Student Life

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.

Learn more about campus life at Queen’s.

Orientation Week

Orientation Week welcomes you to Queen’s and gives you the opportunity to meet the people you will have classes and share in fun activities with. The University hosts 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 to residence, workshops and social activities to build connections and link students and their families to campus supports through the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre.

Seminars on time management, wellness in first year and student panels are also provided to aid in student transition.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

One way to get involved on campus is to join 1 of more than 300 student clubs at Queen’s, where you can meet others with common interests, share your talents and relieve stress.

Indigenous Student Clubs

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

Alma Mater Society

The Alma Mater Society 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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Varsity Athletics

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

Read more about Queen’s varsity athletics.

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, QSAS is available to help. Contact the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you.

Student Academic Success Services (SASS)

Student Academic Success Services offers academic support to students who wish to develop their skills in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Reading
  • Learning
  • Studying
  • Writing
  • Self-management

Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome at all stages of their program and with all levels of ability.

SASS offers:

  • Individual appointments to enhance students’ academic and writing skills
  • Workshops
  • Outreach events
  • Online resources

Office of Faith and Spiritual Life

The Office of Faith and Spiritual Life 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

Child care is available at Queen’s Day Care Centre.

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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 include emergency phones, bike patrols and a Safe Walk program.

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