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Creative solutions avert housing crisis for Queen’s Residences


Increased enrollment and greater interest in living on-campus from upper year students have resulted in the need to use expanded space for housing Queen’s students in Residences this year.

To accommodate the 4000 students who have applied for residence living, student staff office space – actual bedrooms previously assigned to dons as office space – and residence floor common rooms will be converted to bedrooms.

In addition, first-year students have the discounted option of living in single rooms arranged with loft or bunk style accommodation suitable for two students. The students in these rooms have the same amenities as any other student in residence.

“We are committed to ensuring that students have a positive and enriching experience in residences this year,” says director of Housing and Hospitality Services, Bruce Griffiths.

A committee of administrators, student council members and residence life staff has been meeting for several months to plan for the greater number of students expected in Residence next week.

The additional revenue from extra spaces created has allowed for renovations and upgrades to common rooms within various buildings to create group social spaces.

Additionally, there are a number of other social spaces within residence buildings for group activities. These include:
• The Lazy Scholar, Victoria Hall – a late night lounge featuring a gourmet coffee bar, food services, games tables, televisions and fireplaces
• Lower Common Room, McNeill House – a large gathering area with a pool table, kitchen, large screen televisions, and lounge furniture
• Fireside Room, Ban Righ – a larger multipurpose room for group events, meetings or receptions
• “Gord’s” – opening in September 2008, a new food lounge featuring a healthy options menu along with a range of entertainment options
• Theatre Royce, Jean Royce Hall – a west campus multi-purpose and theatre space, with a data projector, screen and surround sound
• After Hours Café, Jean Royce Hall – the dining hall at Jean Royce includes an after hours coffee bar, large screen television and pool table

Queen’s has 3,671 rooms available in 15 residences on main and west campus featuring a range of room/building sizes and styles (from 68 students to nearly 800 students per building).

Queen’s Residences living and learning environment offers students the opportunity to develop lifetime friendships and meet people with a variety of diverse backgrounds, faiths, lifestyles, ideas and beliefs including:
• a mix of first and upper-year students
• international students, including School of English students, and
• live-in student staff who offer guidance and support to students, and arrange floor and building activities (Residence Life Coordinators, Dons, Intergroup Facilitators and student councils).

Rooms are assigned to first-year students using a random lottery process, providing each student an equal chance of receiving one of the preferences indicated on their application.

Due to the number of students requiring housing this year there will be no opportunity to make room changes prior to arrival and in all likelihood opportunities for room re-assignment following move-in will be few.

For more information contact Alissa Clark, (613) 533-6000 ext. 77513, or Molly Kehoe, (613) 533-2877,


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