University leases rooms for graduate students at downtown hotel
Queen’s will offer new graduate student accommodations at the Confederation Place Hotel in downtown Kingston this fall.
“This is an exciting opportunity that gives graduate students the residence experience of living and interacting with their peers in Kingston’s vibrant downtown just minutes from campus,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “Graduate students will have easy access to the many amenities that make Kingston one of the best cities in Canada to live.”
Leasing 54 rooms to start at Confederation Place adds to the diversity of Queen’s graduate student housing offerings at John Orr Tower and An Clachan, which together, are home to almost 400 students and their families. A limited number of the hotel rooms are suitable for couples.
“Living downtown will give graduate students a better idea of what Kingston has to offer. It will help them see themselves as Kingstonians, as well as Queen’s students, and perhaps encourage them to imagine a future here once their studies are complete,” says Matthew Scribner, President, Society of Graduate and Professional Students.
The current Graduate Residence located in the John Deutsch University Centre will become home to first-year undergraduate students this September. The university is also adding new beds for first-year undergraduate students as part of an expansion of Waldron Tower.
Queen’s is planning a modest increase in enrolment for September 2012 and wants to ensure space on campus for incoming undergraduate students. Student housing to meet the university’s strategic enrolment plan has been identified as a fundamental priority for Queen’s Campus Master Plan Advisory Committee that will review and update the 2002 Campus Plan over the next 12 months.