First-Year Off-Campus Community Orientation

OCC Orientation

We can't wait to introduce you to the Queen’s First-Year Off-Campus Community (First-Year OCC) and provide you with a fantastic Orientation experience! We hope this introduction creates a comfortable, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all of the first-year students living off-campus. The First-Year OCC aims to support your transition to Queen’s and to living away from home – wherever home is to you! - and is active year-round for ongoing support during your first year!


To attend Orientation, you must first register with the First-Year Off-Campus Community! Registration gives you access to our programming for your whole first year, through to April, and includes an invitation to our (free!) Orientation event. Keep an eye on your Queen’s email for your Orientation invitation once you register with the OCC. 

We will also be attending University Orientation (which is free and open to all students) together. There are Off-Campus Community specific events, helpful tips and communications from your upper-year leaders, and more throughout the year!” 


Saturday, September 3rd, 5:30 - 7:30 PM: Off-Campus Community Orientation Event (Off-Campus Students Only) 
The Off-Campus Community is excited to officially welcome you to campus with games, crafts, group activities with prizes, and dinner! We'll be joining Welcome Home Night activities right after, so you'll have lots of opportunities to do anything and everything while making new friends!

Saturday, Sept 3 at 7:00 pm: Welcome Home Night
Following our OCC event, we will head over to Welcome Home night!
There is a little something for everyone at Welcome Home Night, like tricolour crafts, movie night, snacks and sports!
Come out and meet upper-year leaders from around campus and even get an evening campus tour!

Sunday, Sept 4 at 10:00 am: Tricolour Parade and Welcome
Meet your Off-Campus Leaders at Tindall Parking Lot to join the Parade!
The incoming class will parade to the official welcome and kick-off of Fall Orientation in Richardson Stadium.
Learn the Oil Thigh, hear from student leaders, and enjoy a picnic lunch!

These events are part of University Orientation and are open and free to attend!
Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept 6 & 7 at 5:30 pm: 
Campus Highlight Tours! 

Join a campus tour to hear from upper-year guides about the "need to know" locations for your first month on campus. These short evening tours will introduce you to the essential locations for snacks, studying and staying fit. 

Meet & Mingles 
Equity-deserving students will have the opportunity to find community on campus during their first few days of classes at our Meet & Mingles! Visit Yellow House, QUIC, Four Directions, and more campus partners to build friendships with your peers and connections with upper years.

Thursday, Sept 8 at 5:00 pm: Tricolour Open House (open to all students)
In partnership with the AMS Clubs Office and Athletics & Recreation, the Tricolour Open House is an opportunity for new and returning students to learn about the diverse selection of clubs and campus resources at Queen’s.


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