Student Experience Office

Student Experience Office


Student Experience Office

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University Orientation Events

From Sunday, September 3rd to Tuesday, September 5th, we offer a number of events to help you get to know your new floormates, get to know campus, and have some fun!

Blake Fly at Queen's Welcomes U

Queen's Welcomes U

Join the rest of the Class of 2021 at your official welcome to Queen's. You'll hear from some of the most important people on campus, be inspired to make the most of university life by our keynote speaker, and participate in your very first Oil Thigh with Queen’s Bands. You'll understand the real meaning of tricolour by the end!

Existere Opening Dance


Ready for a unique Queen's experience? Then you're ready for Existere! Existere is a social action theatre group that aims to raise awareness around important issues relevant to first-year students. The show is written and performed by Queen's students, and is based on their own experiences.  A favourite part of orientation for many students, Existere will be sure to have you laughing, learning, and nodding in agreement. 

Students eating popcorn during Sunday Night Activities

Sunday Night Activities

After the Queen's Welcomes U event, you are invited to participate in a number of different activities starting at 9:00 PM, including:

  1. Trivia Night @ The Common Ground: Have you brushed up on your Queen’s facts and traditions? Come show off your knowledge at CoGro!
  2. Indoor Movie @ Chernoff AUD: Watch the movie with your floor, or come to make some new friends! T
  3. Basketball & Volleyball @ ARC Upper Gym: A great opportunity to meet some new friends and play low key pick up sports.
  4. Pick-Up Field Games @ Tindall Field: Come play pick-up soccer, toss around a frisbee, or throw a football around.
  5. Quidditch @ Nixon Field: Do you love Harry Potter and have always wished you could play Quidditch? Now is your chance! The Quidditch Club will be running drills and games.

Hungry? We will have fresh popcorn and refreshments that you can pick up at Chernoff AUD.

Mike Domitiz- presenter

Can I Kiss You?

An engaging and interactive presentation that will have you laughing and learning while exploring intimacy in relationships and becoming an expert at saying 'Can I Kiss You?'.

Inflatable at the ResSoc Carnival

ResSoc Carnival

This event is a highlight of University Orientation every year. Enjoy awesome inflatable games, pick up some great free swag from our sponsors, and spend some time hanging out with your floormates. This event is brought to you by your Queen's Residence Society.

Canvas on Campus art exhibit

Canvas on Campus

Be a part of an art exhibit created by you and 4500 other incoming students throughout University Orientation week. By sharing your thoughts and feelings as you enter University (what are you most excited about? most nervous for?), you'll contribute to the development of a giant Queen's flag that is unique to the Class of 2021.

Floor photo taken during Campus Talks on Tour

Campus Talks on Tour

Want to learn more about resources, services, and ways to get involved with student life? Join your don as they take you around campus and give you some need-to-know information to start the year on the right foot!

Casino Night poker game

Welcome Home Night

Welcome Home Night is full of awesome activities for you to check out, so whether you're interested in playing poker or blackjack, want to share your love of music with everyone else, care to explore some of the club opportunities on campus, or are a little hungry, we've got something for you! Upon entrance to this event, each student will receive raffle tickets that they can use to enter our Grand Prize Draw! Prizes include electronics, gift cards, swag baskets, and much more!

  1. Casino Games: Try your hand at Poker, Blackjack or Prize Wheels with your fellow first years! There are also TONS of opportunities to win Prizes!
  2. Open Mic: Share your love of music with our Open Mic night! Hosted by Limestone Music, and featuring student Emcees!
  3. Dessert Tour: Local dessert vendors from downtown Kingston will be showcasing their desserts for you in the ARC Main Gym! 
  4. Clubs: Check out activities from a variety of clubs on campus!

Upon entrance to this event, each student will receive raffle tickets that they can use to enter our Grand Prize Draw! Prizes include electronics, gift cards, swag baskets, and much more!

Alternative Activities

While the events listed above are the major events we plan, and strongly encourage you to attend, we also run a number of alternative events throughout the three days. If you have a little bit of free time, or aren't that interested in the main event taking place, join us at any or all of the following events! Times and locations for all alternative events will be posted in late August.