School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Moving to and Living in Kingston

Moving to and Living in Kingston

Moving can be stressful and logistically challenging. Here you can find information related to housing, managing your finances, transportation, and guidance targeted at international students. Whether you’ve switched continents, come from a distant part of Canada, or even not so far away, these resources will ease the transition and help you build your life in Kingston.

Check out this resource on discovering what Kingston has to offer from the City of Kingston


Housing

Queen’s Community Housing

Queen’s University can help you with your housing needs. Our Community Housing office offers resources to help make your search easier. These include information on university administered housing as well as an off-campus listing service.

Queen’s University housing for graduate students:
The university offers two complexes targeted at graduate students: John Orr Tower and An Clachan. You must apply for these apartments and they fill up quickly, so be sure to consider your options right away! You can find applications for these apartments online through the Community Housing webpage.

Off-Campus Housing:
If you wish to live off-campus, consider exploring the Community Housing Accommodations Listing Service, a tool to help you find rental accommodation in the Kingston community. Using this service, you may search for rental accommodations based on specific criteria, such as number of bedrooms, type of unit, and amenities.

Housing Related Resources

Student Community Relations
For resources and support for your off-campus housing needs, consult Student Community Relations. Here, you’ll find information about city services, budgeting, safety, insurance, housing agreements, and much more!

Quick References:
Landlord and Tenant Board
Residential Tenancy Act information, Rent Legislation
Toll Free: 1-888-332-3234

Property Standards
City Hall – 216 Ontario St., Kingston, Ontario. Phone: 613-546-4291
Office For Inspection: Midland Ave, Kingston, Ontario. 613-546-0000
By-law Enforcement: Phone: 613-546-4291; after 4:30 p.m., 613-541-3355

Utilities Kingston
211 Counter St., Kingston
613-546-1181

Queen's Legal Aid
303 Bagot St., #500
Kingston, ON K7K 5W7
613-533-2102

Transportation

City Map

Queen's University International Student Centre has created a useful map of Kingston that is marked with locations of interest for Queen’s community members, including emergency services, financial institutions, and grocery stores.

City Bus

Kingston Transit provides bus service to the City of Kingston, including the Queen’s University main and west campuses. The AMS Bus-It Program provides full-time students with unlimited access to Kingston Transit bus services for a full twelve months, from September to the following summer. Your student card functions as you bus pass. Be sure you update your sticker each academic year that you are a full-time student to maintain access to this service.

Transit schedules and maps are available online. To make figuring out how to get from one point to another easier, a trip planner is available to help!

Car/Motorbike

Car and Truck Rental Services and Care Share
Whether you wish to rent a car for a trip home or a truck for your move, there are a few options in Kingston, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis Car Rental, Discount Car and Truck Rentals, or U-Haul.

If you do not own a vehicle, but wish to have regular access to one, consider the car sharing program offered by VRTUCAR.

Parking and Parking Permits
On-Campus
Please visit Queen's Parking if you own a vehicle and wish to learn more about campus parking and obtaining a permit.

One of Queen’s sustainability initiatives is to encourage carpooling. The Queen’s Parking office runs a carpooling program that is available to current permit holders.

Off-Campus
If you wish to learn about parking off campus, visit the City of Kingston Parking website to learn where to park and what you can expect to pay in city lots and garages. If you live in a residential area between King, West, Clergy & William Streets, the City may grant you a permit to park on the street.

Intercity Bus

Queen’s University Bus Services
Queen's Tricolour Outlet offers:
• Tickets for the Tricolour Express bus to and from Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto (with extended service on select weekends) to Queen’s students.
• Bus tickets for the airport shuttle to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), which runs everyday (except December 25th)
• A bus chartering service for club trips, events, conferences, and other things

Other Bus Services
Greyhound offers an intercity coach service for parts of Ontario, as well as other areas of Canada.

Megabus is a low cost coach service for Montreal, Toronto, Brockville, Buffalo Airport, and New York City. Fares start as low as $1, but increase over time, so book early!

Coach Canada offers intercity coach service for parts of Ontario and Quebec. Megabus is owned by Coach Canada, so you may be redirected when selecting your city of origin or destination.

The central intercity bus station for Greyhound, Megabus, and Coach Canada is located at 1175 John Counter Blvd. and is accessible by Kingston city buses.

Train

Kingston is serviced by Via Rail Canada. Discounts on tickets are available to youths (ages 12-25) and to students 26 and older who possess a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) card. You may apply for an ISIC card online or in person at the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) office.

The Via Rail Station is located at 1800 John Counter Blvd and is accessible by Kingston city buses.

Bike

Bike Storage: Traditional bike racks are installed throughout campus at convenient locations. The university also offers a secure bike storage facility, located in the courtyard between Mackintosh-Corry and Dunning Halls. The use of this facility requires a small annual fee.

Bikes and Boards: A centre for bike and board safety, maintenance and culture that promoted carbon-free alternative transport and healthy lifestyles

Yellow Bike Action: A volunteer-run bike shop which provides reconditioned bikes for sale and inexpensive bike repairs.

Rack and Roll: Buses in Kingston offer bike racks from spring through fall.

For information on cycling within the larger Kingston community, visit the City of Kingston’s cycling website.

Taxi

Kingston is serviced by three taxi companies:
Amey's Greenwood Taxi Ltd: 613-546-1111
Kingston & Amherst Taxi Co.: 613-542-3333
Modern City Taxi: 613-546-2222

Air

Kingston Airport (YGK), or the Norman Rogers Airport, offers service between Kingston and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) with seven flights per day via Air Canada. The airport is located at 1114 Len Birchall Way.

Toronto Pearson can also be reached by the Airport Shuttle. Tickets for the shuttle may be purchased at Queen’s Tricolour Outlet.

Essentials for International Students

School of Graduate Studies

Please visit the School of Graduate Studies website for international students. This page is intended to function as an introduction to graduate school for international students, offering information on Registration and Fees, Health Insurance and Medical Coverage, Tuition Fees and Cost of Living, and other important details and opportunities.

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) offers a wide range of resources and information targeted to international students. These include information on health insurance, permits and visas, English conversation programs, social activities, resources for students with families and living in Kingston, orientation events, and help with taxes.

You may wish to consult and download the International Student Guidebook (PDF 4.78MB) .

QUIC is located on the second floor of Mitchell Hall and is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. They can also be reached via phone at 1-613-533-2604.

Visas and Study Permits for International Students

QUIC provides information about visas and study permits. For assistance, contact Arthur Chen, International Student Adviser at QUIC, if you have questions about your visa, study permit, and immigration needs.

English Language Support

Queen’s School of English offers language training at a variety of levels for your studies, career, and life in English-speaking Canada.

Queen’s University International Student Centre offers an English Conversation Program designed to assist degree students, staff and their partners in improving conversation and pronunciation skills.

Intercultural Advising

While Queen’s attempts to provide culturally sensitive counselling in general, students from culturally and racially diverse backgrounds can request specialised services of the cross-cultural counsellor. If you wish to seek such support, please contact Dr. Arunima Khanna, Queen's Intercultural Advisor, for assistance. Dr. Khanna works with the QUIC to provide support and guidance for international students. Visit her website, which includes contact information and some helpful suggestions for adjusting to your new life in Kingston.

Financial Planning

Estimated Living and Educational Expenses

The costs associated with graduate education can add up. This resource, provided by the Office of the University Registrar, will help you plan your finances as your invest in your future – what annual costs can you expect to incur and what opportunities for funding exist.

Funding

Visit the School of Graduate Studies Funding website for detail on funding available to you, including bursaries and emergency funding.