeod and Yann Martel and jazz vocalist Diana Panton.

The Music Scene

Blue Rodeo lead singer performing on stage with lights behind himPeterborough has a thriving music scene, including rock, folk, ska, blues and hip hop. Every year a host of bands—famous and those with cult followings--bring the city to life. Music festivals such as the September Downtown Jazz Festival also attract big name headliners.

Shops and Boutiques

Peterborough – with its many shops, stores and boutiques – has everything from vintage and green clothing to the latest in electronics. You can browse for treasures amongst the stacks in “booksellers’ row,” purchase handmade candles or soaps, hunt for beads from India, buy organic produce at the Farmer’s Market, or spend Saturday afternoon at one of the malls.

Places to Eat

Local cafe with students sitting down at tables eating and drinkingPeterborough has a phenomenal restaurant scene. More than 70 restaurants that include Mexican, Indian, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Thai, Belgian, and new-world cuisine are located downtown in the happening Bistro District. 

Did You Know?

  • You can walk, bike, in-line skate or cross-country ski to downtown Peterborough on a path that connects Trent to downtown.
  • Students run an alternative organic/local food café on Trent’s Symons Campus called The Seasoned Spoon.
  • There are 134 lakes near Trent University in Peterborough.