About Kingston

Life in Kingston

In 2014, BBC Travel named Kingston, ON, home of Queen’s University, one of five “great university towns” around the world.

With a population of 170,000, Kingston is a thriving small city located on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario, at the source of the St. Lawrence River. It is centrally located, less than a three-hour drive to Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa, and less than six hours to New York City or Boston.

With more restaurants per capita than almost any other city in Canada, even the most discerning of foodies will find some new favourites here. In addition to plenty of pubs and nightclubs, the Kingston region boasts some of the finest craft brewers and wine producers in the country.

Take in a play or enjoy a concert at one of Kingston’s performing arts facilities. Be inspired in the many art galleries, artisan shops and studio tours available throughout the city. Kingston is also home to dozens of annual festivals and events every year.

The majority of Queen’s students live within a 15 minute walk to campus, eliminating the time-consuming commutes associated with universities in larger urban centres. This closeness creates a strong sense of community amongst our students that is truly unique.

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Location

Located midway between Toronto and Montreal, within two hours drive of Ottawa, and 40 minutes of the U.S. border, Kingston is easily accessible by air, bus or train.