Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

DIVISION OF

Student Affairs

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Resources for Queen’s Students

At Queen's, you are never alone. Our welcoming living and learning environment offers the programs and services you need to be successful, both academically and personally. We provide the tools to make sure you can be as successful as possible!

This page is meant to provide a general overview of the many resources available to you during your time before, at the beginning, middle and end of your degree, and after Queen’s. We encourage you to fully explore each section!  

Transitioning to University and First-Year Resources

These resources are specific to first-years to help you prepare for your transition to Queen’s and for during your first-year. See the Current Student section for many more resources applicable to all students in all years!

Next Steps Website

Everything you need to know and do before you start!


On Campus in First-Year 

Living in Residence

Food Services


Off Campus in First-Year 

Moving to the Kingston Community


Financial Information for First-Years


First-Year Orientation 

Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR)

Fall Orientation

  • Transition, socialization, introduction to services and resources

Academic and Wellness Services Specific to First-Years 

Q Success

  • Year-long peer mentoring program, resources, student support, academic skills

Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)

  • Academic accommodation planning, documentation requirementsadaptive technology, disability, exam support, note taking for students with disabilities 
  • Contact QSAS as early as possible if you require academic accommodations!

Bounce Back

  • Support program offered in the fall and winter terms for first-year undergraduate students who may be struggling academically. 
  • Students who opt-in to the program are matched with an upper-year student mentor who works with them one-on-one to identify the source(s) of their difficulties, to share learning strategies and connect them with the appropriate on-campus resources. 

Student Academic Success Services (SASS)’s First-Year Resources


International First-Years

Queen's University International Centre (QUIC)  

Resources and services for all students while studying at Queen’s.

Academic Supports and Resources 

Career Services

The central provider of career education and employment services, Career Services supports and empowers informed decision-making about employment, career direction, further education and co-curricular goals.

Office of the University Registrar (OUR)

Student awards (scholarships, bursaries, government financial aid programs), records, tuition and fees, exams, timetabling, student cards, convocation, transcripts, academic calendars. 

Student Academic Success Services (SASS)

Professional writing and learning support, general and discipline-specific academic skills workshops and English as a Second Language (ESL) support. 

Campus Bookstore

A not-for-profit corporation for course materials, textbooks, clothing, frames, grad rings, Queen’s and general merchandise and more!

Student IT Services

The IT Support Centre provides technical support for widely used systems and software such as email, web browsers, antivirus software, etc.


Health & Wellness 

Athletics & Recreation (A&R)                                                                                                    

The state-of-the-art ARC, rated A+ in The Globe and Mail’s student satisfaction survey, offers programs for all fitness levels. Get your minimum weekly recommended 150 minutes of physical activity! Intramurals, workouts, pickup sports or swimming promote healthy living and help manage stress. Full-time students are ARC members and can attend all Gaels regular home season games for free!

Hospitality Services                                                                                                                    

Check out dining halls, get a meal plan, consult with a chef or dietician and visit the retail food locations across campus. Supports are available for students with severe allergies, special diets and food insecurity.

The Human Rights & Equity Office

Services Offered: Human Rights Advisory Services, Equity Services, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, and Accessibility Services

Sexual Violence Prevention & Response

Barb Lotan is the central contact for reviewing options and connecting students with the services they are comfortable with. She coordinates education, response, support, training and prevention initiatives. Email her directly: bjl7@queensu.ca

Student Wellness Services

Offers confidential, integrated health and wellness services to all students. Students can book appointments with doctors, nurses, counsellors, accessibility advisors, and health promotion educators. There is also a same-day clinic available for more urgent needs. Services include physical, sexual, and mental health care, accommodation planning and advocacy for students with disabilities, and peer-led health promotion activities. 

Faith and Spiritual Life                                                                                                                     

Chaplains provide confidential spiritual and religious counselling for students and staff from all backgrounds. See the Chaplain’s website for bios and more information.

Safety and Security

Support services for students in distress, safety resources, SeQure app, health and well-being.


Student Life 

Ban Righ Centre                                                                                                             

The centre welcomes women of diverse backgrounds and all ages, especially those returning to university after a time away, and offers community, personal, practical and financial support.

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre                                                                                

A home away from home for Queen’s Indigenous community. The centre’s programs include cultural and wellness programs, events and workshops, 1:1 advising, tutoring, personal support and cultural counseling, elder services, traditional teachings and ceremonies, a kitchen, laundry, and study spaces. 

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)                                                                          

The centre provides an informal gathering place for the international members of the Queen’s community to network and receive non-academic advice. Supports and programs are offered to students interested in internationalizing their education on campus or through study, work or travel abroad.

Student Experience Office (SEO)                                                                              

Offers orientation, transition, community engagement and leadership programming including Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR), Fall University Orientation, Queen’s Reads, Q Success, Bounce Back and Queen’s Cares.

Yellow House

Yellow House is a safe, comfortable and accountable space for queer, racialized, and marginalized students to create community, to feel empowered, to empower others, to celebrate and to honour their histories. Yellow House seeks to engage students in initiatives that actively dismantle oppressive, racist and colonial ideologies and practices.

AMS

Your undergraduate student government. Learn about the Student Life Centre, the Journal, Walkhome, job and volunteer opportunities and more!

Club Hub

A resource page developed in partnership between the AMS Clubs Office and the Student Experience Office! Updates, contacts, training opportunities, funding, events, and more!

Extra-curricular Opportunities

Information on how to get involved, become a student leader, clubs, events, opportunities for, volunteer and paid positions and more!

Resources for Students with Children

Students with children face unique challenges. Learn about supports, events, and discounts at Queen’s and in the Kingston community.


Housing on Campus and in Kingston 

Residences & Residence Life                                                                                                                   

Queen’s has 17 unique Residence buildings. Professional and student staff provide peer support, counselling, educational programming and community building with a commitment to fostering an inclusive and respectful environment.

Community Housing                                                                                              

University-owned off-campus student rental property management and host of a local landlord listing service for available student rental units.

Student Community Relations Office

Guidance and advice about living in the Kingston community, including information about housing, leases, insurance, moving in, moving out and neighbour issues.

Additional Resources for Graduate Students

The following resources are available to graduate and professional students in addition to most of the resources listed above under "Throughout Your Degree." Be sure to explore both sections!

Academic, Orientation, and Community

Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

An academic service unit that promotes and supports quality teaching and builds teaching and educational leadership capacity. The CTL supports evidence-based, innovative and sustainable strategic program enhancement initiatives, and encourage and support emerging, grassroots investigations of novel approaches to teaching and learning. Learn about course design, teaching workshops, grants, awards, resources and more!

University Research Services

Find info about: research, scholarship, funding sources, research ethics, grants and development, contracts, research policies, USSRF, and more!

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

Union of Graduate Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Research Assistants and Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen’s directly-chartered local of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. A non-profit organization that strives to protect, maintain, and advance the interests of the members of the Local. Committed to promoting equity and social justice within the Local, PSAC, Queen’s University, and the broader Kingston community.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

SGS strives to provide a robust experience for students by offering support services, such as a comprehensive resource hub (The Habitat), a counsellor for grad students, a workshop series (Expanding Horizons), a weekly newsletter and more! 

SGS Orientation

On this page you will find information related to grad student orientation at Queen’s. Updates will be made as dates and resources are confirmed. Be sure to check out the fact sheets – all devoted to ensuring you have access to the information you need for a smooth transition to the new academic year!

Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS)

Graduate and professional student government, health and dental plan, grants, job and volunteer opportunities, committees, orientation, events, workshops, advisors and more! 

Post-Graduation and Beyond

Baillie Awards for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching

Students graduating from their first undergraduate degree are encouraged to nominate an influential high school teacher who helped them find their way to Queen's.


Convocation

Find information about: how to apply to graduate, schedule of ceremonies, information, honorary degrees, webcasts and simulcasting.


Queen's Student Alumni Association

Information about: being alumni, community, Backpack to Briefcase, speakers, ambassador team, reunions, events and more!