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A Cool University Town

A hip place to live, Peterborough has the energy and resources that make it a great university town. With a population of just under 80,000, the City of Peterborough is big enough to offer plenty of things to do, but small enough that it’s friendly and easy to navigate.

Trent University is in Central Ontario in a vacation area known as the Kawarthas – the “Land of Shining Waters” – famous for its beautiful lakes and water recreation. We’re just 90-minutes from Toronto, three hours from Ottawa, and five hours from Montreal.

Arts and Culture
Peterborough is a vibrant, multicultural community with more than 140 arts and culture organizations, including a 700-seat theatre, art galleries, museums, historic sites and other performance spaces.

On our campus alone, you’ll find the Wenjack Theatre and Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space with live theatre, dance and music. Trent also brings famous people to campus to lecture and perform—luminaries such as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Canadian authors Alistair MacLeod and Jann Martel and jazz vocalist Diana Panton.

The Music Scene
Peterborough has a thriving music scene, including rock, folk, ska, blues and hip hop. Every year a host of bands—famous and those with cult followings--bring the city to life. Music festivals such as the September Downtown Jazz Festival also attract big name headliners.

Shops and Boutiques
Peterborough – with its many shops, stores and boutiques – has everything from vintage and green clothing to the latest in electronics. You can browse for treasures amongst the stacks in “booksellers’ row,” purchase handmade candles or soaps, hunt for beads from India, buy organic produce at the Farmer’s Market, or spend Saturday afternoon at one of the malls.

Places to Eat
Peterborough has a phenomenal restaurant scene. More than 70 restaurants that include Mexican, Indian, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Thai, Belgian, and new-world cuisine are located downtown in the happening Bistro District. 

Did You Know?

  • You can walk, bike, in-line skate or cross-country ski to downtown Peterborough on a path that connects Trent to downtown.
  • Students run an alternative organic/local food café on Trent’s Symons Campus called The Seasoned Spoon.
  • There are 134 lakes near Trent University in Peterborough.