Moving In

Move-in Day is Saturday, September 1st, 2018!
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We update this page regularly with important dates, move-in tips and driving directions, including updates to any city and campus construction. Please check back in late August for the most up-to-date information about move-in day!

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

Residence Life move-in map 2018

Before you arrive:


  • You will receive your room assignment, building address, assigned move-in time, and designated parking area to your e-mail at the end of August.
  • Come prepared for lineups — it’s a busy day!
  • Please respect your assigned move-in time to help with the flow of traffic in and around campus.
  • Plan for extra time to reach campus from the highway, due to increased traffic.
  • ***If you will be arriving later than our official move-in day (or later than your stated faculty date), you must notify Residence Admissions by email at– otherwise, your room will be given to a student on the waiting list!***

Getting to Queen’s campus from Highway #401:

No early arrivals available

  • Please plan your arrival carefully, as we are not able to accommodate early arrivals in residence.
  • If you need to arrive in Kingston before move-in day, please book accommodations in Kingston. Make reservations early, as hotels book up quickly! For more information visit:
  • Please do not park your car on-campus overnight, as it will be towed.
  • Please do not arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • Campus streets will be closed the night before move-in day (Friday, Aug. 31) to ensure that routes are clear, and will not not re-open until 8:00 a.m. on September 1st.

Please contact us in advance at or 1-613-929-2697 if:

  • student has a physical disability or mobility impairment
  • student will be arriving to Kingston by plane, train, or bus on Move-In Day
  • student will be arriving by taxi on Move-In Day
  • student will require other specific assistance with moving in (e.g. broken limb, arriving solo, etc.)

Please contact our chefs in advance at or 1-613-533-2935 if:

  • student has severe allergy and/or anaphylaxis (e.g. nuts, peanuts, shellfish, soy, dairy, gluten, wheat, eggs, etc.)
  • student has special diet (e.g. vegan, halal, kosher)
  • student has other known food allergy

Learn about what to bring and what not to bring to campus

  • Please label all of your belongings with your name, building name & room number.
  • Some of our buildings have wired internet access while others have wireless access. Students who live in a building with wired internet access may want to consider bringing a wireless router. Our website has information about our internet service and wireless routers.
  • Orientation is ‘substance free’ – no alcohol or drugs are allowed in any of our residences during Orientation Week (September 1-9, 2018).
  • There are a few carts available – but you may want to bring a portable luggage cart if you have one.
  • Buildings without elevators: Adelaide Hall, Ban Righ Hall, Harkness Hall, Jean Royce Hall, and McNeill House (to be confirmed).

Orientation Week

  • Students living in residence are automatically enrolled in University Orientation.
  • At Queen’s, each faculty also hosts a unique Faculty Orientation to welcome students to their program and its traditions. Students need to sign-up online for their Faculty Orientation.
  • If you are an undergraduate student new to Queen’s, but it is not your first year of university, you should sign-up for NEWTS Orientation.

Other items

  • Ensure you know how to prepare your computer
  • To help everyone settle into our Residence community, Guests are not permitted in Residence during Orientation Week (September 1-9, 2018).
  • Some retail food outlets on-campus will be open, but you may also want to bring snacks and water with you as well.
  • Along with retail food outlets, the bookstore and some services within the Queen’s Centre (e.g. pharmacy) will be open on Move-in Day.
  • Follow Queen’s University Residences on Facebook and/or @queensures on Twitter, as our team will be sending out live information on Move-In Day



Getting to your building

Step-by-step driving instructions, from Highway 401 to Queen’s campus, are available on your building’s page of our website, along with other important information specific to Move-In Day.

Click on the following driving instructions image, or download the PDF here.


Residence Drop-off & Parking Zones

  • Red Zone: Ban Righ Hall, and Victoria Hall.
  • Orange Zone: Waldron Tower.
  • Yellow Zone: Brant House, McNeill House, Morris Hall, and Watts Hall.
  • Green Zone: Adelaide Hall, Chown Hall, Leggett Hall, and Smith House.
  • Purple Zone: Gordon/Brockington House
  • Blue Zone: Leonard Hall.
  • Dark Green Zone: Harkness Hall.
  • Pink Zone: Jean Royce Hall.
  • Brown Zone: Grad Residence (JDUC).

Residence Life move-in map 2018

When you arrive at your building: “Stop, Drop, and Go Park”

  • Stop at your building, Drop off your belongings, and then immediately take your car to Go Park in your designated parking area.
  • Do not leave your vehicle unattended. Cars left without a valid driver will be towed to an outer campus parking lot.
    • If you are moving in solo, please Stop, Drop and Go Park before returning on foot to Check-in.
    • If someone is helping you move, consider asking them to Go Park your vehicle while you Check-in.
  • It is important to label all of your belongings with your name, building name & room number, so they don’t get lost.
  • Please note that it is each student’s responsibility to get their belongings to their room.
  • However, we will have volunteers on-site to assist from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Drivers should expect to spend approx. 5-10 minutes in the drop zone unloading, before moving along to park.

Stop, Drop and Go Park image


Please follow the official parking directions to your designated parking area.


Check-in & Keys

You will receive your keys and your Queen’s student card at check-in.

  • Please ensure that you have photo ID and your assigned building/room number information with you to help us check you in quickly.

Room Assessment

  • A member of our Residence Life team will be on your floor to welcome you!
  • Soon after you arrive in your room, it is important that you complete the online Room Assessment form.
  • This form will give you the opportunity to notify us of the condition of your room before you have unpacked. It will protect you from being billed for damage or losses that may have been present in your room upon you taking occupancy.
  • Ensure you know how to prepare your computer to connect to ResNet.


  • You are welcome to begin unpacking your belongings, keeping in mind that floor activities will begin at 4:00 p.m. with your first floor meeting.
  • 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.

Move-In Day Schedule

  • 8:00 a.m.      Move-in begins – please refer to your assigned move-in time (check your email)
  • 11:00 a.m.     Family Information Session (in Grant Hall, main campus)
  • 1:00 p.m.      Family Information Session (in Jean Royce Hall, Room C140, west campus)
  • 3:00 p.m.     Family Information Session (in Grant Hall, main campus)
  • 4:00 p.m.     Move-in ends, students attend first floor meeting


Where to eat

Move-In Day Hours of Operation - graphic from Queen's Hospitality Services


Staying overnight?

What to Bring to Residences

infographic of what to and what not to bring to residences.

WAIT until you receive your room assignment to purchase these 3 items:

  1. Sheets
    • if you’re in Leggett, Watts, Brant or Smith, you’ll need Queen-sized sheets.
    • For all other buildings, TwinXL sheets work best.
  2. Fridge: mini-fridges are allowed in residence, however some some buildings (Brant and Smith) already have them in the room.
  3. WiFi Router: students often bring a router for wireless access in their room, however Brant and Smith Houses have wireless access in all rooms


  • Residences provides laundry facilities and laundry cards that need to be reloaded by students at their Front Desk.

Get some tips from our students:

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


Computers, ResNet and Wifi Routers:

  • ResNet provides students in Queen’s University Residences with a wired internet connection. It is run by Queen’s ITS.
  • Before Move-In Day, please review our Internet Services page for information about setting up a network connection for your computer.
  • Connection instructions can be found at
  • Issues with ResNet should be addressed with the IT Support Centre at 613 533 6666 during business hours or by filling out the webform.
  • Please note that the IT Support Centre does offer extended hours of service during September.  Visit the IT Support Centre site for posted hours.
  • Queen’s ITS has gathered a listing of frequently asked questions about ResNet.
  • If you are bringing a WiFi router for your room, we suggest purchasing a reputable brand of reasonable quality.
  • For your convenience, we have prepared instructions for 5 different router models:
hands at a laptop keyboard

Videos for Students & their Families/Supports