The College System
A Place to Belong: The Colleges at Trent
Tradition and history meet modern and vibrant living & learning spaces
Trent University’s colleges have been at the centre of the student experience for over 50 years. Colleges are more than residences, dining halls and classroom spaces. They are also communities that promote learning, embrace diversity, and foster meaningful connections among students, faculty and staff.
Each college is run by a principal who leads a team of dynamic academic support staff offering personalized assistance for any challenge that you may face. From orientation to convocation, your Trent college will be there to support your educational journey.
Choose the College that's right for you
All Trent students, in all years, whether you live in residence or not, get to choose their college. Trent's five colleges are as unique as you are – each one offers different architectural styles, student spaces, residence room layouts and extracurricular activities.
Spend a little time deciding which college at Trent is right for you.
Situated on the west bank of the Otonabee River, Champlain embodies the spirit of adventure and discovery of the famous French explorer for whom it is named. Champlain hosts many wonderful spaces including the Great Hall. Exploration of the world happens at Champlain.
The word “Otonabee,” from the Anishnaabe language, means “fast and boiling waters,” giving you a sense of the exciting and energetic life that awaits you at this college. OC is a thriving neighbourhood, right in the heart of campus with performances, speakers and a wide range of activities.
Gzowski College is integrated with Trent’s First Peoples House of Learning, and named after famed CBC journalist and broadcaster and Trent’s eighth chancellor, Peter Gzowski. Events and programs revolve around themes of environmentalism, fair trade, and Indigenous learning.