Harkness Hall


Mailing Address:

Harkness Hall, Student room #
329 Earl Street
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON K7L 2J4

Front Desk:

Victoria Hall Front Desk
Phone: 613-533-2531
Open 24 hours/day

What does the front desk provide?

Built in 1969, Harkness Hall is named in honour of R.D. Harkness, a chair of Queen’s Board of Trustees in the 1960s. It is located on Earl Street, near the intersection with Alfred Street, one block north of main campus in a residential area near the Smith School of Business and Joseph S. Stauffer Library.

Harkness Hall is a 3-storey mixed gender building that houses only first-year students. It has room for about 100 students in mostly single rooms.

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  • mixed gender environment with three floors of mostly single rooms
  • Bedroom size is typically 8 x 13. Please note that bedrooms can vary in terms of size and furnishings
  • Beds require Twin-XL sized sheets


  • Common rooms and study rooms on each floor*to be confirmed.
  • Located in a residential neighbourhood one block north of main campus
  • Near convenience stores, Stauffer Library, John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) and the Smith School of Business
  • A music room and a games room are located on the lower level *to be confirmed.

  • Washrooms – communal (but gender specific) on each floor
  • Laundry – located on the main level
  • Kitchens – snack kitchens with sink, microwave and refrigerator are located throughout the building
  • Vending Machines – located on the main level
  • Please note: there are no elevators in this building

Important information about moving in to residences

Move-In Day is Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

  • You will receive your room assignment, building address, move-in time, and designated parking area via e-mail at the end of August.
  • Please respect your assigned move-in time to help with the flow of traffic and lineups.
  • If you need specific assistance moving in (e.g. a physical disability), or are arriving via public transit / taxi, please contact our Move-In Assistant at movein@queensu.ca or 1-613-929-2697 as soon as possible to make arrangements.
  • Volunteers will be on site to assist students from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please label all of your belongings with your name, building name and room number so our volunteers can assist you in getting your belongings to your room.
  • Learn about what to bring and what not to bring to campus
  • Harkness Hall is in the Dark Green Zone. Please print the DARK GREEN WINDSHIELD ZONE CARD (PDF) and place it in your windshield before move-in day so our volunteers can direct you to the correct drop-off zone.
  • You may also wish to print the colour-coded Residence Life move-in map 2018 (PDF).

Driving Instructions to HARKNESS HALL – Dark Green Zone

Residence Life move-in map 2018Please follow these driving instructions (not online maps or GPS) as there is construction in Kingston and a number of streets around the campus will be re-routed for Move-In Day.

  1. From Highway 401, take exit #619 to Montreal Street
  2. Continue south on Montreal Street to Brock Street
  3. Turn right on Brock Street
  4. Continue on Brock Street and stay in LEFT LANE, to University Avenue
  5. Turn left on University Avenue
  6. Continue on University Avenue and stay in the RIGHT LANE, to Earl Street
  7. Turn right onto Earl Street
  8. Continue on Earl Street to Harkness Hall
  9. Stop, Drop and Go Park (see image below).
  10. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended while dropping off belongings. Cars left unattended will be towed to an outer campus parking lot.
  11. You will receive a designated parking area. Queen’s University’s on-campus lots are free on Saturday, Sept. 1, however there is a 3-hour parking limit for all surface parking lots.
  12. Parking map coming soon.

Stop, Drop and Go Park image

Please note

  • Campus streets will be closed the night before move-in day (Friday, August 31) to ensure the routes are clear.
  • 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.
  • If you require accommodations/storage in Kingston prior to move-in day, or after you have dropped off your student, please be sure to book accommodations early as local hotels/motels book up quickly.
  • There are a few carts available – but you may want to bring a portable luggage cart if you have one. Note: There are no elevators in Harkness Hall.