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University Orientation Events

Below is an outline of events from University Orientation 2018.
Check back for information about Orientation 2019 in July!

Starting with move-in day, University Orientation runs on Saturday Aug 31st, Sept 1st, and 8th. We offer several events to help you get to know your new classmates, get to know campus, and have some fun!

Queen's Welcomes U in the ARC Main Gym

Queen's Welcomes U

Saturday, Sept 1st | 7:00pm or 8:30pm | Athletics & Recreation Centre Main Gym

Join the rest of the Class of 2022 at your official welcome to Queen's. You'll be welcomed to the Queen's community by a variety of students and staff, be inspired to make the most of university life and learn what it means to be a part of the Gael family. Bring your tricolour and be ready to shout "Cha Gheill"!

Students eating popcorn during Sunday Night Activities

Saturday Night Activities

Saturday, Sept. 1st | 8:00pm - 11:30pm | Nixon Field and surrounding area

On your first night on campus, you have a choice of activities. Test your Queen’s knowledge at trivia, compete at various sports and games, learn to play Quidditch, take in a movie, or get creative and make some Queen’s swag to take home.

  • Trivia: Grant Hall 
  • Quidditch, pick-up soccer, and Frisbee: Nixon Field
  • Dodgeball: Nixon Field Tennis Court
  • Big Ball Volleyball, & spike ball: Agnes Benedickson Field (behind Grant Hall)
  • Plant potting: Nixon Field adjacent
  • TriColour Crafts: Dunning 10 & Dunning 27
  • Movie Screening: Dunning Auditorium (10:00pm start)

Floor Meeting

UNI 100 Series

Throughout your first week | various times | various locations     This event is for students living in Residence.

UNI 100 is a series of floor & building meetings aimed at introducing you to your new floormates, to residence rules and expectations, and to the university as a whole. Throughout the week, you will participate in icebreaker activities with your floor, receive a floor and building tour, receive an overview of residence rules and develop community standards with your floormates, and cover a number of topics important to your safety and success at university. The UNI 100 series will be led by your don or Residence Life Coordinator; please check with your don for the location of each meeting.

UNI 100 Series


UNI101: Icebreakers & Floor Tour

Saturday, September 1, 2018

UNI102: Living in Residence, Preparing for 1st day of School

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

UNI103: Community Standards, Taking care of yourselves

Sunday, September 9, 2018

UNI104: Building Meeting

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Existere Opening Dance


Sunday, Sept. 2nd & Sunday, Sept. 9th | various times | Grant Hall

Ready for a unique Queen's experience? Then you're ready for Existere! Existere is a social action theatre group that aims to raise awareness around important issues relevant to first-year students. The show is written and performed by Queen's students and is based on their own experiences. A favourite part of orientation for many students, Existere will be sure to have you laughing, learning, and nodding in agreement.

Farrah Khan

Pleasure Principles (Consent Speaker)

Sunday, Sept. 2nd | 10:00am or 2:00pm | Athletics & Recreation Centre Main Gym

Prioritizing fun and pleasure over shame and fear, speaker Farrah Khan shares principles that help students better navigate through relationships and sex. Through storytelling and pop culture examples, Farrah uses her research and sense of humour to help students understand how these experiences are a collaboration, not a conquest. She will also share ways for students to intervene in situations that could lead to sexual violence and support others when they disclose their experience.

Trigger warning: Please note that this presentation discusses the topic of consent and sexual violence. While these are important topics, we acknowledge that the material may be difficult and upsetting for some students. Counsellors will be available on-site in the ARC's Alumni Lounge as a resource if needed

Floor photo taken during Campus Talks on Tour

Campus Tour

Sunday, Sept. 2nd | various times | Highlights of campus

Your don will take you on an informal tour of campus, pointing out their favourite spots to study and relax, and major buildings or services that you will use during your first year (and every year after that!)

Richardson Stadium

Queen’s Football Game!

Sunday, Sept. 2nd | 6:30pm - 9:30pm | Richardson Stadium

Come out and cheer on the Gaels at their first regular season game at home! Don’t forget to deck out in Tricolour!


Casino Night poker game

ResSoc presents Q-Fest!

Sunday, Sept. 2nd | 8:30pm - 11:30pm | Athletics & Recreation Centre Main Gym and Queen's Centre

Come check out the mini- arcade, try your hand at the casino, have a snack, explore involvement opportunities through activities run by campus clubs, and spend some time hanging out with your classmates. This event is brought to you by your Queen's Residence Society.

Ready, Set, Relax!

Sunday, Sept. 2nd | 11:00am - 4:00pm | Around Campus

Students will have the (optional) opportunity to get READY for school, SET themselves up for success and RELAX with campus services before school gets busy! Various services/groups on campus will have booths set-up around campus where students can drop by with their floors for an engaging activity! Stay tuned here for details on where and when!

Additional Orientation Activities 

If you’re a student who might be interested in events beyond Queen’s Orientation Week, we want to recognize that everyone finds a sense of belonging in different ways! Here are some events and organizations holding events during the first couple of weeks of September.

Residence Society Games Night
September 5, 7:30-10:30 PM
Located at Location 21, Lazy Scholar, and West Campus Barista. 

TriColour Open House
September 6, 5:00-8:00 PM
Looking to start the year off right and get involved? Come out the Tricolour Open house hosted by the AMS Clubs Office and Athletics and Recreation! Get to know what Queen's can offer you! 

September 9, 7:00-10:00 PM
At the ARC, come try out inner tube water polo or just enjoy the pool, then play some volleyball with other ResSoc members! 

Kingston Multicultural Arts Festival
September 9
This all-ages, non-ticketed festival is run by the Kingston Immigration Partnership and features cultural and artistic activities from dozens of communities that call Kingston home. Click here for more details. 

OPIRG’s Alt-Frosh
September 10-21

Kicking off on the 10th with their annual Feminist Cookout, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group will be hosting its “Alt-Frosh” from the 10th to the 21st. These two weeks will feature events hosted by equity-focused organizations both on campus and in the community, including the AMS Social Issues Commission, the Education on Queer Issues Project, and the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre. For updates on when and where these events will take place, follow OPIRG Kingston on Instagram and Facebook

Art and Black Canada
September 13, 2:00-5:00 PM

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, in collaboration with the Department of Gender Studies, presents one of two panel discussion about the significance of Black Canadian art.Click here for more details.