School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


Having fun in grad school can often depend on the people you meet—but finding them can be hard. Here are some suggestions for where to find friends—and ways to enjoy time on campus away from the books. From going to as many campus events as you can, joining a club, or just signing up for a newsletter—new contacts might be closer than you think.

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Staying in Touch using Newsletters and Social Media

School of Graduate Studies Newsletter

All graduate students are automatically signed up to the School of Graduate Studies’ newsletter which offers weekly highlights of upcoming workshops and events, important information, and student stories.

SGS Social Media

Find the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies:

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)

Find out about events at the Queen's University International Centre for international and domestic students:

Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS)

The SGPS fortnightly newsletter and Facebook Page keeps all SGPS members informed:

Gradifying - SGS Blog

Gradifying, a weekly blog by and for graduate students, with stories ranging from figuring out your relationship with your supervisor, to thesis formatting, to families.

Clubs and Volunteering

SGPS Graduate Student Clubs

These clubs are funded by the SGPS.

Societies and Clubs on Campus

With dozens to choose from, most students find a group that speaks to their interests.

Community Outreach

Many graduate programs actually coordinate community outreach programs. This is a chance to put your research and professional skills to work.

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Four Directions Aboriginal Centre strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students and a site of information and support for the broader Queen's community.

Campus Community Service

This page lists opportunities to serve on committees with departments and programs, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), or the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS).

United Way Volunteer Centre

The United Way Volunteer Centre matches local charities with volunteers who lend their skills and expertise to local organizations.

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment at Queen’s

This page showcases arts and entertainment options for Queen’s students to enjoy.

The Isabel

At this fantastic new waterfront concert hall you can find music, film, and theatre with student discount tickets and free events.

This privately run site offers information on the many events happening at Queen’s and in Kingston.

Athletics and Recreation

The Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)

All students have access to the ARC (as part of your student fees) which offers more than 30 recreation clubs, from trampoline to tennis to dancing and martial arts, and over 60 fitness classes per week, including yoga, spin, and swimming. You can try the fitness classes for free during the Fitness Free-For-All weeks in September, January, and May. You can also book an individual consultation with a professional trainer to develop your own fitness plan, or learn about Varsity athletics through the ARC website. Whatever you do to get active and stay healthy, and no matter your skill level, Queen’s has an athletic option for you.

The Graduate student’s athletic fee covers:

  • Membership at the ARC for the full year – cardio, weights, pool, select fitness classes, squash courts, casual recreation (see red classes on the Fitness Plus Schedule)
  • Intramural sports for the full year, including summer intramurals! Over 6,800 Queen’s students participate in 30 sports leagues. See full details 
  • Free tickets for regular season Gaels games: view the full schedule
  • There are additional services that can be purchased – personal training, additional fitness classes, locker rental and laundry services, equipment rental, etc all of which can be found on this website

Recreation in the Kingston area

This page offers a detailed overview of options for recreation activities in and around Kingston.

Tourism Kingston

Be a tourist at home! Tourism Kingston’s website offers many ways to explore the Limestone city.