First-Year Undergraduate Students

We are excited to welcome you – the class of 2024 – to our community!

We don’t know what impact the COVID-19 pandemic will still be having on our lives and our city this fall.  Faculties and schools are planning for primarily remote learning for the fall term, due to the anticipated need for continued physical distancing and compliance with public health requirements. Read Vice-Provost and Dean Ann Tierney’s message to the first-year class to learn more about what this means for your program. 

We expect most course delivery will need to be done through remote means in the fall. We are accelerating our efforts in planning for remote courses to ensure we are ready to offer the exceptional academic experience Queen’s students have come to expect.  Even with most course delivery by remote means, we anticipate students will still want to live in our residences this fall. With continued input from Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, we are assessing how physical distancing requirements can be implemented in our buildings, so that we can provide safe living spaces. This means offering single room spaces only in both our traditional and single-plus-style residences, increasing cleaning in communal areas, supporting those who will need to self-isolate as they arrive on campus or during their time in residence, as well as limiting gatherings in all building areas. We will not be able to house as many students as we typically do, but we are committed to fostering the residence community we are renowned for among the students who are living on campus during this time.  No matter what, we are committed to providing you with the same extraordinary education and outstanding student experience we are renowned for.

We are working on community-building programming over the coming weeks and throughout the summer to connect you with peers and prepare you for your studies with us. Queen’s has extensive supports and services to assist you; we are with you every step of the way!

We know you have a lot of questions about residence availability and operations. We do not have all the answers yet, but will share information as soon as we have it. We ask for your patience as we continue to plan for the fall term.

Residence applications are open and are being processed. The deadline to apply and pay your deposit is June 8 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. If we are unable to provide a space for you in residence, deposits will be refunded. 

We look forward to having you join our incoming class!

If I decide not to live in residence due to the pandemic, can I have my deposit back?

Normally, deposits are not refundable. This year, deposit refunds will be available, once final decisions are made about the fall semester. We will communicate directly with any student who has made a deposit, to advise you of your options and applicable timelines for a deposit refund, once further details are available.

Residence applications are open and are being processed. The deadline to apply and pay your deposit is June 8 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. We look forward to having you join our incoming class!

Now that the university has announced online classes, what does that mean for the residence guarantee this fall?

With continued input from Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, we are assessing how physical distancing requirements can be implemented in our buildings, so that we can provide safe living spaces.  This means considerations such as single room spaces only in both our traditional and single-plus-style residences, increasing cleaning in communal areas, supporting those who will need to self-isolate as they arrive on campus or during their time in residence, as well as limiting gatherings in all building areas. It is expected that we will not be able to house as many students as we typically do and therefore we would not be able to guarantee a space in residence to all first year students this fall.

What will be the process to determine who lives in residence?

We are developing a process for students to outline their individual circumstances that would support their need to live on campus in the fall.  Further details will be communicated later in June to all students who have applied to residence and made their deposit by the June 8 deadline.

If classes go back to in-person in the winter term, will residence be guaranteed in the winter?

The university is hopeful that in-person classes will resume on campus in the winter term and hope that we will be able to accommodate everyone in residence.  As the situation continues to evolve, we will be guided by the advice of KFL&A Public Health regarding any occupancy limitations that may apply for the winter term.  Our goal will be to offer residence spaces to as many students as possible and to assist all first year students with accommodation in Kingston.

I am concerned about making out of province travel plans for move in.  When will I know if I have a space in residence?

Specific timelines are not yet available. We will be communicating with all students who have applied to live in residence about next steps and availability for the fall. We are actively planning for a move-in process that will respect physical distancing requirements. We anticipate that the move-in process will take place over several days. Further information will be communicated as soon as possible.

With fall courses being online, will upper year students be able to apply for residence? 

With additional input from KFL&A Public Health, we are assessing how physical distancing requirements will be implemented in our buildings, which will determine how many students could safely live in residence.  Spaces may be available for graduate students and students in professional programs that will be delivered through on-campus instruction this fall. More information will be available soon with respect to this option.

Will there be any orientation opportunities for Fall semester even with online learning?

Yes! University and student leaders are in the process of making plans for an online orientation program. Stay tuned for more details on the SOAR Summer Orientation page!

I am worried about connecting with/meeting other students with online learning from home – is residence life planning ways for students to interact socially?

We are committed to ensuring you have opportunities to connect and engage with your peers and upper-year mentors, which is a key component of the first-year experience at Queen’s. 

We are working with our student leaders and others on campus on a comprehensive plan to provide opportunities to connect with other members of the Class of 2024, get key advice from upper-year students on campus and receive the supports you need to thrive.

More information will be shared over the coming weeks and months, as decisions about fall operations are made.

I am an upper-year student who has already selected my residence room for the fall – can I still move in as planned on September 5? If I decide not to live in residence, can I get my deposit back?

We currently expect that you will be able to live on campus. Your room assignment may change, and the move-in date may be adjusted to meet physical distancing requirements during the move-in process. If you choose to cancel your contract by June 30th, you will be eligible to receive your deposit back (it will be credited to SOLUS); if you choose to cancel, a room will not be held for you for the winter term.

If I can’t live in residence this year, will I be able to next year?

We want to be able to provide as many students as possible with a residence experience and we will be exploring all options. We will continue to comply with public health requirements and be prepared to adjust capacity and availability as the situation evolves.


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.

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.


Accommodations

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

I’m having trouble connecting with my health care provider to get my accommodation form filled out. What should I do?

Some health care providers are doing phone appointments to fill out the accommodation forms.  If your regular Health Care Provider is unable to do this you could ask  another health care provider (specialist) who has knowledge of your health condition.  Keep in mind that the forms are not due until June 8th so depending on the evolving COVID-19 situation, you may be able to have your form filled out at a later date while still meeting our deadline.  If you are unable to have your form filled out by mid-May, please contact reshouse@queensu.ca and the Admissions Manager can discuss some other options.

I have more questions – who can I contact?

Please email reshouse@queensu.ca and someone from our team will be happy to assist you.