School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Recreation and Entertainment

Recreation and Entertainment

It can sometimes be a challenge, but remember to balance your academic work with social and/or recreational activities. Take some time to explore this page, where you'll find suggestions for activities on and off campus. Queen's University and the Kingston community have many opportunities to keep you active and entertained! From going to as many campus events as you can, joining a club, or just signing up for a newsletter—new contacts, entertainment, and recreation might be closer than you think!


Staying in Touch using Newsletters and Social Media

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) 

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.

You can also follow Queen’s School of Graduate Studies on social media to keep up-to-date on current events and learn about other activities and news around campus:

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)

Find out about events at the Queen's University International Centre:

Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS)

The SGPS fortnightly newsletter and social media accounts to keep 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

Societies and Clubs on Campus

With dozens to choose from, most students find a group that speaks to their interests. Visit the Alma Mater Society (AMS) website for a listing of the variety of clubs that you can join on campus.

Community Outreach

Many graduate programs actually coordinate community outreach programs. This is a chance to put your research and professional skills to work. For some opportunities for community outreach, visit the Expanding Horizons website.

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC)

Four Directions Indigenous Student 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

The Campus Life: Employment and Volunteering page provides a list of 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

The Campus Life: Arts and Entertainment page showcases arts and entertainment options for Queen’s students to enjoy. The university has also created an Events Calendar, which you can visit to learn about diverse events happening across campus.

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, or simply The Isabel, is a fantastic new waterfront concert hall where you can find music, film, and theatre. Discounts on some tickets are available to students. is a privately run site that offers information on the many events happening at Queen’s and in Kingston.

The City of Kingston

Visit the City of Kingston's event page for information on events of historical or cultural interest. You may also wish to visit their Community Event Calendar for further events around Kingston.

Tourism Kingston

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

Athletics and Recreation

The Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)

All students have free access to the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) (as part of your student fees). In addition, over 60 fitness classes per week, including yoga, spin, and swimming are offered, some free-of charge, others with extra cost. 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 for a fee with a professional trainer to develop your own fitness plan, or learn about Varsity athletics through the ARC website. Summer Intramurals – soccer, ultimate Frisbee and softball – run all summer, as do pick-up sports. Email to get on the free agent’s list. 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

The Queen's University International Student Centre (QUIC) has compiled a page on recreation in Kingston, which contains information on opportunities for recreation and entertainment in and around Kingston.

Casual Recreation

Work around your schedule with this list of casual sports and recreational activities offered at the Queen's ARC.