Successful students are balanced students.
There is more to the university experience than marks and assignments. Successful students balance academics and play, study time, and extracurricular activities.
At Queen’s, getting connected with your community will help you find balance and will contributed to your overall success as a student.
Looking for a way to get involved with others? Want to make a difference locally and globally? Need to recharge your batteries or just blow off some steam? There’s a group to join, someone to talk to, or a team to play with. You will also find support for your health and wellness and your living and learning environment.
This is all part of making sure you succeed. And Queen’s wants you to succeed.
Learning Facilities and Spaces
State-of-the-art learning and research facilities are key ingredients for the delivery of high-quality programs. Here are just some of the spaces you will find at Queen's:
Live Building | Integrated Learning Center (ILC)
The Live Building, housed in the Integrated Learning Center, is a living lab. The ILC's mechanical, electrical, and structural systems are monitored in real-time and left open to view, showing how sustainable practices can be incorporated into building design.
Chernoff Hall has more than 14,000 square meters of space - 5,000 of which is devoted to labs - and is occupied by the Department of Chemistry.
School of Medicine Building
Opened in fall 2011, the School of Medicine Building hosts a state-of-the-art teaching clinic, lecture halls and teaching spaces, simulation labs, surgical/technical skills labs, small-group and seminar rooms, info-commons and virtual learning spaces, and student study spaces.
Home to Smith School of Business, Goodes Hall combines a restored 45,000 square foot 110-year-old Victorian schoolhouse with 68,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, student breakout rooms, and faculty offices. The building has recently undergone a 75,000 square foot expansion, opened September 15, 2012.
Home to the Biology Department, the School of Environmental Studies, and three Chemical Engineering labs, the Biosciences Complex provides faculty, researchers, and students with sophisticated equipment and high-tech laboratories. It also houses a leading-edge Phytotron, including six research-quality greenhouses and 26 plant growth chambers.
Located in a five-story building, Stauffer Library is the largest library on campus, with room for approximately 1.5 million volumes, six kilometers of book stacks, and study and research space for more than 1,200 students.
Queen's Center / Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC)
Opened in January 2010, the Queen's Center/ARC is a multi-purpose complex that integrates academics, sport and recreation, and student and community activities. The ARC hosts a 38 x 25-meter pool, gymnasia (including the main gym that seats 2,000 spectators), squash and racquetball courts, ~25,000 sq. ft. of fitness space, 4 dance/yoga studios, and 4 designated spin/fitness and combat rooms. The building also hosts a food court, fireside lounge, retail, and student club space.
Located in the countryside of East Sussex, England, the Castle is home to the Bader International Study Center (BISC) - a home-away-from-home for students from all over the world who go there to share an unparalleled experience characterized by small class sizes, integrated hands-on field studies, and a diverse faculty and student population.
Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts
Opened in September 2014, the Isabel includes a 566-seat performance hall, rehearsal hall, sound studio and recording facilities, exhibition space, art gallery, and film screening room. The School of Music, Department of Film and Media, Department of Drama, and Bachelor of Fine Art Program will share state-of-the-art teaching, performance, and exhibition spaces.
Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory
Opened September 2015, Queen’s $17 million Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory is a research endeavor for the Queen’s Nuclear Materials Group in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The goal of the RMTL is to support the development of safe and economical nuclear power for Canada.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility, Center for Neuroscience Studies (CNS)
CNS is a hub of multidisciplinary research and teaching aimed at improving our understanding of the brain. It houses a Siemens 3 Tesla whole-body MRI and supports research spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences.
Biological Station (QUBS)
Located 50 km north of Kingston, QUBS covers more than 3000 hectares of land. The main facility consists of 32 buildings, including a library, 12 separate laboratory areas, an aquarium house, and accommodations.
Innovation Park is a facility where academic, industrial, and government researchers cultivate ideas, identify and transform important technological discoveries and, with the aid of commercialization and market development experts, propel innovations into the marketplace.
Glaxo Wellcome Clinical Education Center (GWCEC)
With 12,650 square feet of uniquely designed learning space, the GWCEC provides interactive classrooms, examination/interview rooms with one-way glass, observation areas, and audio-visual capabilities for remote viewing and recording. The skills development lab has the capacity to replicate in-patient and ambulatory health care settings.
Clinical Simulation Center
Located in the Medical School Building, the Clinical Simulation Center is an 8,000 square foot clinical simulation space with four rooms for high-fidelity mannequin simulation and two large surgical skills labs.
Human Media Lab
The Human Media Lab is a futuristic space, designed to inspire students through a creative and flexible work environment. It also serves as an interactive playground, allowing students to hack and experiment with the architecture and space as a user interface.
Human Mobility Research Center (HMRC) and Lab
A partnership between Queen’s and Kingston General Hospital, the HMRC facilities include specialized labs for connective tissue, bio-simulation, tissue processing, prosthesis design, software development, and gait analysis, and one of the world's first computer-enhanced surgical suites.
The Queen’s Observatory houses a 16-inch reflecting telescope for students studying physics and astronomy.
The Phytotron is a climate-controlled greenhouse that facilitates research in biology.
Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Center's makerspace, providing students with the tools and resources needed to make their ideas come to life
The Art Conservation facilities house specialized microscopes and other equipment for conservation science.
Center for Advanced Computing (CAC)
The Center for Advanced Computing operates a high-performance data center as part of the Compute Canada family serving Canada’s research community.
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory / SNOLAB
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory is an underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics situated 2 km below the surface in a mine near Sudbury, Ontario. SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory solar neutrino experiment.
Art Gallery: Agnes Etherington Art Center
The Agnes Etherington Art Center is the largest gallery in Kingston and features a range of contemporary and historical exhibitions throughout the year.
Art Gallery: Union Gallery
Centrally located on campus in the Stauffer Library, the Union Gallery, established in 1994, is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of contemporary arts.
Study Rooms and Shared Spaces
Library and Mackintosh-Corry Hall: Bookable Seats
Student Life Center: Booking rooms in the JDUC, MacGillivray-Brown Hall, Queen's Center, and Mackintosh-Corry Hall
ASUS Red Room: A study lounge in Kingston Hall that is open five days a week and also available for booking.
Law Lounge: Known for its collegial atmosphere, the Law Lounge is central to the student experience.
Technology in the Classroom and Library
Library: Queen's Libraries have worked collaboratively to leverage the opportunities created by advances in technology, and our digital collections continue to expand.
Information Technology Services
Resources and support include:
- Facilities and Equipment:
- Computing sites and bookable classrooms are available across campus.
- Map of Wireless Locations
- Learning Resources:
- onQ: Queen's enterprise learning management system is used to deliver academic courses on the web or to supplement face-to-face instruction. It can also be used for collaborative research and project-based group work.
- Clickers: Used to provide students in large classes with a more interactive learning experience.
- Audio/Visual and Multimedia:
- Lecture capture
- Electronic Classroom Support