Queen’s University is one of the oldest degree granting institutions in Canada, and has been leading the field in post-secondary education since its foundation in 1841. This profound sense of history defines the institution.

Queen’s is full of libraries, galleries and museums dedicated to the discovery and preservation of that history. In fact, in 2014 Queens University was found to have more library holdings per student than any other Canadian university.

The campus is framed in the original old world limestone, and lit by sunlight reflected off the mighty St. Lawrence River. Towering trees as old as the soil itself sit in green spaces that highlight both the majesty of the man-made structures and the university’s unerring dedication to a sustainable campus.

Queen’s University – Quick Facts


  • 4th in Canada by Maclean’s University Rankings
  • 187th in the world by QS World University Rankings
  • 48th business school worldwide by Business Insider
  • 74th for employability worldwide by the New York Times
  • 8-16 in Canada by the Shanghai Academic Ranking of Word Universities
  • 101-150 for social sciences worldwide by the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 1st for percentage of students who graduate (92%) by Maclean’s University Rankings


Queen’s primary campus is located in Kingston, Ontario, on the southwest edge of the city. The main campus is over 100 acres large, and bordered on the south by Lake Ontario.

The university also maintains smaller regional campuses in Rideau Lakes, Ontario and Hinchinbrooke, Quebec. The Bader International Study Centre is housed in the donated Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England , and provides a base for Queen’s University academics in Europe.

Percentage of International Students:

7% of full time students are international students


Queen’s University is a medium sized research school. It offers a wide variety of degree programs in over 150 academic disciplines, organized into 7 faculties and schools.

59% of the students and faculty at Queen’s are in the Faculty of Arts and Science, which includes their highly sought after social sciences programs. The facilities at Queen’s U are extensive, with a large campus and dedicated student residence halls that house 90% of all first year students.

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Ideal Kingston Neighbourhoods for Students

A common neighborhood for students to live in located between Union Street on the south, Princess Street to the north, Barrie Street to the east and Albert Street on the west.

The University District

The majority of the homes in the neighborhood were built prior to WWI and it is referred to as the “University District” because it is home to mostly students.

Since Kingston doesn’t have the transit infrastructure, roadways or available parking to facilitate thousands of commuting students every day, most students choose to live in this neighborhood or on the outskirts. It is roughly a 10-minute walk or less from the neighborhood to the University.

The University District neighborhood is vibrant and fun loving. There are often street wide festivals and parties where students can BBQ and play games.

The concentration of students certainly comes with an expected level of neighbourly noise in the University District, however it’s important to consider that the level of noise and distraction is far less than if students were to choose to live in the campus residence.