Student Life

Overview

At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at Queen’s.

Check out campus life at Queen’s.

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Orientation Week

Orientation Week welcomes you to Queen’s and gives you the opportunity to meet people you’ll have classes with and share in fun activities. The University hosts 9 different Orientation Week programs – you attend the week that pertains to your selected area of studies.

Queen’s offers a tailored Welcome Day for incoming undergraduate Indigenous students that includes early move-in, workshops and social activities to build connections and link students and their families to campus supports through the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

One way to get involved on campus is to join 1 of the over 300 student clubs at Queen’s, where you can meet others with common interests, share your talents and relieve stress. Clubs you can join include the Improv Club, Anime Club and Native Student Association.

Indigenous Learners’ Clubs

The Queen’s University Native Student Association (QNSA) is made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students who share an interest in Indigenous cultures and traditions. It’s also a forum for students to discuss contemporary and historic issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples and cultures.

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a mentor-support program driven by students. SAGE is designed to increase the comfort level of Indigenous graduate students within their programs, the university and the community as a whole. There are quarterly meetings and an annual writing retreat where you can socialize, share experiences as students and researchers, and support each other throughout the graduate experience.

Alma Mater Society

The Alma Mater Society (AMS) of Queen’s University was established in 1858 and is Canada’s oldest student government. Its mandate is to serve and represent the diversity of students at Queen’s University.

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Athletics

Varsity Athletics

Queen’s University is home to Gaels varsity sports that range from basketball to wrestling. The Queen’s Gaels participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Find more information on varsity athletics at Queen’s including try-out dates.

Recreation and Intramurals

Queen’s offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include basketball, volleyball and dodgeball. They are a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.

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Student Services

Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you. For more information about supports you can access at Queen’s, visit the Accessibility Services website.

Positive Spaces (LGBTQ)

The Positive Space program identifies and promotes the development of positive spaces within the Queen’s community. Positive spaces are locations in which sexual and gender identity is affirmed, and individuals can receive support on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) issues. The Positive Space sticker displays to others that you respect sexual and gender diversity.

If you identify as part of the LGBTQ community, Queen’s offers connections to resources both on campus and in the Kingston community.

Office of the Interfaith Chaplain

The Interfaith Chaplain is available to discuss any spiritual, religious, personal or financial problems, concerns or crises. The chaplain can also provide you with confidential counselling and spiritual support.

Child Care

You can access child care through Queen’s Day Care Centre. Check out how you can apply and reserve a spot for your child.

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Security

Queen’s Campus Security and Emergency Services promote a safe and welcoming environment that recognizes and respects the diverse nature of the university community. Safety services you can access include emergency phones, bike patrols and a Safe Walk program.

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