Welcome to Trent University Durham GTA You are #TrentUBound


Your World-Class Education Awaits

You’re about to embark on an exciting and important new chapter in your life. At Trent, you’ll prepare for your career, make lasting friendships and challenge the way you think and grow.

So, what are your next steps?

This handy guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions and important deadlines, helping you to be prepared and ready as a new student.

Reminder: Canada's New Study Permit Cap

We know you have questions about the temporary cap on new study permits announced by the Government of Canada. We are here to help.

Visit trentu.ca/ircc for more information

Know Your Student Number

Have you noticed a 7-digit number on all the Trent admissions letters and emails you’ve received? That’s your official Trent student number. And while you won’t feel like just a number on our campus, your unique student ID number is what gives you access to important information about your degree, student services and campus events, and is also required for writing exams. So keep your number handy—and if you can—memorize it!

Set Up Your MyTrent Account

MyTrent is your student portal, giving you direct access to your academic records, email, information about coursework and more. You can activate your MyTrent account using your student number and personal email address.

A Gmail icon will appear in your account on the MyTrent portal (trentu.ca/mytrent) approx. 3-months prior to the start of your courses at Trent. Once your email is active, you’ll start to receive all your Trent info at this email. Your profs will email you here as well.

Activate Your MyTrent Account


Whether you want to take advantage of our residence guarantee for first-year students or live off campus, Trent University Durham is dedicated to helping you build your home away from home.

Residence Experience

A brand-new, six-story residence and academic building provides new spaces and greater opportunities for the whole community to socialize, learn, study and engage in life on campus.


Off-Campus Housing

Trent University Durham would like to help make the process of finding off-campus housing as easy as possible for you. Through our partnership with Places4Students, we provide an online collection of numerous housing opportunities.

Explore Your Course Options

One of the most exciting parts of planning your postsecondary education is figuring out what classes you are going to take first!

Within 2-months prior to classes starting, you’ll be able to log into your MyTrent portal and register for courses under the Academics tab. We’ve also got plenty of helpful information and video tutorials online at trentu.ca/advising to get you started on course selection, creating your timetable and more. Building your schedule takes time, but don’t worry—it’s easier than you think!

Access Video Tutorials

We’re committed to your success

Explore these services available to all students:

  • Academic Advising: Academic Advisors can help you with your academic goals and in choosing the right courses for your degree path. To find out more, book an appointment or contact an advisor.
  • Student Accessibility Services: Benefit from a variety of integration services to support learning and sensory disabilities, as well as physical and mental health throughout your academic career at Trent.
  • Scholarships and Bursaries: Trent invests more in scholarships and bursaries than any other university our size in Canada.
  • Fitness & Athletics: TrentU Durham students enjoy membership to all City of Oshawa recreation facilities. Play in the weekly intramural league or the competitive soccer extramural mixed-league.
  • Durham Orientation: Orientation events and activities are designed to help you transition to university life.

Order Your Student Card 
& Bus Pass

Think of your TrentU Card as your campus passport. With your new student ID card, you’ll get access to on-campus services, from printing and photocopying at the library to working out at various City of Oshawa recreational facilities. By loading money onto your TrentU student ID, you’ll also be able to use your card at a number of restaurants, cafes and shops on and off campus.

You can get your TrentU card when school starts, but why wait? Within a month of classes starting, submit a passport-style photo of yourself on MyTrent by clicking on Services and then TrentU Card Photo Submission. Once received, your card will be processed and ready for pick-up when you arrive. You can also visit trentu.ca/trentucard for TrentU card tips, photo requirements and more.

Full-time students are issued a separate transit card that provides unlimited access to Durham Region Transit during the academic year (September-April). Your DRT Pass will be available by the first week of school.

Learn more about TrentU Card

Check Your Deadlines
Don't Miss Out

Mark your calendar! Now that you’re officially a Trent student,
there’s a few deadlines you should be aware of:

Explore Your New Hometown

Quickly becoming the campus of choice for top students seeking a uniquely personalized learning experience, Trent University Durham is conveniently located in the City of Oshawa, part of the Greater Toronto Area. Whether travelling by car or train, you’ll be in the heart of downtown Toronto in less than an hour. In Canada’s largest and most multicultural city, there’s no shortage of sites to see, places to eat and drink and festivals and events to enjoy.

Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate Oshawa’s natural beauty, as you explore the extensive trails network or enjoy the picturesque surroundings at stunning Lakeview Park. Nearby, you can enjoy a vibrant greenbelt, parks and beaches—all minutes away from the Oshawa GO Station and Highway 401. For students who want to be close to the action while enjoying the charm of the country, Durham is a wonderful place to visit, explore and discover.

Discover Durham Region

Check Off Your TrentU Bucket List

You’re well on your way to preparing for your first year as an official Trent University student! When school starts you’ll be busy finding your classrooms, getting to know the campus and working hard on homework and exams. But your time at University is also about trying new things, making new friends, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. But...where to start?

Below you’ll find two TrentU bucket lists filled with fun ideas to help make your first year memorable. See thow many items you can check off each list before the end of the semester!

Download the PDFs Here

Clubs & Groups

Meet new friends and explore your interests by joining one of the many student clubs and groups at Trent Durham GTA.

Can't find one that matches your interests? Trent Durham makes it easy to create your own.

Get Involved

Get Your Trent Swag

It’s never too early to show your school spirit! Be sure to stop by the Rack and Shelf in the Trent Durham Student Association office (room 122). The Rack and Shelf is where you’ll be able to get your Trent S spirit on with loads of Trent University Durham clothing and swag accessories to choose from—all at a reasonable price. You can even stop by the Rack and Shelf throughout the year to purchase event tickets and buy and sell used books.

Keep Your Parents & 
Supporters In the Loop

Whether you’re moving a long distance or are commuting from home in Peterborough, becoming a Trent University student is an exciting new milestone in your life. It can also be a time of great transition, and for some students this can feel overwhelming. Having the support of your family, friends or other loved ones can help make all the difference when embarking on your new educational journey.

We encourage you to tell your parents or guardians about our Parents & Supporters website. That’s where they’ll find helpful tips on how best to support you as you head off to Trent!

Parents & Supporters Website

Stay Connected with Social

Follow Trent University

Now that you are officially #TrentUBound, you will definitely want to keep up-to-date on latest information about Trent, upcoming events, innovative #TrentUResearch and the many #FacesOfTrentU that define us. Join the conversation with #TrentU today!

We're Here to Help You
Navigate Your Next Steps

Connect with a Global Ambassador

Lots of our upper year international students would be happy to share their experience with you and tell you about Trent from a student’s point of view. If you wish to connect with current students from your country/region or your intended program at Trent, please e-mail us at international@trentu.ca.

We’d love to hear from you! Contact us if you have any questions.

1-905-435-5104 | discovertrentdurham@trentu.ca