Each year, about 5-10 percent of first year students choose not live in residence. FYNIRS (First Year Not In Residence Students) at Queen's is an inter-faculty orientation offered to first year students arriving at the university, who for a number of different reasons decide not to live in residence.
FYNIRS Orientation runs during the same weekend as Residence Orientation. This year, our orientation runs from Sunday, September 1st to Tuesday September 3rd.
Since FYNIRS Orientation takes place during the few days before Faculty Orientation starts it is still possible for students to attend both Orientations and maximize their exposure to all the welcoming opportunities Queen's has to offer!
FYNIRS Orientation gives first year students an opportunity to ask questions, make new friends and networks on campus, familiarize themselves with Queen's campus and the surrounding City of Kingston, and of course, HAVE FUN!
The Orientation consists of a variety of events including but not limited to Frosh Olympics, Games Night, Campus Scavenger Hunt, Clubs/Campus Resource Night, and a Boat Cruise. We also share some events with Residence Orientation which provides a great opportunity for students to make friends in residence as well! All events are planned with accessibility and the students’ best interests in mind.
Lastly, FYNIRS also has a Lounge Space in room A616 of the Queen's Centre on campus. The lounge is a '24 hour' space for students to go between classes to study, get help with homework, visit with the friends they made during orientation, and connect with upper-year students in a relaxing and friendly environment.
For students not living in residence first year it is an excellent opportunity to get involved!
Any questions regarding FYNIRS Orientation or year-round events can be addressed to this year’s FYNIRS Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.