Summer student services on campus

Summer student services on campus

Programs and services for students, staff and faculty continue through the summer.

By Dana Mitchell, Intern, Division of Student Affairs

May 24, 2019


While many students leave campus for the summer term, there are still many programs and services available through the Division of Student Affairs for students, as well as faculty and staff.

The Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC) is open Monday to Thursday 6 am to 9 pm, Friday 6 am to 7 pm, and weekends 8 am to 6 pm. Summer fitness programs start the week of July 8. To register, visit The main entrance to the ARC is currently undergoing a major renovation project. Access to the ARC is only be available through the ARC South entrance in Mitchell Hall. All workout areas remain open.

Hospitality Services is running summer hours of operation for some retail food outlets. The full schedule is available online. The popular $5 Friday BBQ for staff and faculty resumed on May 3, and will continue all summer from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm outside of Mackintosh-Corry Hall. 

Student Wellness Services is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm for booked appointments and summer workshops, including Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and safeTALK. Evening and walk-in service will resume in September, when SWS will have moved to its new location on the ground floor of Mitchell Hall.

Career Services is operating Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Drop-in student advising hours will continue Monday to Thursday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. In-person booked appointments with career counsellors are available all summer, and for students living outside of Kingston, Career Services provides Skype and phone appointments. Experiential Learning workshops are also available for students working or volunteering on campus, and for faculty or staff who supervise students. For more information and to book an appointment, visit the Career Services website.

Student Academic Success Services (SASS) is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. One-on-one in-person and online writing appointments are available Tuesdays-Thursdays until the end of July. SASS continues to provide English as an Additional Language (EAL) support, and one-on-one EAL appointments will be available until the end of June. To book an appointment, visit the SASS website.

The School of Graduate Studies is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  In collaboration with SASS, the School of Graduate Studies is offering a Dissertation Bootcamp in May and a weekly Grad Writing Lab on Thursday mornings. Additionally, the school coordinates The Lake Shift, a six-day writing retreat for Ontario doctoral students in July at Queen’s University Biology Station at Lake Opinicon and Dissertation on the Lake, a five-day writing retreat just for Queen’s graduate students at Elbow Lake in August. These writing retreats allow graduate students to make significant progress to their theses. To learn more, visit the School of Graduate Studies Expanding Horizons website.

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) will maintain its regular hours of operation, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The QUIC space in Mitchell Hall is air conditioned and has a ping-pong table that students can use throughout the summer. QUIC will also be hosting many events and groups, including a Walk to the Farmer’s Market every Thursday and Lunch Club Mondays. To learn more, visit QUIC’s website.

The Ban Righ Centre will continue to be open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, but will be closed the week of July 15. Mature women students are encouraged to drop in to the centre for academic, personal and financial support. There will also be a weekly meditation session held Wednesdays at 12 pm throughout the summer. For more information, visit the Ban Righ Centre website.

The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre will continue to operate Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All services are available to students, including cultural counselling, cultural safety training, admissions and transition support and webinars. Four Directions will also be holding the Kairos Blanket Exercise and Land Acknowledgment workshops over the summer. For more information, visit the Four Directions website and Facebook page.

The Donald Gordon Conference Centre is a year-round destination for overnight accommodations, dining services, and meeting and conference space. This summer they will be hosting several public events, including a three-part magic show series presented by Kingston Magic Theatre. For more information about upcoming events and services, visit the Donald Gordon Conference Centre website.

Queen’s Housing and Ancillary Services is now offering summer accommodations until Aug. 24 in residence buildings across campus. This is the largest summer accommodation program in Kingston, with more than 25,000 guest room nights are expected to be booked. For more information, including pricing and booking, visit the Summer Accommodations website.