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Student Centre

Exterior of the student centre

Student Centre

Student Centre: NOW OPEN

Built for and by the students

The Student Centre was the vision of Trent University students past and present. Trent’s Student Centre enhances the outstanding student experience that Trent is known for, offering new places and opportunities for students to socialize, learn, study, and engage in life on campus.

The Student Centre project was a Trent family effort. The students provided $10.5 million through a special levy towards the $16 million project. Thanks to an outpouring of support from the Trent community, including the board, faculty, staff, and alumni, the project is now complete and the doors are open.

Features of the Building:

  • Designed to connect with the beautiful, existing architecture at Trent University – aesthetic honours the historic Ron Thom architecture of the Symons Campus, while offering a new space for students to learn and thrive on campus
  • The use of glass throughout the building and its open-concept floorplan creates a connected feeling on the inside while providing stunning views of the Otonabee River
  • The Student Centre offers a wide variety of formal and informal study spaces:
    • First floor resembles a student café, with a collection round tables and chairs and lounge furniture
    • Second floor has barstool study spaces that overlook the atrium of the building
      • Chairs and tables along a glass wall overlooking the Otonabee
      • A dedicated space for silent studying
    • Third floor offers more group study space
  • State-of-the-art lecture rooms, adding 360 new seats to Trent University, including:
    • Stohn Hall: A two-storey, 200-seat lecture theatre – named in honour of alumnus Stephen Stohn
    • A 60-seat Active Learning Classroom, equipped with projectors, whiteboards and moveable seating
    • Another 100-seat, tiered lecture hall
  • From the main floor, there is a unique, oversized staircase feature that has electrical plugs found it, making it a central location for students to connect
  • Students also have a variety of outdoor spaces to use surrounding the centre:
    • Patio located on the outside of the main floor of the building, connecting to Founder’s Walk
    • Second floor balcony that overlooks the river
  • New multi-purpose event space with moveable furniture and access to an outdoor patio space
  • New home for the Trent Central Student Association (TCSA)
    • The TCSA operates a welcome desk that is the go-to location for students to ask questions, access a wide variety of services offered by the TCSA, purchase merchandise and get transit information
    • The TCSA also offers spaces for student clubs to use for meetings and social events throughout the school year, with 50 storage lockers that clubs can use
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