Welcome to Trent University 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

Choose Your College

Trent colleges are small local communities that promote learning, embrace diversity, and can lead to friendships that last a lifetime. Your college will serve as your “home away from home”; a place where you can connect with other students, faculty and staff in a fun and informal setting. Everyone is a part of a college at our Peterborough campus, regardless of whether you commute or live in residence. When course registration opens, choose a college based on what speaks to your interests, and feel free to switch affiliation if you make a connection in a different college.

If you'll be living in residence, your college is where you live.

Learn More

Living off campus?

Choose Your College Today



So much more than just four walls with a bed, your college residence is also a community, and place of identity. If you’ve chosen to live in residence at Trent, you’ll definitely want to learn more about what you have to look forward to.

On-Campus Housing


For a listing of private accommodation available in Peterborough visit Trent Housing or explore the Homestay Network.

Off-Campus Housing


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/online-resources/course-selection-and-registration 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: Trent offers amazing facilities and the chance to compete at the varsity, club or intramural level.


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 the Trent Athletic Centre. 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? Get ahead of the game and 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 the TrentU Card website for TrentU card tips, photo requirements and more.

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

Whether you grew up nearby or are visiting Peterborough for the first time, there’s plenty to explore and discover in your new home away from home. Known as “the gateway to the Kawarthas,” Peterborough provides nature lovers with an abundance of outdoor activities, from a quiet canoe trip down the river to exploring ancient caves and indigenous rock carvings.

The City of Peterborough also offers students a rich arts and culture scene with plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and live music venues. For students who want all the conveniences of city living while enjoying the vibrancy of the great outdoors, Peterborough is a wonderful place to be live, study and be inspired.

Discover Peterborough & The Kawarthas

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 passions by joining one of the nearly 100 student clubs and groups at Trent. From archery and anime to science fiction and skiing - there's something for everyone. Can't find a club or group that matches your interests? Trent 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 Trent Campus Store where you’ll be able to “get your green on” with loads of Trent University clothing and swag accessories to choose from—all at a reasonable price. You can also have a look at what’s available or shop online.

Visit Campus Store

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.

1-705-748-1332 | discovertrent@trentu.ca