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Move-in Day is Sunday, September 4th!


We update this page regularly with important dates, move-in tips and driving directions, including updates to any city and campus construction

Before you arrive
Getting to your building
Where to eat
Parent Information Sessions
What to bring to residences
Computers, ResNet and Wifi Routers
Videos for Parents and Students



Before you arrive:

Students with boxes moving into residences

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You will receive your room assignment by email on August 26th we ask that you respect your assigned move-in time to help with the flow of traffic and lineups for elevators, etc.- thanks!
  • Your room will be ready the morning of move-in day. Early move-in or storage of your items is not available.  If you require accommodations/storage in Kingston prior to that date, be sure to book accommodations early as local hotels/motels book up quickly. Make sure you plan well in advance for your arrival, as we do not provide early arrival/storage exceptions. Students who arrive early will be required to wait until 8:00 a.m. on September 4th. Building doors are locked until 8:00 a.m. that day.
  • Once you have received your room assignment please navigate to the “Our Buildings” tab and then click on the building you will be moving into. There you will see specific directions to your building and be able to download both a campus map and a zone card specific to your building. We ask that you print the zone card and place it in your windshield on the day of move in.
  • Students moving into odd-numbered floors (e.g. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9)  required to arrive for a morning move-in (8:00 a.m. – noon), and all students moving into even-numbered floors (e.g. 0/ground, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) are required to arrive for an afternoon move-in (12:30 – 4:00 p.m.).
  • Visit our Checking In page for more information about checking in, keys, “Room Assessment” Forms and more.
  • Learn about what to bring and what not to bring to campus
  • Ensure you know how to prepare your computer
  • Do you have a food allergy? Make sure you contact us before you arrive (613-533-2935 or to set up an appoint to discuss your specific needs
  • Watch our webinar about living in residences.
  • Make sure you are following us on Facebook and/or Twitter, as we’ll be sending out live posts and tweets on September 4th.

Please note:

  • Please do not leave your vehicle unattended while dropping belongings. Cars left unattended will be towed to an outer campus parking lot.
  • There is a 3-hour parking limit for all surface lots
  • Please use the instructions provided on your students’ assigned building page, as many streets have been re-routed as one-way streets, and GPS/online maps will not be accurate.


Getting to your building:

  • Follow the instructions from our website to get to campus
  • Place your coloured zone card on your windshield so that volunteers can direct you
  • Watch for coloured zone signs for the correct route to your building area and follow signs and the police/volunteers. We’ll also be tweeting and posting online to provide up-to-date information about lineups and available parking lots.
  • Stop at your building, check-in, drop your belongings and have some one take your car to a parking lot (3-hour time limit). Please do not leave your vehicle unattended – any vehicles left unattended will be towed to an outer campus parking lot.
  • There are a few carts available – but you may want to bring a portable luggage cart if you have one (note: not all buildings have elevators).
  • If someone is helping you move in, consider asking them to take boxes and extra items home with them, as there is no storage in residence.
  • Volunteers will be on site to assist students from 8am to 4pm, but if you need specific assistance moving in, please contact us in advance at : 613-533-2550.
  • Please don’t bring the family pet – residences are animal-free (except for service animals).
  • Don’t forget that Orientation is ‘dry’ – no alcohol is allowed in any of our residences (even for students 19 +) until September 12th.
  • To help everyone settle into our Residence community, guests are also not permitted in Residence during Orientation Week.
  • Once you are moved in, say farewell. Parents are invited to visit one of our short Parent Information Sessions

*Note: there are no early arrivals available. Please do not arrive prior to 8:00 a.m., and do not park your car on campus overnight, as it will be towed

Stop, drop and park infographic


Where to eat:

  • Some retail food outlets will be open but you may also want to bring snacks and water with you as well. Come prepared for lineups — it’s a busy day!


Move-in day retail hours of operation.

Parent Information Sessions:

Want to connect with key student support providers and learn about how to help students transition to university life? Our Parent information sessions are repeated throughout move-in day to provide you with opportunities to learn about resources on campus and ask questions about your student’s academic and personal success at Queen’s:

10am – Grant Hall, main campus
11am – Grant Hall, main campus
12:30pm – Duncan McArthur Auditorium, west campus
2:30pm – Grant Hall, main campus

What to Bring to Residences:

Wonder what size bedsheets to buy for Res?


  • If you’re in Leggett, Watts, Brant or Smith, you’ll need queen-sized sheets
  • For all other buildings – TwinXL sheets work best!

Descriptions of what should and should not be brought to residences.


Wondering what to bring to Res? Get some tips from our students:


Computers, ResNet and Wifi Routers:

 laptop sitting on a desk behind a desk calendar.


Videos For Parents & Students

Our Living In Residence Video Collection offers a preview of life in Residence at Queen’s. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.