First Year Undergraduate Student

Application is now available

Please note:

If you are a full-time first year student, you are guaranteed a place in residence – but only if we receive your application and deposit by the deadline! Application and deposit $525.00 (CDN) deadline: 4:00 p.m. EDT., June 10, 2019

  • telephone/online banking payments can take up to 5 business days to reach us –please send your deposit well in advance to ensure your guarantee
    your application will not be processed until your deposit is received
  • You can pay your deposit online, by telephone banking or by wire transfer. We do not accept cheques or credit cards
    late applicants will be placed on a waiting list for residence
  • $325.00 of your $525.00 deposit is refundable if you cancel in writing to Residence Admissions at by July 5, 2019
    half of the balance of your residence fees are due September 30, 2019; the remainder is due January 31, 2020

How to apply:

You apply to Queen’s Residences using our online application and your Queen’s Student Number. Applications will be available by February 1st. You cannot save your application mid-way, so please make sure you set aside time to complete all components.

Watch our webinar to learn more about our buildings, meals, residence life and what you need to know to apply to Residence!

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Need help filling out your application?

We have information and videos to help you through the process

How residence rooms are assigned

Each student is randomly assigned a lottery number using a computer program. Using this number, the computer program goes through each application sequentially. The chances of getting your preference depends on a number of variables, including the lottery number, the number of students with similar preferences, and the availability of particular preferences in any given year. Please note that the lottery includes rooms on both main and west campus.
We typically notify students about their room assignment in late August.  Although residence is guaranteed for first year students who meet the application and deposit deadlines, Queen’s Residences reserves the right to provide temporary or interim room assignments that may change up to or post-move in.

Gender identity and room assignments

The Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) gave students the option of not identifying their gender on their university application. At Queen’s, we respect a person’s right to choose whether to disclose their gender identity and therefore use the identification provided on the OUAC application to assign rooms.

If a student chooses not to disclose their gender identity on OUAC, they will be contacted by the Residence Admissions office to see if they would like their gender considered in regards to their room assignment. If they decide not to, it’s possible that a student may be in a shared bedroom (double, triple or quad) with a student of any gender or sharing a semi-private washroom with students of any gender identity (single-plus assignment).  If this is the case, you will be sharing  only with other students who have also not disclosed their gender identity through a parallel lottery process.

Health Accommodations

While rooms in residence are generally assigned on a random lottery basis, in some cases a disability or health condition and the related functional limitation may be taken into account in the room assignment process.

If you would like us to take a disability or health condition into consideration during the room assignment process, you and a regulated health care provider will be asked to complete a Residence Health Accommodation form. The regulated health care professional who completes this form will be asked to use their assessment and detailed knowledge of your disability or health condition to inform us of the relevant functional limitations, and will also be asked to forward the form directly to our office.  This form must be returned to Residence Admissions by your health care provider by the June 10th application deadline.  Alternately, the health care provider may give the form to the student in a sealed envelope to give to Residence Admissions.  If you are requesting accommodation for a non-health related reason which may include a long bed for height (6’4″ or taller), cultural or religious reasons or for sexual orientation or Gender Identity/Expression reasons, please fill out the Non-medical Accommodation Request Form for Residences.

Accommodation forms do not replace the standard residence application process — you must still complete the residence application and make the deposit by the required deadlines. It’s important to remember that  the Residence Health Accommodation form is required by the same deadline as your application and deposit on June 10th. We recommend submitting your form to your health care practitioner as soon as possible to avoid any delays. While late submissions will be considered, we may be limited to what accommodations we can provide after  the deadline.

Watch our video on Special Considerations for more information:

Room assignment notifications

Room assignment notifications will start in late July and continue through August. Most students will be notified in August. Our goal is to place as many students as possible in their preferred room choices and to endeavour to provide assignments as early as possible to as many students as possible. More information will be posted to the residence website mid-June with specifics on weeks in which assignments will be released and the identified groups that will be notified on each date.

Next Steps:

Join us for our Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) in July! SOAR is a one-day summer orientation program for incoming students and their families. The program aims to ease your transition to Queen’s by helping you prepare for new academic expectations, addressing questions or concerns about university life, and introducing you to on-campus resources and support services. Connect with upper-year students, staff, and faculty, and to learn about common transition issues, life in residences, strategies for academic success, faculty-specific course enrolment and fees, as well as career and experiential learning opportunities. For more information and to register, visit or contact