Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to sign up or register?
Nope, if you are living in residence, you are automatically registered!
What if I don't live in Residence?
If you're a FYNIR (stands for "First Year Not in Residence"), you'll get to participate in FYNIRS Orientation.
I'm moving into Residence late. Can I still participate in University Orientation?
Absolutely! You can join in at any time.
I'm not sure I want to participate - do I have to?
No, but we highly recommend that you do! We encourage students to come to all University Orientation events, but participation is voluntary – you will never be forced to do anything. By participating in University Orientation, you'll meet a ton of new people, learn a lot, and have a fun experience in your first few days at Queen’s. There are a lot of activities that really help students transition to life at university, so we do encourage you to have a look at the schedule and give it a try!
Who are those people wearing the red vests?
Residence Dons – senior students who live in residence with you. They play a supportive role in residence life, and are a great resource for information about Queen’s, Kingston and living in res. Don’t hesitate to knock on their door if you need help!
What is dry residence, and what does it mean?
Dry means alcohol-free. As the majority of students entering residence are underage and all sanctioned Orientation activities are alcohol-free, a dry policy during the entire week of Orientation (from Move-In Day until the first day of classes) will be in effect in residence. That means that no alcohol is allowed in residence during Orientation Week. Residents who are 19 years of age or older may responsibly consume alcohol in residence after the first day of classes. Read our Residence Rules & Regulations for more information on our alcohol policies.
I am an International student living in Residence. Can I still participate in University Orientation?
Yes! You are welcome to participate in University Orientation activities, and there is also an Orientation Week specific to international students, run by the Queen's International Centre (QUIC).
I have accessibility needs and require accommodations during University Orientation. Who do I contact?
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Also, make sure to discuss your needs with your residence Don as soon as you can - they will know how to help.