Founded in 1673 on a First Nation site called Katarokwi, the settlement was eventually referred to as "the King's Town" in honour of King George III, with the name shortening to "Kingston" by 1788. Kingston is also nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many historic buildings built with local limestone.
Kingston is a home-away-from-home not only for students from Queen’s, but also for those attending the Royal Military College and St. Lawrence College – more than 30,000 in all!
Described by students as both “quaint” and “eclectic,” Kingston is big enough to provide all the conveniences of modern life, and small enough for students, staff, and faculty to feel instantly comfortable and at home.
Queen’s is a full-spectrum, research-intensive university that conducts leading-edge research in a variety of areas, including:
Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more.
We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others.
Whether you’re planning your arrival or settling in for a long stay here, or planning to study abroad, the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) will help you find the information you need to make the right decisions. QUIC also provides valuable resources for students who wish to deepen their international engagement by participating in campus activities that expose them to a global perspective.
QSAS offers the following supports and services:
Our liaison librarians are connected with each faculty and department at Queen’s and work closely with faculty to ensure that the library’s services and collections support research and curriculum needs.
Working together with specialists from across the library, your liaison librarian can help you design research strategies, access and effectively use key information resources, manage your data, publish your research, navigate copyright and fair dealing, and stay current in your field. Your liaison librarian can also work with you to offer a wide range of teaching and learning support, including course-related instructional sessions and programs.
Facilities and Equipment:
Queen's Student Wellness Services (formerly "Health, Counselling, and Disability Services" or "HCDS") supports the personal, academic, and social development of students at Queen's University by providing a range of programs and services. Our mission is to provide a welcoming, confidential, and integrated service that is responsive to the needs of students.
Queen's is located in the city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, half-way between Montreal and Toronto, two of Canada's largest cities. Kingston is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, near the entrance to the St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands, and the Rideau Canal.
The best way to get to know Queen’s is by coming to visit. Explore our historic buildings, attend cultural events, and spend some time in our distinguished museums, archives, and galleries.
Run by the Alma Mater Society and staffed by students, the Visitor and Information Centre has campus maps on hand, as well as literature about Queen’s and Kingston, including Kingston bus schedules, and 1000 Islands Cruise schedules.
Whether you are on-campus or off campus, the Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC) offers a wide array of fitness opportunities to get you active throughout the entire year. Workout in our naturally lit, climate controlled environment. Watch TV or dock your iPod on the latest exercise equipment. The ARC has the equipment and space for your fitness needs.
The ARC is open to students, Queen’s staff, faculty, alumni, retirees and the Kingston community. To access the facilities you must either be a member or purchase a day/week pass.
Queen's students don't limit their learning to the classroom. They join clubs, run for student government, try out for sports teams, and test their skills in academic competitions. The Student Experience at Queen's is about exploring all your capabilities — academic and otherwise — while learning the values of teamwork, and extending this knowledge to topics and causes that interest you beyond your major.
A well-rounded education produces well-rounded individuals, equipped to take on the world and succeed in life after graduation. Queen's Student Experience is a road map to your future. It’s a road map that we have been using for more than 175 years to educate future leaders, and it works.
All BISC courses are accredited by Queen’s University (Canada) and are subject to scrupulous quality assurance reviews and standardization by both the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (Canada) and the UK government’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (United Kingdom).