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

Sunday, Sept. 3rd | 6:45pm or 8:30pm | Athletics & Recreation Centre Main Gym

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"!

Students eating popcorn during Sunday Night Activities

Sunday Night Activities

Sunday, Sept. 3rd | 9:00pm - midnight | Nixon Field and surrounding area

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.

  • Trivia: Grant Hall (9:00pm and 10:15pm start)
  • Quidditch, pick-up soccer, and frisbee: Nixon Field
  • Dodgeball: Nixon Field Tennis Court
  • Big Ball Volleyball, spike ball, and slacklining: Agnes Benedickson Field (behind Grant Hall)
  • Tricolour crafts: Nixon Field adjacent
  • Movie Screening (Monster's University): Chernoff Auditorium (10:00pm start)

Floor Meeting

UNI 100 Series

Sunday, Sept. 3rd - Tuesday, Sept. 5th | various times | various locations

UNI 100 is a series of floor meetings aimed at introducing you to your new floormates, to residence rules and expectations, and to university as a whole. Throughout the week, you will participate in icebreaker activities with your floor, receive a floor and building tour, receive an overview of residence rules and develop community standards with your floormates, and cover a number of topics important to your safety and success at university. The UNI 100 series will be led by your don; please check with your don for the location of each meeting.

UNI 100 Series


UNI101: Icebreakers & Floor Tour

Sunday, Sept. 3rd

UNI102: Building Tour & Campus Talks on Tour prep

Monday, Sept. 4th

UNI103: Building Meeting

Monday, Sept. 4th

UNI104: Community & Safety

Tuesday, Sept. 5th

UNI105: Post-Orientation Check-in

Sunday, Sept. 10th

Existere Opening Dance


Monday, Sept. 4th & Tuesday, Sept. 5th | various times | Grant Hall

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.

Farrah Khan

Pleasure Principles (Consent Speaker)

Monday, Sept. 4th | 9:30am and 11:30am | Athletics & Recreation Centre Main Gym

Prioritizing fun and pleasure over shame and fear, speaker Farrah Khan shares principles that help students better navigate through relationships and sex. Through storytelling and pop culture examples, Farrah uses her research and sense of humour to help students understand how these experiences are a collaboration, not a conquest. She will also share ways for students to intervene in situations that could lead to sexual violence and support others when they disclose their experience.

Trigger warning: Please note that this presentation discusses the topic of consent and sexual violence. While these are important topics, we acknowledge that the material may be difficult and upsetting for some students. Counsellors will be available on-site in the ARC's Alumni Lounge as a resource if needed.

Inflatable at the ResSoc Carnival

ResSoc Carnival

Monday, Sept. 4th | 8:00pm - 11:00pm | Tindall Field & Parking Lot

The ResSoc Carnival allows you to enjoy inflatable activities, take in live music, grab food from one of our food trucks (bring money!), and spend some time hanging out 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.

Canvas on Campus art exhibit

Canvas on Campus

Tuesday, Sept. 5th | various times | Agnes Etherington Art Gallery

Be a part of an art exhibit created by you and 4500 other incoming students throughout University Orientation. By recording your thoughts, feelings, hopes and ambitions as you enter University on an index card during UNI 102, and then visiting the Canvas on Campus exhibit during Campus Talks on Tour, you'll contribute to the development of a kinetic art piece that is unique to the Class of 2021.

Floor photo taken during Campus Talks on Tour

Campus Talks on Tour

Tuesday, Sept. 5th | various times | starts at Leonard Hall

Guided by your residence don, this interactive campus tour will introduce you to the resources, supports, and services on campus. Using Goosechase, 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.

Trying to access Goosechase? Follow these steps:

  1. Download Goosechase via your phone's app store
  2. Create an account
  3. Search for a hunt called "Queen's U: Campus Talks on Tour"
  4. Select a team. Teams have been created for all residence floors.

After selecting a team, you should have full access to the app, including your floor's list of tasks, the leaderboard, and the newsfeed containing everyone's completed tasks. The hunt will be live at 9:00am on Monday, Sept. 4th if you and your floor want to get a head start on the bonus tasks!

Experiencing problems with Goosechase? Please ask your don, or contact the Nerve Centre.

Casino Night poker game

Welcome Home Night

Tuesday, Sept. 5th | 8:00pm - 11:00pm | Athletics & Recreation Centre Main Gym and Queen's Centre

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 (view the full list of club activities, PDF, 307 KB).

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!

Additional Activities

Sunrise Yoga

Monday Sept. 5 & Tuesday, Sept. 6 | 7:30am - 8:30am | Matheson Field (between GordBrock and Brant)

For early risers and yoga enthusiasts, join us for some early morning stretching led by the Queen’s Yoga Club!

AMS Chill Station

Monday, Sept. 5 | 10:00am - 6:00pm | Corner of Union St. and University Ave. (U&U)

Freezies, swag, and a little bit of hanging out with some of the AMS volunteers and executive!

Board Games Night

Monday, Sept. 5 | 8:00pm - 11:00pm | MacCorry Cafeteria

Spend a low-key night playing board games with your new friends. We’ve got the popular, the obscure, and everything in between. Hosted by Minotaur.

West Campus Yoga

Tuesday, Sept. 6 | 9:30am - 10:30am | South Field (behind Phase 2)

For early risers and yoga enthusiasts, join us for some early morning stretching led by the Queen’s Yoga Club!