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Living Off-Campus

This information is intended for students with disabilities looking for accessible off-campus living options.

Queen's Community Housing

As a student with a physical disability, finding an accessible place to live near the Queen's campus is challenging and would depend on what accommodations or alterations you require to fit your needs.

You can start by browsing the Queen's Community Housing website to see if any of the listings would be suitable for your needs. You may also take any questions or concerns to the Student Community Relations Office. Community Housing manages the student rental properties owned by Queen’s University.  This includes two apartment complexes located at west campus – An Clachan and John Orr Tower – as well as a variety of apartments and houses in the University District (Core Rentals) around campus.

Community Housing also operates an Accommodations Listing Service where external landlords can post listings for student rental units. The Landlord Contract Program is also managed by Community Housing.

Varsity Properties

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Park Lane property in Kingston complete with accessible
parking and wheelchair lift.

Varsity Properties has been providing Ontario students with the highest quality housing and resident services since 2003.  We have combined design, development, construction and management into one team that is focused on creating communities that help residents to excel in their studies and extracurricular activities.

Many of our suites are wheelchair accessible.  We have 11 wheelchair accessible apartments at Park Lane (Mack St.); 5 are accessed by a wheelchair lift (photo right) and 6 by a wheelchair ramp. We have apartment buildings and single level town house suites that allow for easy access and convenient living for residents who need accommodation.

Finally, our locations are all within a 12 minute walk to the campuses we serve, to allow for fast car free commuting from home to school.  If you would like additional information please visit our website or call 613-545-3322.

204 Alfred Street

204 Alfred Street is a completely new & gorgeous 3 unit home, just steps from the heart of Queen’s campus. Apartment #1 is a 2-bedroom, wheelchair accessible unit, with a universal design. The front porch has a ramp leading to the no threshold front door. Walk or wheel onto beautiful bamboo floors throughout the unit, heated with comfortable radiant in-floor heating. The kitchen is open concept with a wheel-under sink and cooktop, microwave convection oven drawer, all-in-one washer/dryer, and dishwasher. A radiused wall separates the kitchen from the bathroom, allowing for optimal turning radius in both rooms. A sliding pocket door opens on to the ceramic tiled bathroom, which has a no threshold 5-foot shower, and support bars around the shower and toilet. The two large bedrooms are at the back of the unit. There are no hallways.

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Two of the biggest property management companies/landlords in Kingston are Brock-King Properties and Homestead Land Holding Ltd. Both companies maintain a comprehensive listing of available properties and are willing to discuss alterations or modifications needed on a property to increase accessibility.