Queen's has a number of resources and services designed to help you study, learn, grow and live. In fact, Queen's is known for its high quality student experience available through campus life activities.
Student Safety & Community Living
There are many departments on campus that are here to promote a safe and welcoming environment that recognizes and is respectful of the diverse nature of the Queen's University Community. From providing a safety App for your mobile phone (SeQURE), to various support groups on campus and tips on living in Kingston, we are here for you.
The department of Student Affairs has provided information on all the resources and groups available to you, to keep you safe both on and off campus. It would be worthwhile to take a look and bookmark the Safety Section of the Student Affairs website.
SeQure is a mobile safety app for Queen's students. It provides quick access to campus security resources, including the campus security emergency line, and student government services such as AMS Walkhome.
SeQure also provides tips, information and tools to help students further enhance their security. The app currently works on iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices
The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) is a support service for all members of the Queen's community. Our mission is to promote "an internationally informed and cross-culturally sensitive university community," while providing extended services for international students, staff and their families, to aid their cultural and social transitions to Queen's and the Kingston Community. QUIC has a complete library of information about various countries and offers training and support for Queen's students interested in adding an international element to their studies. QUIC also provides support to international students who attend Queen's on exchange or as degree-seeking students. QUIC is located in the John Deutsch University Centre in the heart of Main Campus at the corner of Union Street and University Avenue.
Taken from Scottish Gaelic words meaning elite woman or educated woman, the Ban Righ Centre is a supportive, welcoming space run by women for women — especially mature students. It is located on Bader Lane near the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Facilities include a drop-in centre, quiet study areas, a computer lab, a lounge, kitchen facilities, a lending library and space to nurse and change your baby. Services include advocacy, academic support, bursary assistance and special event programming. These services are available free of charge to all women at Queen's.
According to Aboriginal teachings, the elements of a complete education come from four directions: Academic Spiritual Physical Emotional These teachings are the inspiration behind the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, a place where members of the Queen's Aboriginal community can come to deepen their appreciation for their heritage. The Graduate Admissions officer will connect you with special scholarships, awards and bursaries. They can help you access funds to attend conferences, advise on academic matters and even put you in touch with an Elder.
Queen's has a number of faith based organizations, many with links to community organizations and groups. Spaces and events are open across campus. The Chaplain's Office provides a confidante and advisor to students, staff and faculty. This peaceful and safe space is ideal for bringing problems, concerns or crisis with the assurance of a personal, confidential and hopefully helpful relationship. We are part of Student Affairs at Queen's University and serve the entire community.
The Society of Graduate and Professional Students represents approximately 2500 Queen's students who are registered in the School of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Education and the Queen's Theological College. Your student organization represents and advocates for you on all levels of University administration and lobbies the federal, provincial and municipal governments on issues crucial to the well-being and success of graduate and professional students. To keep you informed about their initiatives, SGPS has a news section on its website; publishes the antiThesis;and sends out regular emails
The Queen's community encourages tolerance and inclusivity and we embrace the Positive Space program as a means of promoting acceptance for all students. Departments, offices, living spaces and services across campus sport the Positive Space sticker to show their appreciation for sexual and gender diversity and their support for and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and staff members. Positive Space participants can answer questions, provide assistance, suggest resources and refer you to appropriate services on campus and around Kingston. ·
The Alma Mater Society's Walkhome Service provides safe passage home, both on and off-campus, after dark to members of the Queen's community.
Queen’s University offers a wide range of programs and services to help you, our graduate students, succeed academically, personally and professionally. You will find a comprehensive information on support services available to all students on the website of the Division of Student Affairs.
Health & Wellbeing
It’s is not exceptional to experience occasional worry and stress over the many activities and responsibilities competing for your time and attention as a graduate student. If your concerns become overwhelming and intrude into your sense of wellbeing, then it’s time to seek help. First of all, you can talk in complete confidence with professional counsellors. Within the School of Graduate Studies, on the fourth floor of Gordon Hall, we offer the services of an on-site counsellor well versed in issues that graduate students face. Visit the SGS Counsellor page to learn more and to book an appointment. Alternative counselling services, as well as a full range of general medical services, are available from the Queen’s Health, Counselling and Disability facility in the Lasalle Building. You may like to consult with the cross-cultural advisor who can offer valuable support for students from diverse backgrounds adjusting to a different culture and environment.
We have some useful online modules on mental health that students have found to be very beneficial. The “Mental Health and Wellbeing” in the My Grad Skills module set: is an interactive 90 minute module designed specifically for graduate students. The module gives you some valuable tools to increase your understanding of health and wellness and to help you manage your well-being in your graduate life and during your transition to a career.
Fitness & Wellbeing
All of us find it helpful to take time away from our busy work and study schedules for fitness and relaxation. The casual recreation opportunities offered by the Queen’s Athletics and Recreation facility are available to you at no additional charge – membership is part of your student fees. Visit the Athletics and Recreation page and the Athletics & Recreations own website. Check out the website and the e-newsletter of your professional association, the Society for Professional and Graduate Students for opportunities to socialize though group events and recreational pursuits.
Queen’s University is committed to creating a community that respects the dignity and worth of all persons who seek to participate in the life, work and mission of the University and to maintaining a culture that is welcoming, accommodating and supportive of persons with disabilities. If you need support because of a disability, the university can help you with an accommodation plan. To learn more about how to put an accommodation plan into action, please visit the pages on the SGS website that describe accommodations for graduate students (PDF 62KB) and also the section for students on the Disability Services website to learn about the respective roles and responsibilities for students, instructors, and the Disability Services Office. Visit also the Accessibility Hub website for comprehensive information on accessibility at Queen’s, including accessible entrances of buildings and facilities within them.
Meal Plans and on campus Food
Ever thought about when and what you are going to eat? Queen's Food Services can help you out. If you live at Jean Royce Hall, Harkness International Hall, Graduate Residence or in off-campus housing, you have an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of campus dining by participating in an Optional Meal Plan at reasonable prices.
Worry Free Plans provide you with the security of knowing that you have meals for the entire school year and the flexibility to use Flex Dollars in our retail locations. Like our Resident Dining Plans, these meal plans are exempt from P.S.T. and G.S.T. You may choose the Worry Free Plan that best meets your schedule and budget. You may choose to supplement your Worry Free Plan by purchasing additional Flex Dollars or Convenience Cash. These funds can be used in the same locations as Flex Dollars and select vending machines.
If you require more flexibility, participate in a Commuter Plan. These plans are subject to G.S.T. The "5 Meal Plan" is perfect if your schedule has you on campus over lunch. One of the other "Commuter Plans" is a wise choice if your schedule is variable — rather than a weekly meal allocation, you choose the rate at which you redeem your meals.