- Maintenance Request
- How to Apply/Eligibility
- Rent Information and Rates
- John Orr Tower Handbooks
- Moving in to John Orr
- Services, Amenities and Resources
- Sublet process
- Moving out
John Orr Tower is a 16 story apartment building containing 123 one bedroom apartments, each with a balcony. The apartments are designed to minimize the financial outlay for furnishing and maintenance while providing an attractive and comfortable atmosphere. Unfurnished apartments are equipped with refrigerators and stoves; there are also furnished units available complete with furniture.
John Orr is mainly populated by student couples and single students. Please note these units may pose a risk for children. This building is compliant with all standards and codes, but is 16 stories high, has balconies and windows which are accessible to children. There are no public play areas available.
John Orr Tower is located off of Sir John A MacDonald Drive and is a prominent feature of Queen’s west campus. Tenants may take advantage of the many west-campus recreational facilities such as tennis courts, track, gym. It is approximately a 20 minute walk from main campus.
John Orr Tower is classified as a student residence. Therefore, for income tax purposes, a maximum of $25 per year may be claimed for rent.
Current tenants who wish to be considered for a new lease MUST submit an application each year (typically in February/March for September leases).
How to Apply/Eligibility
Please note that John Orr Tower is a high rise apartment building with balconies and as such is not very well suited to accommodating children.
Applications for John Orr Tower are available year round subject to apartment availability. Most leases have annual start dates of September 1. There may be a limited number of leases with January 1 or May 1 starts. Leases are typically for 12 months. Furnished units may be available for shorter lease terms (subject to availability).
Only applications received from registered Queen’s students, faculty and/or staff will be processed. Priority for apartments is given to Queen’s students; units for other noted groups are very limited and subject to availability. Please be sure to include your Queen’s student/staff number and a current email address (preferably your @queensu.ca account) on your application. We will send you an email to let you know that your application has been received. Successful applicants will be notified by email of rental offers as they are available; please be sure to check your email regularly as there is a limited timeframe in which to respond. If you have email filtering activated, please be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe list.
Occupancy limits apply per sections 5.55 and 5.56 of the City of Kingston By-Law Number 2005-100.
Students with Disabilities
If you are a student with a disability who has particular requirements with respect to housing, you are asked to contact the Associate Director of Community Housing with documentation pertaining to your condition and your requirements specifically with respect to living accommodation (please note it is not assumed that students who require disability-related accommodation in other areas of University life e.g., in the classroom will necessarily have special requirements related to housing). Please be specific and provide as many details as possible about your particular requirements and functional limitations e.g., needing to live on the first floor due to mobility impairment.
Community Housing will do its best to meet your needs. Please be aware however, that the aim of the disability accommodation process at Queen’s is to help students with disabilities find living accommodation at the University that is most appropriate to their requirements, not to ensure their preference of living accommodation.
Early application for consideration of disability accommodation is essential. It may not be possible to meet accommodation requests made after these dates. Please contact our office to request an application form if you are applying for priority consideration due to disability accommodation.
|Lease Start||Applications Open In||Deadline for priority consideration|
|January 1||September||September 30|
|May 1||November||November 25|
|September 1||March||March 10|
- John Orr New Tenant Application form
Rent Information and Rates
- Extra Appliances: Advance permission must be received from the Associate Director or Manager of Community Housing before any additional appliances may be brought into/installed in/used in (e.g. air conditioner, extra fridge, deep freeze,space heater, washer, dryer, dishwasher) the rental unit. Additional charges may apply
- Garbage: Warnings will be issued for garbage not disposed of properly. Repeat offenders will be fined each time the landlord has to pick-up and dispose of garbage mishandled.
- License Plate Numbers & Proof of Ownership (registration): must be submitted to Community Housing. Please note: Unregistered vehicles parked in Tenant parking areas are subject to municipal tickets and towing
- Paint: please refer to Tenant Handbook, Alterations section – not to make alterations including paint and wallpaper – costs for restoring colour/condition immediately will be attributed to the tenant
- Satellite Dishes: Satellite dishes may not be installed in Community Housing Properties
- Cleaning: Tenants must leave their unit thoroughly cleaned and in a ready to rent condition upon vacating. Charges will be assessed for cleaning, damages, etc. as applicable.
Effective February 1, 2019
Utilities (Heat, water, electricity) included. Does NOT include parking, please contact Parking Services to apply for a parking permit and rate information.
|# of Bedrooms||Furnished?||Lease term||Monthly Rent|
John Orr Tower Handbooks
Services, Amenities and Resources
Storage lockers are available for each apartment at John Orr Tower. They are located in the basement area. Tenant(s) wishing to use the storage locker should contact email@example.com. This storage locker area is checked on a regular basis. Items are permitted to be stored within the caged locker itself not in the common area outside of the locker (walkway) and/or locker room (basement hallway).
Parking is NOT included in rent for John Orr Tower. Tenants wishing to park at the apartment tower are required to purchase a university parking permit from the Parking Office on campus.
John Orr Tower has a central laundry facility on the first floor. Tenants are issued a “smart card” which can be loaded using a credit or debit card. The card loading station is located in the laundry room.
Laundry Room Hours: The laundry rooms are locked 24/7 and accessible by using your building key. Tenants are asked to be considerate of others by using the laundry rooms between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 pm only (last load should be in a machine no later than 9:30 pm).
Laundry left in machines: Please ensure prompt removal of your clothing from the machines so other tenants may use them. Items left in the laundry room are left at the tenant’s own risk.
Questions about the machines or defective smart cards should be directed to Coinamatic at 1-800-561-1972 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garbage and Recycling
Domestic garbage, cardboard and other recyclable items should be deposited in the designated bins provided in the basement of John Orr Tower
The best way to learn how to protect yourself and those around you is by reading our fire safety document. In it you will find information about what to do in case of a fire or fire alarm.
Each of our units and our buildings are equipped with fire detection devices. To learn more about the fire detection models present in your unit and building follow the links below.
John Orr Tower fire devices
Additional fire safety related information is available on the Student Affairs website
Kingston Transit provides service to other areas of the city that tenants may wish to visit. For tenants, there are bus stops within walking distance from John Orr Tower. For those wishing to access other areas of the city there are many routes and schedules accessible to tenants. Visit the Kingston Transit website for details.
Thinking about Hosting An Event at Your Place?
As tenants, you and your guests are part of the Kingston community and should promote positive relations with the City and your neighbours
Make sure all of your house members are aware that a gathering is being planned
Assign a house member to be in charge of the event – controlling who comes and goes – keeping invited guests inside
Have a plan if you are having friends over where alcohol may be a factor. Be sure to inform your guests of all relevant policies before hand (e.g. not to be outside with alcohol, music volumes, etc).
You should be aware that you can be held responsible for the safety and behaviour of your guests until they are sober – not just until they leave your party. You can be held responsible for injuries or damages that can occur even after guests have left your place. Be a responsible and careful host and be sure to clean-up after your event.
A clean neighbourhood protects housing values, looks nice and instills a sense of pride in the residents of the area
Assignment or Sublease Application form – This form is to be completed by the student who wants to sublet or assign a unit from a current tenant of An Clachan or John Orr Tower.
|Responsibility for lease||The assignee is taking on all the responsibilities of the head lease for the remainder of that lease period||The sub-tenant is renting from the tenant and the tenant remains responsible to the landlord for the unit and the sub-tenant|
|Eligibility||The assignee must qualify for a head lease (be a registered Queen’s student in good standing)||The sub-tenant must be a registered Queen’s student in good standing.|
|Rent||The full rent for the unit is being paid by the assignee(s) to Community Housing||The tenant decides on the amount of rent the sub-tenant is to pay (cannot be more than the lawful rent for the unit) which the sub-tenant pays to the tenant. The tenant continues to pay Community Housing directly for the full rent|
|Signing a lease in next period||Assignees who started their tenancy by March 1 will be afforded the same opportunity to sign a new lease (based on eligibility, behaviour, rent history, etc.) as other tenants. Assignees who start their tenancy after March 1 will be considered for a new lease on a case-by-case basis (not automatic).In all cases, rent for units where an assignment is done will be moved to market rent in the lease period immediately following the assignment (e.g. if an assignee in period Sept 2011 to Aug 2012 and offered new lease, rent will be moved to market rent for Sept 2012 lease).||Sub-tenants do not have renewal rights to the unit for the following rental period. Sub-tenants who wish to be considered for a rental unit of their own in the next lease period must apply (applications open February 1 each year). If a sub-tenant is allocated a rental unit for the new lease period, they will be required to vacate their unit per their Sublease Agreement and will not be able to take possession of the new unit until 3pm September 1 per the terms of the Lease Agreement.In all cases, rent for units where a sublet is done will be moved to market rent in the lease period immediately following the sublease (e.g. if sublet in period Sept 2011 to Aug 2012 and the subtenants are offered new lease, rent will be moved to market rent for Sept 2012 lease).|
|End of lease||The normal end date of the original head lease applies||The sub-tenancy typically ends at least one day before the end of the head lease|
- Tenant(s) submits a Request to assign or sublet their unit. An application form from potential sub-tenant/assignee may be submitted at this time as well.
- Upon receipt of the request, an inspection of the unit will usually be scheduled (usually 3-5 business days after receipt of the request) to review the unit for cleanliness and any damages. If the unit passes the inspection and the rent account is up-to-date, the request will be approved and the tenant notified by email. If the unit fails inspection, the tenant will receive further correspondence on what must be addressed. Once addressed, the tenant may request another inspection. There will be a charge of $25 for this follow-up inspection and for each additional inspection that is required in regard to the assignment/sublet request.
- Eligibility of the prospective sub-tenant/assignee will be reviewed and approved as noted above.
- Paperwork (the sublease or assignment agreement) will be produced and a meeting scheduled with the parties to complete the paperwork (usually 3-5 business days after approval is granted).