Moving In


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

Please note: move-in maps and directions to each residence are currently based on 2017 information and may not be accurate for 2018. Please check back in late August to ensure that you have the correct map and directions.

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
Checking in
Where to eat
What to bring to residences
Computers, ResNet and Wifi Routers
Videos for Parents and Students

a family moving a student into her residence room

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 section 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
  • 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.
  • 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 – PLEASE NOTE THAT 2018 DIRECTIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JULY
  • 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. 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 613-533-2550.
  • Please don’t bring the family pet – residences are animal-free (except for service animals).
  • Don’t forget that Orientation is ‘substance-free’ – no alcohol is allowed in any of our residences (even for students 19 +) until September 10th. Illegal substances are also not allowed in residence.
  • 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




 Checking in:

Important: If you will be arriving later than our official move-in day (or later than your stated faculty date), notify Residence Admissions by email at – otherwise, your room will be cancelled after 3 days.
  • You will receive a move-in time with your room assignment via e-mail at the end of August.
  • You will receive your keys and your student card at check-in. Soon after you arrive in your room, make sure that you complete the on-line ‘Room Assessment’ form. This will give you the opportunity to notify us of the condition of your room and will protect you from being billed for damage or losses that may have been present in your room upon you taking occupancy.
  • A member of our Residence Life team will be there to welcome you!
There are several parking lots on main and west campus (check the ‘parking lots’ tab at the top right of the move-in map to view). You do not require a parking permit for surface lots on move-in day (some underground garages may charge a fee).


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.
Residences provides laundry facilities and laundry cards that need to be reloaded by the student.
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:

hands at a laptop keyboard

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.