Fall Residence Applicants: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
The information shared in these FAQs is accurate as of March 1, 2021. Please check back for updates as Fall 2021 approaches.
Should I apply for residence now even though my plans may change for fall 2021?
We recommend you do. There are many benefits to living in residence – from convenient access to classrooms and resources, to the opportunity to meet other students and develop life-long friendships. We strongly encourage students who may be interested in residence to apply by the June 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm to be guaranteed a space in residence. Students can still apply after June 1, but spaces in residence will no longer be guaranteed.
What residences will be open and room types will be offered for fall 2021?
Housing Services in planning and expecting for all Trent residences to be open at both of our campuses in Peterborough and Durham. Currently, plans are to offer all traditional single, double and triple room options, following all public health and provincial guidelines. We are committed to providing our residents with a safe and positive experience. Should public health requirements require a reduction in the number of students per bedroom, we will offer only single room (one person to one room) options for residence. Prospective residents can expect that our plans will remain flexible, responsive, and supportive of students’ health and safety. Housing Services will provide an update to prospective residence students regarding room types by May 1, 2021, and we will continue to provide updates with any changes throughout the summer.
What supports will be offered in residence for fall 2021?
One of the many benefits of living in residence is the enhanced and individualized supports available to students. Each residence community has an upper-year Residence Life Don who assists with providing resources, acting a first-line support, and connecting students to experts on campus as needed. Students can connect in-person or online with their Don regarding any personal or academic issues. Residence Life Dons build meaningful one on one connections with students, while bringing everyone together in the community. A Don on Duty is also available each night to ensure safety and to respond to emergencies. There are many more resources available to students when living in residence and many are listed within our Living In Residence Page.
How will residence events and activities be offered for fall 2021?
Living in residence offers students the opportunity to enhance your studies, meet new people and make life-long friends, and feel more closely connected to your community at Trent. Our Residence Learning Model guides the programs and events offered to residents are designed to assist with a smooth transition to University, provide academic support, and enhance community building. Following Public Health guidelines, we anticipate offering both in-person and online ways to engage with those in your community.
Will the residence application fee and deposit be refunded if the fall term 2021 is affected by COVID-19?
Trent University is expecting (and planning for) in-person learning at our Peterborough and Durham campuses for fall 2021 and winter 2022. Recognizing the unique circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the $500 residence deposit for fall 2021 will be refundable, to students who have canceled their residence application prior to June 29, 2021 related to one of the COVID-19 criteria below
- Travel restrictions and/or the ability to secure visas prohibit you from travelling to Trent;
- The University changes the published start date of courses (more than 4 weeks);
- The University experiences significant changes to the method of delivery of courses for fall 2021 (e.g., courses transition from in-person to online delivery); or
- The University is unable to open sufficient rooms to accommodate students as a result of public health guidelines, including physical distance regulations.
If your personal circumstances change, and you wish to cancel your residence application outside of the COVID-19 criteria above, you will be eligible for a refund of $250. You must cancel your application prior to June 29, 2021.
Residence deposits will not be refundable if you cancel after June 29, 2021. Students or families that are adversely affected by the pandemic, either medically or financially, are invited to contact Housing Services to discuss exceptional circumstances to this policy.
Please note, the residence application fee is a non-refundable $50 fee, required to access and use Trent’s Housing Portal application software.
What measures will Housing Services take to ensure students stay safe?
The health and safety of our campus communities are our key priorities as we plan for fall 2021. All measures are and will continue to be guided by public health advice, and in accordance with appropriate federal and provincial government directives. Measures currently in place, and expected to continue for fall 2021, include:
- Regular cleaning services to all public/shared spaces within residence (washrooms, hallways, stairwells, common spaces, etc.) with a particular emphasis on high-touch surfaces.
- Students within our suite style residence buildings required to clean spaces within their unit.
- Signage and educational materials, such as cleanliness guidelines for students, placed around all residence spaces
- Hand hygiene stations installed across residence buildings
- The University mask policy and physical distancing directives apply in all residence spaces
- COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Policies for all students to adhere to while living in residence.
As directives change, Housing Services implements additional precautions that follow Public Health and government directives.
What if I am required to quarantine when arriving (e.g. due to international travel)?
Students who apply and live in residence are required to quarantine upon their arrival. If you are traveling from another country or anticipate the need to quarantine on arrival, please contact Housing Services by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or our International Office to discuss arrangements and options available to you.
As a returning student to Trent, can I apply to residence?
We recognize that due to COVID19 there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to signing a lease off campus and that some students may still require residence for personal circumstances while they attend classes remotely, for example if you do not have a reliable home internet connection.
Returning students are welcome and encouraged to apply to residence. We will connect with you after June 1, 2021 to confirm if we have a space for you in residence. If you are a returning student with an accessibility need that requires you to live in residence, please contact us and we will help you with the application process. For more information on our returning student application process, please visit our website and learn how to apply.