Peterborough, Ontario

  • RHUK

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    Aug 09, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    I am considering applying to do a PhD at Trent University, the place thats offered looks good and its in a subject area I'm really interested in and the prospectus looks great.

    But then prospectuses always look great.

    Id never heard of the uni before and I was just wondering if any local Ontario-ers could give me a more unbiased view of the place.

    What is its reputation in terms of research?
    Is the city of Peterborough nice?


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  • DeadLiftr

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    Aug 10, 2011 12:08 AM GMT

    I've only been to Peterborough once, and haven't visited Trent, but I can speak about it's reputation. Trent is spoken of as one of the most LGBT friendly universities in Ontario/Canada. It is also very "granola" (ie bring your Birkenstocks).

    In terms of research, there isn't a lot that I've encountered (in Political Science, Sociology or Law, the areas I studied) that's come from Trent, but obviously there's stuff going on there. I've heard Peterborough is a nice place, and decent enough to live in, and if you drive then it's close enough to drive to Toronto for the day/night.
  • Fritter

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    Aug 10, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    Trent is a small campus, and therefore offers small class sizes. I understand that this fact can mean a very nice learning experience. I live half way between Toronto and Peterborough and have visited the city many times. The campus being right on the Trent river/canal makes for a nice setting as well. Would welcome you to come enjoy Ontario, Canada.
    Hope this helps a little bit
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    Aug 10, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    Can't speak for Trent.

    Peterborough is a town -- if you're looking for an urban setting, you won't get it there. If you're looking for more of a small-town relaxed feel, then you'll get that there. Driving to/from Toronto isn't a problem on the weekends... good luck if you're looking to commute to/from Toronto.
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    Aug 10, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    I'm starting an MA at Trent in september. So far the courses being offered are leagues ahead of what was being offered by my previous university and the faculty/ staff have been super helpful and excited to work with us. The graduate campus (Catherine Parr Trail college) is in downtown peterborough and finding student housing within walking distance to school and all amenities is a snap. Rent is good. The town has a good folksy feel to it, but it is (as previously stated) very granola but doesn't seem to cary a lot of the smugness.
  • shred_thegnar

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    Aug 10, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    Spent a summer working at the peterborough tourism info centre,

    women are easy to get, well according to several tourists

    I had drinks thrown at me twice going to rooster, watch out for that bar

    nightlife is okay, nothing really to do in the city
  • RHUK

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    Aug 11, 2011 7:33 PM GMT
    Hmm, thanks for the advice, I've got a lot to think about.

    I currently go to uni in a city about 1/3 the size of Peterborough and in some ways I'd really like to go to a big city with a slightly more visible gay population. But on the other hand, the course is great, and Torontos not so far.

    I think I'll let fate decide, I'll apply, and if they accept me, I'll come.

    Did I say fate? I meant my killer CV, kapow!
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    Aug 11, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    The school is on-par with any other Ontario university, but I know a few people who went there and enjoyed their experiences. It's not a big town, but it's not tiny, either. There's one or two good bars, there's a mall, there are chain restaurants, and that's pretty much it.. but it's not a ghost town, either.

    The good thing is there's a GO train that goes directly to Toronto if you ever want a night out. If you end up going, good luck in school !
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    Aug 12, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    Went there for rowing regattas a few years, they host one of the largest in Ontario every fall, its a part of their homecoming. It has a nice feel to it, very comfortable and calm.
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    Aug 12, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    BORING. Next.