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 on Thursday, August 23rd around 4:30pm.
  • 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 the official move-in day (or later than your stated faculty date), YOU MUST EMAIL Residence Admissions at Otherwise, your Room will be given to a student on the Waiting List!

Getting to Queen’s campus from Highway #401:

Arriving by taxi?
Please note that there will be traffic delays and depending on your arrival time, you may spend significant time waiting in traffic queues, which could add to the cost of your fare. Your taxi driver may also not wish to wait in the lineup, and may offer to drop you at an alternate location. Here are some tips to help you avoid long lineups:
-If you’ve been assigned to Jean Royce Hall (west campus), ask the taxi driver to take you there directly. The lines will not be as long for this building.
-If you’ve been assigned to a residence building on main campus, there are two shuttle stops available to help you avoid lineups.

  • Direct your taxi to Richardson Stadium at 70 West Campus Lane. We have arranged for a shuttle bus to take people close to main campus residence buildings, where volunteers will be on hand to assist you with luggage and help you find your building. The shuttle trip will take approximately 10-15 minutes.
  • Direct your taxi to the on-campus shuttle stop [at the corner of King St. and George St. in front of Waldron Tower]. Volunteers will be available to assist you with luggage and help you find your building.Approximate driving times*:
    *With no traffic. Please add additional time due to traffic congestion on move in day.
    ·         Kingston Airport to Stadium Shuttle Stop: 10 minutes
    ·         Kingston Airport to King St Shuttle Stop: 20 minutes
    ·         Kingston Train Station to Stadium Shuttle Stop: 15 minutes
    ·         Kingston Train Station to King St Shuttle Stop: 25 minutes
    ·         Kingston Bus Station to Stadium Shuttle Stop: 15 minutes
    ·         Kingston Bus Station to King St Shuttle Stop: 25 minutes

    You can let your driver know that there are road closures and roads that have been redirected one way.
    Suggested streets to avoid: Sir John A MacDonald Blvd, University Blvd, Union St. Johnson St., Brock St., Collingwood St. Albert St., Barrie St, Stuart St.

No early arrivals available

  • Please plan your arrival carefully, as we are not able to accommodate early arrivals in residence.
  • 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 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.
  • If you need to arrive in Kingston before move-in day, please book accommodations in Kingston. Make reservations early, as hotels book up quickly!

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 retail food outlets on-campus will be open on Move-In Day, 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.
  • 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.
  • Orientation is ‘substance free’ – no alcohol or drugs are allowed in any of our residences during Orientation Week (September 1-9, 2018). Please do not bring any with you as they will be confiscated.

Other items

  • Ensure you know how to prepare your computer
  • 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.
  • To help everyone settle into our Residence community, Guests are not permitted in Residence during Orientation Week (September 1-9, 2018).
  • 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


Visit the Student Experience Office website for our webinars about moving in, academics, life in residences, etc.


Getting to your building

Step-by-step driving instructions, from Highway 401 to Queen’s campus, are available on your building’s page on our website, as well as important Move-In Day instructions.

Please 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. 

For your convenience, we have made a master list of driving directions to all buildings.

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 no more than 5-15 minutes in the drop zone unloading, before moving along to park.


Stop, Drop and Go Park image

Move-In Day Parking Map by Queen's Residence Life 2018


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

visual List of what we provide
Visual list of what should be left at home
visual representation of a packing list

Please 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.
    1. Fridge: mini-fridges are allowed in residence, however some some buildings (Brant and Smith) already have them in the room.
  1. 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 about What to Bring to Residence


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Info about 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: AirPort, D-LinkTP-Link, Netgear, and Linksys

Videos for Students & their families/supports