Exchange Student Guide

Living in Queen’s University Residences

Welcome to Residences!

Residence is more than just a place to stay while you attend university. Here, you’ll have the incredible opportunity to meet and make friends with students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, values and interests from you.

You’ll be invited to participate in a variety of social activities, cultural events and educational programs. We encourage you to try new things and to find the right balance to support your personal and social interests and your health and well-being, as well as your academic goals.

Why live in Residence?

  • 8-month contract (4 month for half term exchange) with easy access to transit, downtown and nearby parks
  • Residence Life staff who provide programming and help build community
  • A great opportunity to meet people and make new friends

Jean Royce Hall

Exchange students are housed in Jean Royce Hall on the west end of campus. Jean Royce Hall has 12 mixed-gender buildings with housing for over 700 residents, and is just a short 20-minute walk from main campus. There is also a bus service that runs frequently – your student fee includes a free bus pass.

Jean Royce Hall features include:

  • Indoor access to West Campus Dining Hall and late-night café (pool table, TV and coffee bar with snacks)
  • Games and theatre rooms
  • Common area lounges with kitchenettes
  • Connected to the Faculty of Education, Education Library and McArthur Hall
  • Close to waterfront, running paths, parks and historic Portsmouth Village neighbourhood
  • Fitness room

*note: there are no elevators in the buildings.

Watch videos and take a virtual tour of Jean Royce Hall


Queen’s Services:

Night shot of Queen's bench during the winter

Safety and Security:

  • Buildings are locked 24 hours a day, and students are expected to keep their bedroom doors locked at all times. There are also a number of safety services on campus, including:
    • SeQure safety app – quick access to campus security resources, including the campus security emergency line, and safety news
    • “Blue Light” emergency phones – these outdoor phones are easily identified across campus by their blue lights and yellow boxes (show visual). When the red button is pushed, the phone is connected directly to the Emergency Report Centre.
    • AMS Walk Home – This student-run service provides safe passage to Queen’s community members both on and off-campus.
    • Campus Security Safe Walk – Campus Security provides escorted walks from one area of campus to another at any time of day or night.

Queen’s International Centre -provides support and activities for students who are new to Queen’s, Kingston and Canada. Services include orientation activities, advice and counselling, and support for spouses, partners and families.

QMobile – Queen’s Information Technology Services provides a number of mobile phone services for students. Plans feature low international calling rates, unlimited Canadian calling, unlimited texting and includes the use of a smartphone with select plans. Data plans for hubs and tablets are also available.

Transit– a free City of Kingston Transit pass is included with your student fees, giving you access to buses both on and off-campus.

What to bring?

  • You’ll need:
  • Sheets, blankets and a pillow
  • Winter clothing
  • Desk lamp
  • Ethernet cable and wireless router (link to wireless router info)
  • A small first-aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Dishes and eating utensils
  • Laundry bag
  • Bathrobe and container for soap, shampoo, etc.
  • Ear plugs
  • Some students purchase mini fridges upon arrival for their rooms
  • Cookware and Dishes, should you wish to cook in common areas

Kingston has many stores if you need to purchase these items when you arrive.

We provide:

  • Single bed (you must bring your own sheets, pillow and bedding)
  • Dresser
  • Desk
  • Bulletin board
  • Bookshelf
  • Chair
  • Mirror
  • Data connection (requires ethernet cable, you may also want to bring a
    wireless router)
  • Laundry facilities and a laundry card that can be loaded with funds to use the machines

Jean Royce hall bedroom bed

Please do not bring:

  • Illegal substances
  • Small cooking appliances (kettle, coffee maker, etc.)
  • Candles
  • Halogen lamps

Cooking and Meal Plans

Jean Royce Hall has a small kitchenette on every floor shared between 12 rooms for preparing small meals, but you will need to bring your own cookware, dishes and eating utensils. Students are also responsible for cleaning their own dishes and putting food away. Exchange floors all have a small kitchenette.

We offer a number of meal plan options, ranging from 5 meals per week and $200 Flex $ to the annual 320Plus plan, with 320 dining hall meals, 200 Trade-A-Meals (TAMs) and $550 in Flex $!  Meals are available in 3 dining halls, including one in Jean Royce Hall. There are also 22 retail food outlets across campus, including a barista bar at Jean Royce.

  • Flex $ are taxable funds we provide in addition to your meal plan. These funds can be used to purchase snacks and meals in our retail food outlets. You can also add them to a TAM
  • Trade-A-Meal (TAMs) Our Trade a Meal option allows you to “trade in” one of your dining hall meals for a designated Trade a Meal specials in retail! Simply look for the TAM logo in any of our 22 retail locations on campus and let the cashier know you would like to use your meal plan TAM for that meal!

Living in Res

You’ll be living on the same floor as other exchange students, in a building with both domestic and international students. Dons, who are upper-year students organize fun activities, help to build community, and can provide advice about resources and programs on campus.

All rooms are single rooms.  Washrooms are mixed gender with single use showers and toilets.

All students must agree to abide by our Community Standards (2018-2019), which are our guiding principles for creating a community environment where students can feel a sense of belonging, build resilience and be academically successful.

How to Apply: 

Information and the link to our application page can be found here. You’ll be able to access our application page once you’ve received an Offer of Admission from Queen’s. We use a lottery system to assign rooms for Fall only and Fall/Winter exchange students. We will let you know if you are successful in getting a room shortly after the July deadline.  Winter exchange spaces are on a first come, first served basis based on receipt of both the application and deposit. You will be notified within a few days of submission if you have secured a room.

Please note:

  • A $525.00 CDN deposit must be sent in by the deadline in order for your application to be considered.
  • On your application you will be asked to agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the residence contract (link here). This is a legal and binding contract for the term that you live in residence – please read it carefully so that you understand your obligations.

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