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Student Centre

Exterior rendering of the student centre

Student Centre

Student Centre: Opening September 2017

Built for and by the students

The highly-anticipated new Student Centre is the vision of Trent University students past and present. Trent’s new Student Centre will enhance 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 is a Trent family effort. The students have 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, over $3.6 million has been raised towards our $4 million fundraising goal, leaving only $400,000 left to raise. This includes a transformational $1 million gift from alumnus Stephen Stohn ’66 last fall.

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 will resemble a student café, with a collection round tables and chairs and lounge furniture
    • Second floor will have 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 will offer more group study place close to where temporary Library on-campus service point will be located for the 2017 academic year
  • 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 will be a unique, oversized staircase feature that will have electrical plugs found it that is bound to become a central location for students to connect
  • Students will 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 will operate a welcome desk that will become 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 will also offer 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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