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Come to Kingston

We're proud to say that not only are we an official "Intelligent Community" but that the BBC named Kingston as one of the greatest university towns in the world. Kingston is a home-away-from-home not only for students from Queen’s, but also for those attending the Royal Military College and St. Lawrence College - nearly 30,000 in all! We are a student town.

Described by students as both “quaint” and “eclectic,” Kingston is big enough to provide all the conveniences of modern life, and small enough for students, staff, and faculty to feel instantly comfortable and at home.

Queen’s is an integral part of the Kingston community, with the campus nestled in the core of the city, only a 10-minute walk to downtown where all the shopping, dining and water sports occur - it's a happening place that's definitely worth a visit. And while you're here, you may as well visit your child on campus too!

Where to Stay

Kingston offers a wide variety of accommodations from large hotels, such as Four Points by Sheraton, to smaller quaint bed and breakfast locations, like The Hochelaga Inn.

For a complete listing of Kingston accommodations please visit the Official Tourism Kingston website. 

Where to Eat

Where to Eat in Kingston Ontario Canada

More restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada - we know food - good food.

Visitors can enjoy exotic tastes from around the globe without ever leaving the city or indulge in exquisite foods fresh from the field. Within minutes, you can easily walk to over 75 dining establishments from trendy food trucks like Farm Girl Foods in City Park known for her organic and fresh foods to Harper's Burger Bar that was featured on You Gotta Eat Here. In between we have all the popular chains like Jack Astors with a roof top patio with views of Lake Ontario, Lonestar Texas Gril) in the old fire hall and the very first Pita Pit.

On campus alone there are several dining options from Starbucks to Tim Horton's  and a variety of dining options.

We are a dining mecca - hope you're hungry.


For a complete guide to Kingston restaurants, please visit the Official Tourism Kingston website

Things to Do While You're Here

Within walking distance of campus here's a sampling of what your weekend could be:

  1. Watch a Roller Derby Game (link is external)
  2. Go to a concert at the KRock Centre (link is external)
  3. Take in a cool indie show at the Grad Club (link is external)
  4. Go for a stand up paddle board (link is external) on Lake Ontario
  5. Go on a haunted walk (link is external) and learn about our past
  6. See some cool art at the Union Gallery (link is external) or the Agnes Etherington (link is external)
  7. Go for a rock climb at the Boiler Room Climbing Gym (link is external)
  8. Watch professional hockey players take on Kingston during FebFest (link is external)
  9. Go for a sail (link is external) where many olympic sailors come to train

Transportation - Getting Here

We are half way to everything - that's what makes Kingston perfect. Within a few hours you can drive to Toronto, Montreal, New York State and even less to drive to Ottawa). No daily traffic challenges that these large urban centres experience but still easy to get to when you need to. We have a train station that has frequent stops every day, an airport with daily flights, frequent bus services to other urban centres including one right from campus and city transportation once you're here.

Once you're here - use our campus map to find your way around >

Weather in Kingston

While temperatures have been known to reach upwards of 34 degrees Celsius in the summer and as low as -34 degrees Celsius in the winter, on most days Lake Ontario has quite a moderating effect on Kingston weather:

  • an average January day charts a low temperature of -12°C and a high of -3°C;
  • an average July day charts a low of +16°C and a high of +25°C;
  • over the course of the year, Kingston sees a lot more rain than snow.

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Call us at 613-533-2470 or email us.

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