City Offers Helpful Information for Student Move-in Weekend

Published on: 2019/08/31 - in Releases

RELEASE — Expect the areas around Queen’s University and St. Lawrence to be extremely busy this weekend as 20,000 students move into Kingston.

“Students, we welcome the energy and ideas that you bring to Kingston and we hope you enjoy exploring your new hometown and all it has to offer,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

Motorists and Residents

Go to to plan your weekend trips. It offers information on weekend road closures and changes – including those to accommodate the student move-in at Queen’s University residences on Saturday, Aug. 31.

“More than 4,500 students are moving into Queen’s University campus residences on Saturday. This is also a popular move-in time for students who are not in residence,” says Ian Semple, director, transportation services. “We’re encouraging residents to choose alternate routes and modes of travel where possible for the day.” Those moving into the residences were given move-in time slots by Queen’s to help stagger arrival times and manage local traffic. A similar approach was followed in 2018.

On move-in weekend residents and visitors can call the City at 613-546-0000 and say “parking emergency” for any urgent issues such as blocked driveways and towed vehicles. For bylaw issues relating to noise, property standards or solid waste, call 613-546-4291 ext. 3135 or email Residents can also follow the City on Twitter at @CityofKingston for updates during move-in.


Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and Royal Military College students can find “Kingston 101” quick links to the City services at, including links to Kingston Transit, Utilities Kingston, garbage and recycling, cultural and recreational events and tourism information. Students are encouraged to get involved in the community and make use of all the City of Kingston has to offer.

Attending or hosting a party? Learn about the University District Safety Initiative aimed at keeping you safe

Queen’s University produced the following video for its students:

Moving In Off Campus

Open Your Utilities Kingston Account Online

If you are moving, contact Utilities Kingston as soon as possible to open or close your account. A minimum of five business days’ notice is necessary to ensure your utility services are opened or closed on the date requested.

You can open your account using the convenient online form.

To avoid delays, it is necessary for the account holder or a representative to be at the service address if the meters are not accessible from the outside. The only person authorized to make any changes to the account is the person whose name appears on the bill. If your name appears on the bill, you are considered fully responsible for the account until your cancellation request is received and processed.

Utility services can also be opened or closed by calling the customer service centre, Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 613-546-0000.

Hydro One electricity customers can call 1-888-664-9376. Union Gas customers can call 1-888-774-3111.

Release source: City of Kingston
Video: Queen’s University
Photo (edited) via Pixabay (cc)