First-Year Undergraduate Student

Application for residence for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available on March 2, 2020

Know your deadlines

If you are a full-time first-year student, you are guaranteed a place in residence provided you submit your application and pay your deposit by the deadline.

Application and deposit $525.00 (CDN) deadline: 4:00 p.m. EDT., June 8, 2020.

How to apply in 4 steps

If you are planning to live in residence, and have been offered admission to Queen’s, please complete the application process and submit your deposit by 4:00 p.m. EDT., June 8, 2020, to receive your residence guarantee.

Step 1: Accept your offer of admission to Queen’s on the Ontario University Application Centre.

Step 2: Login to the NetID profile manager webpage and activate your NetID account using the 8 digit student ID number provided to you at the time of your Queen’s application.

Step 3: Complete your residence application.

Step 4: Pay your $525 (CDN) residence deposit.

Residence Fees

The $525 residence deposit is due with the residence application on June 8, 2020. The remainder of your residence fees will be split in two. The first half is due by September 30, 2020, and the second half is due by January 31, 2021.

Residence applications will not be processed until your deposit is received

Learn more about our residence fee schedule, deposits, information and refund policy here.

Living Learning communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are floors or clusters of rooms where students with similar interests and values live together and engage in creative, social, and educational programming related to the topic of their specific community. 

Academic Faculty-Based Floors

  • Computer Science Floor
  • Nursing Floor
  • Science Floor

Interest-Based Floors

  • Active Living Floor
  • Bimaadiziwin Ka’nikonhriyo (Indigenous & Allies) Floor
  • Creative Arts Floor
  • Eco-Friendly Floor
  • Leadership Floor

Read about our communities.

LLCs provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Meet like-minded friends
  • Connect with a variety of Queen’s Faculty outside of the classroom
  • Share goals, projects, and challenges
  • Benefit from peer and professionally-led events created with students’ interests and development in mind

Core LLC Experiences

  • Learning Lunches: Shared lunches with faculty or staff members
  • Bi-Weekly Community Meetings: Led by LLC Don where current programs and events are discussed
  • Leadership Skill-Building Workshops: All members of the LLCs come together to improve leadership skills and network
  • LLC Legacy Project: A year-long project that each LLC will pass on to the incoming LLC students

Click here to see the Living-Learning Communities Viewbook

Lifestyle Based communities

Study Floor

Open to:  students who are interested in a study-focused environment. Our study floor, featuring 22 hours of quiet each day, is ideal for students looking for a quiet living atmosphere within residence. Residents and their guests both agree to abide by the principles of this floor by maintaining low noise levels

Alcohol & Cannabis not preferred community

Open to:  students who are willing to make an affirmative commitment to maintaining a living environment free from alcohol, cannabis and other drugs.  Led by their Don, students in this community will be asked to take an active role in creating a community agreement that outlines community expectations, norms and desires.  You may be interested in this community if you:

  • have made a conscious choice not to engage in substance use (alcohol, cannabis or other drugs)
  • make this choice based on personal or family history with substance abuse, or addiction, personal or faith-based convictions or for any other reason.

In this community, students will find less peer pressure to use substances and more support in choosing not to consume.


If you require specific accommodations, either health or non-health related as part of your residence application, submit your request using our required Residence Health/non-Health accommodation forms.  These forms are due by the June 8 deadline, along with your application. For more information and to access the forms, please visit the accommodation page link here.

Roommate matching

You are able to request a specific roommate on the residence application. Students wanting to room together will need to choose a group leader.  The group leader will need to click the “create group” button on the application and invite others to join the group.  The student(s) invited will then be responsible for accepting or declining the invitation.  Students must accept or decline by the June 8 application deadline.  The group leader will be able to check the status of who has accepted or declined.

Please keep in mind the following when requesting a roommate(s)

  • You cannot choose roommates in single plus rooms – these are not shared rooms.
  • The leader must know all of the potential roommates’ full name(s) in Solus and eight-digit student ID number(s)
  • Any changes to the group and all acceptances must be completed by June 8, 2020.
  • Be sure to discuss your building preferences with your roommate(s) in advance of the self-selection week in July. Whichever roommate has the earliest self-selection window will be responsible for choosing the room for the group.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee roommate matches.

Roommates share an economy double in Victoria Hall Residences

Room Self-Selection

We are excited to allow you to choose your residence room through self-selection.

You will be provided a date and time for self-selection in the following order:

  1. Students with accommodations will be able to select from a group of rooms that meet their accommodation needs.
  2. Athletes, Indigenous students and Scholarship and major award winners will be able to select rooms based on their guarantees.
  3. Students who have been accepted into Living Learning communities and lifestyle-based communities will be able to select rooms from those designated communities.
  4. Students who have created roommate groups will have rooms relevant to the number of students in their group available for self-selection.
  5. Remaining students will be given a lottery date and time (morning or afternoon) in mid-July to select a residence room. Details of your specific time for self-selection will be sent to your Queen’s email account by July 6th, 2020. Self selection times are generated by a computerized lottery system.

Lottery numbers will determine the timing of when you are given the opportunity to select your room (lowest lottery numbers going first).  If you are unable to select during your designated time, you will automatically go into the next self-selection group and so on until everyone has been given a chance to self-select.  If you haven’t chosen a room when the July self-selection period ends, the Residence Admissions office will place you using a randomized lottery using the rooms remaining.

Frequently Asked Questions

I heard this used to be a lottery. Why did you change?

While we are still using lottery numbers to decide the date and time students get to self-select, we are hoping that students having ownership over choosing their own room and community will result in more students being happy with their residence placement.

Why can I no longer choose room type preferences on the application?

Because students are able to self-select their own room this year, there is no longer an option to list room type preferences on the application. When a student logs in to self-select their room, there will be an option to narrow their choices down to room type preference as part of that process

Before I select my room, I’d like more information about my room (ie. what size is the bed, is there a fridge? Wifi? What amenities are in the building I’ve been assigned to)?

A:  Please visit the “our buildings” tab on the Queen’s residence website. It has specific details regarding the amenities for each building, descriptions and pictures of typical rooms and furnishings in that building, internet availability, bed sizes, etc.

 I’ve selected a room but want to change it.

Once your room selection is complete, that is your assigned room. You will have the opportunity to request a room change or switch with another student before move in.

The building I want is full, is there a way for me to know if a room opens up or can I get on a waitlist for that building?

Once your room selection is complete, that is your assigned room. You will have the opportunity to request a room change or switch with another student before move in.

 I’m not happy with the choices that were left for me to select. What can I do to get a better room?

Your choices were reflective of the rooms available based on your lottery number. There will be an opportunity to request a room change at a later date.

I have an approved health accommodation. How will I know there will be a room to self-select that meets my accommodation needs?

If you have an approved health accommodation, only rooms that meet your accommodation needs will be available for you to select from. If you have several different approved accommodations, Residences will work with you to ensure all needs are met. This may mean that you are exempt from the self-selection process if your accommodation needs are very specific.

 I am withdrawing from Queen’s. Am I able to give my room to another student I know?

Rooms becoming available through withdrawals and cancellations will be offered to students on our waitlist who do not otherwise have a room unless there are students prioritized to move for health accommodations.

How can I tell which rooms have already been selected?

They will not show as available rooms when it is your turn to self-select

 I’m not able to make my assigned self-selection date/time. What do I do?

You will be able to self- select in all of the time slots following your designated time until the self-selection process is complete. If you have not self-selected when the self-selection process is complete, you will be randomly placed in one of the rooms that have not been chosen.

What if I don’t want to self-select? Will I end up with a terrible room?

If you have not self-selected when the self-selection process is complete, you will be randomly placed in one of the rooms that have not been chosen. It is impossible for us to predict what rooms will be left.

 I want to be on the same floor as my friend or I want my friend to share the washroom in a single plus room. What can I do to make this happen?

This will only be possible if there are rooms left on that floor when which ever one of you has the later time slot to self-select .

My preferred roommate has not received their offer of admission yet. Am I able to still select a double room and ensure another student doesn’t select the other space?

If your preferred roommate has not received an offer of admission by the date we allow preferred roommates to self-select, we cannot guarantee placement together.

The only rooms available are on West campus. I do not want to be placed there, how can I avoid this?

Your choices were reflective of the rooms available based on your lottery number. There will be an opportunity to request a room change at a later date.

I have an Athlete, Scholarship/Indigenous guarantee. Am I still guaranteed a single room on Main campus? Can I have my first choice?

The rooms available for you to self-select will all be single or single plus rooms on Main campus however, we cannot guarantee building preferences..

I have been approved to be in a Living Learning Community. How will this affect self-selection?

You will be self-selecting from the room choices that are in the LLC you have been approved to be in.