First Year Undergraduate Student

Information for the 2019/2020 school year is coming soon

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 8, 2018

Please note:

  • 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 6, 2018
  • half of the balance of your residence fees are due September 30, 2018; the remainder is due January 31, 2019

How to apply:

hands at a laptop keyboardYou 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 Res!

Learn more about our application form:

Room types
Residence Accommodations
Roommate matching
Scholarship and Major Award Winners
Living Learning Communities and Theme Floors

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.

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.

Special Considerations

While rooms in residence are generally assigned on a random lottery basis, in some cases a disability or medical 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 medical condition into consideration during the room assignment process, you and a regulated health care practitioner will be asked to complete a Residence Special Considerations Forms (Medical). The regulated health care professional who completes this form will be asked to use their assessment and detailed knowledge of your disability or medical 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 professional by the June 8th application deadline.  Alternately, the doctor may give the form to the student in a sealed envelope to give to Residence Admissions.  If you are requesting special consideration for a non-medical reason which may include a long bed for height, cultural or religious reasons or for sexual and/or Gender Identity reasons, please fill out a Special Consideration Form (Non-Medical).

This form does not replace the standard residence application process — you must complete the residence application and make the application deposit by the required deadlines. It’s important to remember that we are only able to make arrangements for students who submit the Residence Special Considerations Forms (Medical) with the application form by the deadline. We recommend submitting your form to your health care practitioner as soon as possible to avoid any delays. In the past, students have submitted forms after the June deadline or in some cases after room assignments have been released. In such cases it is very unlikely we will be able to accommodate you due to a limited number of available rooms.

Watch our video on Special Considerations for more information:

Next Steps:

Students in Tri-Colour peaking around a treeJoin 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

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