Visiting Campus & Kingston

Re-live old memories – and create new ones.

No matter what year you graduated, coming back to Kingston will always hold special memories – and new surprises. While much of the historical city remains the same, Kingston continues to evolve. Its dynamic downtown, world-class waterfront and historical attractions beckon visitors from around the world. Queen’s campus - nestled between it all – continues to expand and prosper while maintaining its close-knit community. Reconnect with the campus and city of your youth – and discover just how much they’ve both grown up.

Queen's Visitor Information

Directions to Queen's

Visiting Queen’s Campus 

Queen's Guide to Getting Around Campus

Re-acquaint yourself with the campus and take an escorted tour. Tours leave Grant Hall during the Alumni Meet & Greet event:

  • Friday from 11:30am-6:00pm.
  • Saturday from 8:30am-12:00pm.

To arrange a tour at a different time almost any day of the year, please contact the Campus Tours team in the Registrar’s Office.

Many buildings are hosting Open Houses over the weekend - check out the Homecoming Events Calendar for the most up to date times and information. The following key venues are always open to the public:

Use the Queen’s Interactive Campus Map to do your own tour.

Queen's Clothing and Merchandise

Need a sweater for the football game? There are several places on campus to buy some new Queen's gear:

Visiting Kingston

Kingston's Visitor Information Centre is located at 209 Ontario Street in the heart of downtown across from Kingston's historic City Hall. It is open daily to answer all your questions about what to see and do or where to stay or dine – all the local information you need to help make your stay an enjoyable one.

The Visitor Information Centre also offers the convenience of purchasing tickets for some of Kingston's world class attractions including Fort Henry National Historic Site, Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises and the Confederation Tour Trolley.

Accommodation in Kingston

There are a number of hotels and historic inns in downtown Kingston that offer premier accommodation. Visit Tourism Kingston for the most comprehensive list of available accommodation. 

For group bookings, check with your Reunion Coordinator in the Classes, Clubs & Groups Directory to see if one has been made for your year at a Kingston hotel.

This information is typically shared in your Class Reunion emails.  If you are not receiving your emails, we might not have current contact information for you. Update your information through our secure Address Update form or email our Contact Centre.

Tip: Group Bookings are often released about 5-6 weeks before Homecoming if the rooms haven’t been booked.  If you checked during the summer and were unable to find availability, it’s possible that more space at the key downtown hotels will open up closer to the homecoming date.

Restaurants and Eating in Kingston

Downtown Kingston boasts a number of gourmet and causal dining options. Take advantage of the many patios while the weather still cooperates, or take a side trip to Prince Edward County and explore Canada’s hottest growing wine region.

If you’re hungry for a bit of nostalgia, you can hit old favourites like the Brew Pub, Morrison’s and the Grad Club or eat a meal in your old cafeteria.  Visit Queen’s Hospitality Services for cost and times of meals.

On both Saturday and Sunday morning of Homecoming weekend, anytime between 9:30-11:30 AM, you can come to Leonard Hall for a delicious "all-you-care-to-eat" brunch at Leonard Cafeteria along with current students. Just $10 at the door. No need to buy tickets in advance.

Getting Around Campus & Downtown

Parking

Parking is free in all on-campus lots on weekends and after 5:00pm on weekdays. 

During Homecoming, we recommend you leave your car at the hotel when coming to campus. Kingston is a very walk-able city and the downtown is a short stroll from campus. Large sections of campus are closed to car traffic on Homecoming Weekend making parking and driving difficult.

Visit Queen's University – Interactive Campus Map for a complete description of parking on campus.

If for accessibility reasons, you require parking on campus, please contact our Reunions Staff

Downtown Kingston has metered parking on most streets and a mix of parking lots and garages. Kingston Parking provide more information on rates and lot locations.

Kingston Transit

Kingston Transit provides bus service within the urban area of the City of Kingston. With a variety of convenient and accessible travel options, it's easy to get you where you want to go.

For bus schedule and maps, visit Kingston Transit. You can also access the Transit Schedule on your phone using Google Maps.

Taxis

Kingston has three taxi services: