Moving In


Move-in Day is Saturday, September 1st, 2018!


We update this page regularly with important dates, move-in tips and driving directions, including updates to any city and campus construction

Before you arrive
Getting to your building
Where to eat
What to bring to residences
Computers, ResNet and Wifi Routers
Videos for Parents and Students

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Before you arrive:

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You will receive your room assignment at the end of August, along with your assigned move-in time and and directions to your building.  Please respect your assigned move-in time to help with the flow of traffic and lineups for elevators.
  • Your room will be ready the morning of move-in day. Early move-in or storage of your items is not available.  Please do not send items in advance. If you require accommodations/storage in Kingston prior to that date, be sure to book accommodations early as local hotels/motels book up quickly.  Students who arrive early will be required to wait until 8:00 a.m. on September 1st. Campus streets are blocked off and building doors are locked until 8:00 a.m. that day.
  • Once you have received your room assignment please navigate to the “Our Buildings” tab and then click on the building you will be moving into. There you will see specific directions to your building and be able to download both a campus map and a zone card specific to your building. We ask that you print the zone card and place it in your windshield on the day of move-in
  • Visit our Checking In page for more information about checking in, keys, “Room Assessment” forms and more.
  • Learn about what to bring and what not to bring to campus
  • Ensure you know how to prepare your computer
  • Do you have a food allergy? Make sure you contact us before you arrive (613-533-2935 or to set up an appointment to discuss your specific needs
  • Watch our webinar about living in residences.
  • Make sure you are following us on Facebook and/or Twitter, as we’ll be sending out live posts and tweets on September 1st.

Please note:

  • Please do not leave your vehicle unattended while dropping belongings. Cars left without a valid driver will be towed to an outer campus parking lot.
  • There is a 3-hour parking limit for all surface lots
  • Please use the instructions provided on your students’ assigned building page, as GPS / online maps may not be accurate due to construction and the re-routing of streets on campus.


Getting to your building:

  • Follow the instructions from our website to get to campus
  • Place your coloured zone card on your windshield so that volunteers can direct you
  • Watch for coloured zone signs for the correct route to your building area and follow signs and the police/volunteers. We’ll also be tweeting and posting online to provide up-to-date information about lineups and available parking lots.
  • Stop at your building, check-in, drop your belongings and have someone take your car to a parking lot (3-hour time limit). Please do not leave your vehicle unattended – any vehicles left without a valid driver will be towed to an outer campus parking lot.
  • There are a few carts available – but you may want to bring a portable luggage cart if you have one (note: not all buildings have elevators).
  • If someone is helping you move in, consider asking them to take boxes and extra items home with them, as there is no storage in residence.
  • Volunteers will be on site to assist students from 8am to 4pm, but if you need specific assistance moving in, please contact us in advance at : or (343)-364-0067
  • Please don’t bring the family pet – residences are animal-free (except for service animals).
  • Don’t forget that Orientation is ‘dry’ – no alcohol is allowed in any of our residences (even for students 19 +) until September 11th.
  • To help everyone settle into our Residence community, guests are also not permitted in Residence during Orientation Week.
  • Once students have moved in, they will be joining their floormates for activites and floor meetings.

*Note: there are no early arrivals available. Please do not arrive prior to 8:00 a.m., and do not park your car on campus overnight, as it will be towed




Where to eat:

  • Some retail food outlets will be open but you may also want to bring snacks and water with you as well. Come prepared for lineups — it’s a busy day!


What to Bring to Residences:

WAIT until you receive your room assignment to buy:
– if you’re in Leggett, Watts, Brant or Smith, you’ll need queen-sized sheets. For all other buildings – TwinXL sheets work best. Wait until you receive your room assignment to purchase or keep your receipt.
Fridge – mini-fridges are allowed in residence, however some some buildings (Brant and Smith) already have them in the room.
Router – students often bring a router for wireless access in their room, however Brant and Smith Houses have wireless access in all rooms.
infographic of what to and what not to bring to residences.


Get some tips from our students:

What to Bring to Residence from Queen’s Housing & Hospitality on Vimeo.



Computers, ResNet and Wifi Routers:

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Videos For Parents & Students

Our Living In Residence Video Collection offers a preview of life in Residence at Queen’s. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.