Next Steps for a Smooth Transition

Have an offer to Queen's?
Learn how to accept it here!

Next Steps for a Smooth Transition

We know going off to university isn’t easy for any student, and it can be especially challenging for those also moving to a new country. At Queen’s, you’re never taking that journey alone, and we are here to help along the way. Take a look at the next steps for incoming students, to support a smooth transition to Queen's.


You have an offer; Now what?

Before coming to Queen's, there are some important details to remember. To help you get here smoothly, we have created a useful guide.

Make sure to go through the Expanded Queen's Commitment Package so you know all the benefits of accepting your offer to Queen's!

Review the Expanded Queen's Commitment Package and accept your offer to Queen's

  1. Accept your offer by the acceptance deadline on OUAC (or in your SOLUS Student Centre if you are a CommonApp applicant). 
  2. Pay the non-refundable $2500 CDN deposit by the acceptance deadline in your SOLUS Student Centre. Make sure to save your receipt showing payment. You will need it for Step 3. 
  3. Complete the Provincial Attestation Letter Form. Completing this form will help determine if you require a Provincial Attestation Letter or only a Letter of Acceptance for Study Permit Purposes. You must upload a receipt showing the $2500 CDN deposit payment to allow Queen’s to request your Provincial Attestation Letter and to release your Letter of Acceptance.

Queen's has partnered with BorderPass to provide you with individual immigration and Study Permit application support at no cost!

BorderPass is an immigration support service offered at no cost as part of the Queen’s Commitment Package. This service can help make your immigration process as smooth as possible—not just for your first year but throughout your stay in Canada.  

BorderPass provides:

  • Support to ensure you have all the support you need. 
  • Access to Canadian immigration lawyers who can answer your questions. 
  • Guidance, building and review of visa applications by Canadian immigration lawyers. 
  • Notifying key dates to apply for visa extensions, work permits and residency visas.  

Register on the Queen's BorderPass Portal 

Apply for your study permit using BorderPass (Register on the Queen's BorderPass portal)

Use promo code QU100 to waive BorderPass legal fees if prompted. 

Note: While strongly encouraged, you are not required to use BorderPass to apply for your Study Permit. Additional resources on Study Permits are available through the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC).

Living in residence during your first year provides a supportive community environment for you to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Living on campus helps you to meet new people, participate in organized activities, and ease your transition to university life. 

The First Year Student Residence Application is open for undergraduate students in a first-year, full-time, on-campus degree program until June 3, 2024, at 4 p.m. ET.

If you require accommodation to live in Residence, submit a Health Accommodation Form by June 3, 2024, at 4 p.m. ET

Visit the Residence website for more information about the application process, dates, and deadlines and to explore opportunities to join Living Learning Communities and Unique Communities. 

Apply to Queen’s Residence and pay the $525 deposit by June 3, 2024, at 4 pm ET. 

Planning to live off-campus?

Connect with the Off-Campus Living Advisor for resources and guidance.  If you live off-campus, you can buy a Campus Meal Plan anytime during the academic year. We have multiple meal plan options to suit any budget and campus lifestyle. 

Congratulations on becoming a Queen’s student! We’re excited to welcome you to the Queen’s community and want to provide you with opportunities to start your experience early. Join us for exclusive First-Year Foundation programming that starts this summer and gives you online and in-person opportunities to build your community, support your transition, and find your path to success.

As an International Student, we also invite you to join our dedicated International Student Summer Orientation Pre-Arrival Program where you will learn more about Academic Life, Classroom expectations, Arrival in Canada, Financial Planning, Health Insurance, Part-time employment and Welcome Week!

Learn more about living and arriving in Canada! 

Read up on life in Kingston, and learn more about what you need when you Arrive in Canada, with access to the latest Government of Canada travel announcements.


You must pay all Fall tuition by September 1, 2024. The remaining Fall term fees are due September 30, 2024.  You can find fees in your Account Summary in SOLUS. Learn more about fees, including international payments from outside Canada.