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Resources for Parents and Guardians of Students

At Queen's, our welcoming living and learning environments offer students the programs and services needed to be successful. Of course, students still look to their parents or guardians for guidance.

This page is designed to provide you, Queen's parents and guardians, with information and resources to empower your student to succeed, both academically and personally, at Queen's.

To the Families of our incoming first-year students:

Welcome to the Queen’s community! We are eager to welcome the Class of 2020 to campus as we celebrate our 175th anniversary!

Things to note before September:

  • Students should be checking our Next Steps website for things to do before Move-in Day!
  • Our weekly Wednesday summer webinars continue in support of students’ transition to Queen’s.
  • Students with disabilities who will require academic accommodations are encouraged to register as soon as possible with Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS).
  • Students with severe food allergies are encouraged to connect with Food Services.
  • QSuccess: Starting in fall, first-year students can participate in webinars about university expectations and academic standards that help with study skills and time management strategies, making healthy lifestyle choices, and feeling supported at Queen’s. Some students are also eligible for Q Success Mentoring – an intensive and individually tailored 1:1 peer mentoring program.

We’ll see you on Move-in Day – Sunday, September 4!

If you have any questions, please email parents@queensu.ca.

Important Dates


  • August 1: Civic Holiday (university is closed)
  • August 1: Final transcripts due for undergraduate students from outside Ontario
  • August 10: All awards posted to student accounts in SOLUS
  • August 15: APA requests due for students not paying fall tuition and SAL in full by Sept. 1
  • August 15-16: Summer Term exams (July-August Session)
  • August 23: Open Enrolment begins. (Not applicable to all students; see Guide to Registration and Fees)
  • August 26: Recommended deadline for fall tuition to ensure it is received by Sept. 1
  • August 26: Residence room assignments are emailed to students and residence fees are posted to student accounts
  • August 29-September 15: Student ID Card validation open
  • Late August: Q Success registration opens


  • September 1: Fall Tuition and Student Assistance Levy due in full. (See Payment Methods
  • September 1: Fall Term begins
  • September 5: Labour Day (university is closed)
  • September 4: Move-in Day for incoming students. (Check your assigned time from Residence. Also, plan to attend a Parent Information Session)
  • September 4-11: Orientation Week
  • September 12: Fall Term classes begin
  • September 23: Last date to add/drop classes without financial penalty
  • September 30: Total student account balance due (Fall Residence, Student Activity Fees, UHIP)
  • September 30: AMS opt out period ends for Student Activity Fees and Health and Dental Coverage

Sessional dates:

  • When making travel plans, be sure to check the sessional dates specific to your student's faculty/school.
  • Academic calendars provide additional information on regulations, policies, programs, courses and degree requirements; or visit your student's faculty site for more details.

Fees and deadlines:

Other important and timely updates are available in the monthly newsletters sent to students by the Registrar's Office. (See also: Information for Parents and Guardians.)

You Might be Thinking About...

Parents of First-Year Students
Parents of International Students
The Paperwork
Housing and Residence
  • Subscribe to Campus Connection – a newsletter for parents by Queen's Residences, and visit the Parents section of their website
  • About meal plans: For students living both on and off campus
  • Queen's Community Housing manages university-owned off-campus student rental properties and operates a service where local landlords list available student rental units.
  • Student-Community Relations (formerly "Town Gown"): Bringing students and community together, providing guidance and fostering a spirit of community
  • City of Kingston: Information for residents including garbage, recycling, parking and property-related services and rules
Health, Wellness and Safety
Learning Support