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How to live (and survive) in Kingston

As I write this post, it feels like a scorching 35 degrees outside. Queen’s campus is pure mayhem with new students moving in and setting up places they will call home for at least the next 8 months. I remember move in day …. way, way , way back in 2006 when I started my Undergrad here. I moved into residence and as such had most things taken care of for me. But when I moved off campus in my second year, there were a lot of things I wish someone had told me and today I’ll share some of those things with you.

First of all I just wanted to remind everyone that the Graduate Welcome and Resource Fair is TOMORROW!!! That’s right, Tuesday September 8th, from 9:30 to 11AM in the Ross Gym at the PEC. Come find out what you need to know to get by and enjoy working at Queen’s!

Getting around 

  • Kingston Transit offers extensive routes that take you pretty much anywhere and everywhere in Kingston. Check out their schedule or the transit trip planner. There are even 3 Express Routes that run on 15 minute peak service that save you time!
  • Car share programs. Now I can’t say I have much experience with these programs but they are out there! The magic of google will help you find them!
  • WalkHome is a service that will send someone to walk from your home to campus or from campus to your home, free of charge. You can find them in the lower ceilidh of the JDUC or call 613-533-WALK.

Staying active

  • ARC membership – Included in your student fees is a membership to Athletics and Recreation Centre right here on campus.
  • Goodlife has partnered with the SGPS to bring you discounted rates on a membership. More details can be found here.
  • The YMCA of Kingston is another great option for staying fit with lots of programming for kids/families, a pool, and lots of drop in programming. They also offer a discounted rates to students.
  • The SGPS hosts a weekly sports hour which focuses on a different activity each week. Follow them on social media, or check their website for more details!

Staying sustainable

  • Recycling. To find out when you put out your recycling and what goes in what bin, check out the city’s collection calendar.
  • If you’re moving here for the first time, or moving into a new place, or just looking to get some new furniture, there are lots of options for buying/selling used furniture in Kingston. The “Free and For Sale” Facebook group administered through Queen’s is a great place to start and an especially great place to find gently used items a student would need.
  • Farmer’s markets. Check out the great local produce, meat, etc. at the Kingston Public Market Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Market Square until November. You could also stop by the Memorial Centre Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 9 to 2. Conveniently, there is even a Queen’s Farmer’s Market that operates on Wednesdays from 8 to 4 outside the JDUC (in the warmer weather).
  • Although the season is quickly coming to an end, keep the community gardens in mind for your next year at Queen’s. For more details check out their website.

Saving money

  • Several grocery stores offer discounts to students. For example Loblaws offers 10% off on Tuesday nights to students with a valid student card. Similarly, the Metro downtown offers 10% off nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students. The Bulk Barn offers 20% off to students on Wednesdays.
  • Student discounts are available at all sorts of stores and restaurants especially in the downtown area. Just ask!

Fun for families

  • There are lots of family programs offered by city services such as the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Bring some ID (and proof of residence in Kingston), get a library card, and start enjoying the books, and other family/kids programming they offer!
  • There are loads of beautiful parks (and lots of waterfront ones) for families to enjoy.

I realize this list isn’t be any means complete. Have anything you wish you knew when you moved here? Share it with the our new readers in the comment!

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2 comments on “How to live (and survive) in Kingston
  1. Colette says:

    AAh moving in to a new place/country – hate it. Anyway don’t forget to coordinate the utilities to be switched on when you need it – water, electricity (they call it hydro in Canada), gas. Also the land line (in case you want to break away from your mobile phone when you are home).

    Another good place to visit is the student community liaison office in the JDUC. They can explain to you about what to look for in rental agreements and what the responsibilities of the landlord is.

  2. PSR says:

    While moving to new place, one should have an idea. Amanda has covered all these things for new and fresh incumbents. Amanda has clearly given all the information required. Folks prepare yourself reading this article before joining here. Where to stay, What type of activities you can participate, possible means to save your money and enjoying locations when you are with your family members.

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