Universities in Kingston

Queen’s University

One of Canada’s oldest institutions that offers degree programs, Queen’s University was established in 1841 by Queen Victoria.

Located in the heart of Kingston, Canada, and nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario, it is also near a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal. It’s also located conveniently right between Montreal and Toronto.

Home to about 22,000 students, this university is medium in size, and hosts students of around 100 different nationalities. Its focus is on research, and it includes a number of faculties, professional schools and colleges. Located in East Sussex in the UK, it is also connected to the Bader International Study Centre.

Intensive research at Queen’s University is focused on engineering, computational science, globalization studies, clinical biomedical sciences, mental health, sustainable energy systems and social issues that center around topics like bullying and poverty.

Queen’s University offers the following options for incoming students:

  • Faculty of Arts and Science

  • Faculty of Law

  • Faculty of Education

  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Smith School of Business

  • School of Graduate Studies

  • School of Policy Studies

One of the most popular programs taught at Queen’s University is Business and Economics, but they have a large catalog of many other courses, including the areas of Psychology, Life Sciences, Liberal Studies, Media Studies and more.

How to get there

By Bus (directly from the airport)

Operated by Megabus, there is a direct line that runs from the Toronto airport and on into Kingston and Queen’s University, which can take approximately 4 hours. You can purchase a ticket online, or even when you arrive at the airport in Toronto, right at the Arrivals area at the Pacific Western Ticket kiosk.

The bus will drop you off right in front of Goodes Hall once you arrive at the Queen’s University campus. You will also only be about 100 meters west of the John Deutsch University Centre, which is where you will find the Queen’s University International Centre.

When you arrive in Kingston at the bus stop, you can easily find taxis or buses from all of the rain and bus stations. Keep in mind that taxis will be more expensive, but if you are pressed for time, they will take you directly to your destination with no stops.

Student associations

Queen’s University boasts many student associations, but the most popular is the Alma Mater Society, or AMS. In fact, it is the main undergraduate association at the university and is the largest of its kind in Canada. This association is wonderful at ensuring that incoming international students feel at home and learn to quickly acclimate to their new surroundings. They prepare a regular calendar of events that enable students to socialize with their classmates at parties and barbecues, as well as meet those with similar interests so that they can network within their intended field. They even offer opportunities for internships and partnerships with area businesses and organizations.


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