Finding Housing in Kingston
Need a place to stay while you are house-hunting? Check short-term housing for links.
For extensive information on Kingston's housing market and valuable time-saving tips to help you get started looking for your new home check rental accommodations or buying a home
During the summer months, Kingston is a tourist destination and hotels and B&Bs are busy. Book early for best selection!
Campus residence accommodation (summer only)
During the summer, Queen's residences offer accommodation on the main campus. For reservations: contact Queen's Event Services (613) 533-2223, e-mail email@example.com, or you can book your accommodation online.
The 2012 rates in a standard room (Victoria Hall) are $49.9 single, and $59.99 double, and in a premium room (Leggett Hall) $99 per night for a two bedroom unit. Your room includes bed linens, towels, soap, desk, free Internet (bring your own Ethernet cord) and housekeeping service. Rates are subject to the current rate of tax.
St. Lawrence College also offers summer residence accommodations, a 10 minute car ride from Queen's campus, contact information is located on the college web site.
An Clachan apartments
A series of apartment buildings with one, two and three bedroom apartments within a 30 min. walk from main campus and easy transit ride (11 minutes). An Clachan is a university-owned and managed complex providing housing for students, staff and faculty in a safe neighbourhood close to shopping, libraries and fitness facilities.
Bed and breakfast establishments/short term private rentals
Rates for B&B accommodation in Kingston vary, with summer being most expensive. An extensive listing of Bed and Breakfast establishments in the Kingston area is available on the Bed and Breakfast Canada site. If you are unsure of the distance of an establishment from the Queen's campus, please contact the operator. The AirB&B site offers rooms in private homes at reasonable rates; you contact the host directly to arrange a stay. Trip Advisor also offers vacation rentals which may be suitable for short term stays.
Motels and hotels
A comprehensive list of motels and hotels in the greater Kingston area that offer discounts on weekly and monthly rates is provided by Tourism Kingston.
Canadian University Hotel Rate Program
Holiday Inn Kingston-Waterfront and other local hotels participate in this program with reduced rates for those associated with Queen's University, rate information and further details are available on the CAUBO website.
Bidding on Hotels
Bid on your deal for Kingston hotels at TheBiddingTraveller.com.
Accommodation with kitchenettes, Suites and Furnished Apartments
Rates for efficiency units can vary greatly with the season, summer being peak. The establishments listed below offer rooms with kitchenettes/suites some are within walking distance of the main Queen's campus:
Four Points Sheraton
Ask if there is a preferred Queen's rate in effect.
Junior suites have microwaves, fridge and coffee machine.
For reservations call: (613) 544-4434 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residence Inn by Marriott
Ask if there is a preferred Queen's rate in effect.
Each suite has a full size refrigerator and dishwasher, a ceramic cook top, microwave, and toaster.
For reservations call: 1-888-236-2427 or (613) 544-4888 Email: email@example.com
For reservations call: (613) 546-2008
Sabbatical Homes helps academic communities worldwide to find or list houses or apartments for rent, exchange or house-sit when on sabbatical leave, research trip, exchange program, relocation or vacations. To search, select the type of arrangement you're looking for (ie. rental, homes to sit, home exchange) and enter "Kingston" or "Queen's" as your keyword.
The International Housing Office, located in the International Centre, provides a centralized housing service to all new international and exchange students, visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows. While the primary aim of this office is to assist in-coming international students and scholars with their temporary accommodation needs, the Centre's extensive database is a helpful source of information on available short-term housing.
Queen's Accommodation Listing Service offers a very broad selection of available accommodation of all types, including short-term. Please note that this site is mostly geared to student accommodations.
Tripadvisor.com offers hotel and rate information and traveller reviews.
Kingston's rental market is relatively tight, with a low vacancy rate, due to the high student population. The majority of Kingston landlords require one-year leases.
Expect to spend at least one full day in Kingston viewing units. It is best not to plan this for a weekend, as most of the major property management companies are closed. To make the most of your time, book viewings with the landlord prior to your arrival. If you require a place to stay during your visit, check our short-term accommodation suggestions.
Queen's Town-Gown Relations provides tips for house hunters. The tips are geared to students, but many are applicable to everyone.
Where to look for listings
Some of the property management companies in Kingston include:
- Homestead Land Holdings Limited (waterfront buildings)
- Keystone Property Management Inc
- CJM Property Management
- An Clachan Building Complex (University owned)
- Frontenac Property Management
Sabbatical Homes helps academic communities worldwide to find or list houses or apartments for rent, exchange or to house-sit. To search, enter "Kingston" and "Queen's" as your keyword.
Queen's Accommodation Listing Service registers houses, apartments, and shared accommodation rentals. The site does not allow to filter for rentals specifically geared to faculty. You will have to look for clues in the description of the property - some landlords express their intention to rent to faculty.
If you want to learn more about your rights as a tenant, check the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal.
Buying a Home
2010 Market Outlook
Kingston's housing market is generally quite stable as the City's economy is based on a large public service/institutional base. A Housing Market Outlook provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will provide you with detailed information on resale homes and new construction. For profiles of individual neighbourhoods, visit City Hall.
Step-by-step instructions for buying a home in Canada can be found on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's website.
If you would like a referral to a real estate agent, please contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support office.
Special financing options for Queen's employees
Guaranteed Housing Loan: Queen's has made arrangements to guarantee bank loans to faculty, librarians and archivists to assist in the purchase of a home. Eligible employees may borrow up to $40,000 for a period not to exceed 10 years at a rate of interest equal to the bank's prime rate. For further information and application forms contact the Department of Financial Services, (613) 533-2050.
Browse housing listings in the Kingston area
Realtor.ca offers the most comprehensive list of available houses.
Mortgages for international faculty
If you are moving to Canada from abroad you will find that lenders require a Canadian credit rating before they will grant a mortgage. If this situation applies to you, please contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support Program for a referral to a mortgage lender who has special knowledge of this issue.