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 be welcomed to the Queen's community by a variety of students and staff, be inspired to make the most of university life by our keynote speaker, and learn what it means to be a part of the Gael family. Bring your tricolour, and be ready to shout "Cha Gheill"!

Location: Athletics and Recreation Centre

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. 

Location: Grant Hall

Students eating popcorn during Sunday Night Activities

Sunday Night Activities

On your first night on campus, you have a choice of activities. Test your Queen’s knowledge at trivia, compete at various sports and games, learn to play Quidditch, take in a movie, or get creative and make some Queen’s swag to take home.

Location: various locations surrounding Nixon Field

  • Trivia: Grant Hall (9pm and 10:15pm start)
  • Quidditch: Nixon Field
  • Movie: Chernoff Auditorium (10pm start)
  • Pick-up soccer, frisbee and football: Nixon Field
  • Dodgeball: Nixon Field Tennis Court
  • Big Ball Volleyball: Agnes Benedickson Field (behind Grant Hall)
  • Spike Ball: Nixon Field adjacent
  • Slacklining: Nixon Field adjacent
  • Queen's crafts: Nixon Field adjacent

Inflatable at the ResSoc Carnival

ResSoc Carnival

This event allows you to enjoy inflatable activities, participate in carnival-style games, and spend some time hanging out with (or competing with) your floormates. Plus, pick up some great free swag from our sponsors. This event is brought to you by your Queen's Residence Society.

Location: Tindall Field and Parking Lot

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. 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.

Location: Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Floor photo taken during Campus Talks on Tour

Campus Talks on Tour

Guided by your residence don, this interactive campus tour will introduce you to the resources, supports, and services on campus. Using an app-based scavenger hunt, you'll simultaneously have a chance to work with your floor to accomplish tasks and try to win the top prize.

Location: various places on campus; tour begins outside Leonard Hall

Casino Night poker game

Welcome Home Night

There's something for everyone at Welcome Home Night! On this final night of orientation, you can: participate in a Casino Night, playing poker, blackjack, and more to win raffle tickets; share your love of music at Open Mic; get a taste of Kingston’s best desserts during the Dessert Tour; or explore involvement opportunities through a number activities run by campus clubs.

Upon entrance to this event, each student will receive $100 worth of poker chips. Poker chips can be cashed in for raffle tickets that they can use to enter our Grand Prize Draw! Prizes include electronics, gift cards, swag baskets, and much more!

Location: Athletics and Recreation Centre