University District Tenants
- How to Apply/Eligibility
- Rent Information and Rates
- University District Handbook
- Services, Amenities and Resources
- Garbage & Recycling
- Fire Safety
- Responsible Event Hosting
- Sublet & Assignment Process
- Maintenance Request Form
All University District properties are within a 5-10 minute walk to campus, and each property is unique depending on age, size, number of bedrooms, and number of bathrooms. Students apply together for a property, and are “jointly and severally liable” for all provisions of the lease for the unit; that is to say students rent the entire unit or house as a ‘household’; and not by the bedroom. We do not pair roommates together, as we want to ensure you select a household that you know, trust, and respect.
We highly recommend doing your own Housemate Agreement in advance, to decide cleaning schedules, grocery shopping, house rules, how to pay your utilities as a group …etc.
You can find an online 3D map of campus and Community Housing properties here.
Available properties vary year to year and will be listed as they become available. Applications are not accepted in advance of the property listing and are property-specific. Submitting an application for a unit is your agreement to sign a lease on that unit if your application is approved by the University; applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions about this process, please email us.
Our University District rental properties are classified as a student residence. Therefore, for income tax purposes, a maximum of $25 per year may be claimed for rent.
Please note, leases for University District units are 12 month fixed-term leases running from 3:00 p.m. May 1 to 12:00 pm (NOON) April 30.
Queen’s Owned Rental Properties in the University District:
You can find an online 3D map of campus and Community Housing properties here.
- Aberdeen Street: 5, 7,
- Albert Street: 120, 130, 138
- Alfred Street: 135, 137, 139, 151, 153, 159, 161, 163
- Barrie Street: 170, 172, 174, 178, 180, 182, 188, 190
- Clergy Street W: 11, 15 1/2, 17, 25, 27, 29, 31, 35, 37, 39, 41, 45, 105
- Division: 39, 47
- Earl Street: 226, 228, 308, 310, 314, 316, 318, 320
- Queen’s Crescent: 119, 123, 127
- University Avenue: 174, 176, 178, 181, 182, 184, 185, 186, 187, 189, 191, 192, 193, 194
How to Apply/Eligibility
- The rental units available in the University District vary from year-to-year depending on renewals by current tenants and/or needs of the University. The information below illustrates the process for allocating properties that do become available through this process.
Application = Offer to Lease
Beginning late November, available University District rental units will be advertised on the Community Housing Listing Service. Interested students may contact our office per the requirements in the listing ad to book an appointment to view a unit. Applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. IMPORTANT: By submitting an application for a unit, the applicants are agreeing to sign a lease for the unit on the University’s normal terms and conditions IF the application is approved. The application is the applicants’ Offer to Lease the unit from the Landlord.
Signing a Lease in Subsequent Periods
In order to sign a lease in future periods, tenants MUST apply during the current tenant re-application period (information is sent to tenants in early November), be offered and sign a new lease. Factors such as behaviour and rent payment history are also taken into account. Please be mindful of these things when deciding on who you will choose to live with. Any rent increase in subsequent lease periods will be dependent on the percentage of ORIGINAL household members who sign a lease for the subsequent period. Where re-application is received by the deadline and more than 50% of the ORIGINAL household is vacating, the current tenant(s) acknowledge and agree that if a new lease is offered, rent for the new lease will be at the new market rent as determined by Community Housing, see example below.
|Lease Period – Year 1||Lease Period – Year 2||Lease Period – Year 3|
|Person A||A reapplied||A did not reapply|
|Person B||B reapplied||B did not reapply|
|Person C||C reapplied||C reapplied|
|Person D||D did not reapply||—|
|–||E New Person applied||E reapplied|
|This group constitutes the “Original Household”||Less than 50% of the “Original Household“ from Year 1 vacating.||Greater than 50% of the “Original Household” from Year 1 are vacating, a lease is offered to Year 3 at market rent. This group forms a new “original household”|
Students requiring Special Consideration
Queen’s Community Housing strives to provide the best possible environment for students to achieve their academic goals. The residential rental properties owned by Queen’s University and managed by Community Housing are not handicapped accessible housing. Tenants/occupants have the opportunity to view the unit personally or have an agent view the unit prior to signing a lease and should be able to make an informed decision if the unit meets their individual needs as the unit is presented. However, there may be unique circumstances where a tenant/occupant may request special consideration. Community Housing cannot guarantee to accommodate all requests for special consideration.
Not all disabilities or medical conditions require special assignment or considerations. The documentation completed by the medical professional must verify the tenant has a disability or medical condition but not the specific diagnosis, and identify the functional limitation (if any) related to the disability or medical condition.
Should you have questions regarding this or would like to make a request for consideration, please contact Community Housing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rent is due on the 1st day of each month.
- Rent rates vary depending on the property.
- Inclusion of utilities also differs from property-to-property.
Community Housing accepts one payment only per unit. “Split rent” payments are permitted only when Pre Authorized Debit Agreement Forms (for the balance of the lease term) are submitted by all members of the rental unit; all required documentation for the unit must be received as a package by the 15th day of the month preceding the month to start split rent payments (i.e. April 15 for May leases, August 15 for September leases). Where tenants choose to split rent payments for their unit in this way, the total of the amounts to be debited each month must equal the monthly rent.
Pre-Authorized Debit Agreements
Units choosing to pay rent in one monthly installment may also use the Pre Authorized Debit Agreement Forms, pay by cash, debit, money order to the Community Housing office so that it is received by the first day of each month. If your unit chooses to leave post-dated cheques, your unit will need to provide a series of post-dated cheques for the full lease term, for the total monthly rent, dated for the first day of each month.
Late Rent, Overdue Accounts, and Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF)
If rent is not paid by the first day each month or a cheque is returned for any reason or we are unsuccessful in debiting funds through automatic debit due to non-sufficient funds (NSF), Funds held, Funds not cleared, cannot trace etc, the full rent charge will be added along with an additional administration fee (this is separate from the fee charged by your bank). Only cash, interac, money order, or certified cheque will be accepted for payment of rent and the NSF fee in these situations (these cannot be added to your next pre-authorized debit payment).
On a first time failure to pay full rent (including NSFs), the unit will be sent a letter requesting payment. Failure to respond to that notice or a second rent related problem will end the privilege of split rent payments for the unit for the duration of the lease and result in the filing of a L9 Application to Collect Rent The Tenant Owes with the Landlord and Tenant Board. This carries an additional charge and involves a hearing in front of the Board (unless the rent due, NSF fees and the filing fee are paid in advance of the hearing). Subsequent rent related problems will result in additional L9 Applications and/or lead to eviction proceedings. While this is the usual process, the University reserves the right to move directly to the “N4 – Notice to End a Tenancy Early for Nonpayment of Rent” and/or “L9 – Application to Collect Rent the Tenant Owes”, as permitted by the Residential Tenancies Act in regards to late rent. Most importantly, poor rent payment history will prevent tenants from being able to rent a Queen’s owned property in the future. Where there are outstanding debts, any payments received from tenants will be applied first to the outstanding debt with any remaining balance applied against current charges. It is the responsibility of the tenant(s) to ensure the unit account remains in good standing.
We do not track individual payments – outstanding amounts are charged to the unit/household. Household members are responsible for tracking their payments. There is an administrative fee to have our records searched.
Outstanding accounts owed to Community Housing is considered debts to the University. They are reported to the University on a monthly basis. All sanctions apply to these outstanding accounts, including withholding of marks, transcripts and blocking of registration. Please remember, all tenants of a unit are “jointly and severally” responsible for any debts of that unit. Even if you have an agreement with your roommates to split the rent payments, if one does not pay everyone is held responsible for the debt.
Note 1: accepted methods of payment – pre-authorized debit, cash, cheque, money order, interac, in CANADIAN funds only.
Note 2: we cannot accept future rent payments other than via post dated cheques/pre-authorized debits
Note 3: we understand circumstances sometime crop up where special consideration may be warranted for late payment of rent. When this happens, tenants should send in a request for consideration to Community Housing by emailing email@example.com outlining a) what the exceptional circumstance is and b) the timeframe that we should expect rent payment. If such a request is received, reviewed and found that an exception to pay late should be granted, it would be understood that this is a one-time exception not an on-going arrangement.
There are other fees applicable from time to time. The list below illustrates some of the more common ones but is not an all inclusive list:
- Extra Appliances: Advance permission must be received from the Manager, Community Housing and/or designate 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.
- 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.
PARKING for Tenants – Parking is not included in rent. There is limited active parking spaces available for Tenants. Parking privileges apply only to the person issued the tenant parking permit hang tag and in the appropriate tenant designated parking areas for this property group, University District. Tenants will need to provide Community Housing with proof of vehicle registration in their own name or a parent with the same last name and license plate number. All vehicles registered with Community Housing must display a valid parking permit hang tag in the vehicle window at all times. Where this privilege is granted, it is not transferable to another vehicle, person and/or property group eg., An Clachan, John Orr Tower. Tenant designated parking lots and driveways are monitored weekdays, Monday to Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. At this time, Community Housing is not charging an additional parking fee to tenants. Parking fees may be subject to change at a later date.
PARKING for Visitors – We do not have visitor parking in our tenant designated lots. The options are on-street parking (as indicated on signage), or there is underground parking at the Athletics and Recreation Centre.
Two laundry rooms are provided for the exclusive use of students living in Queen’s owned University District rentals. These facilities are located at:
- 153 Alfred, and
- 170 Barrie.
- Please visit Coinamatic for Service Requests or for Refund Requests.
- All tenants are required to download the Coinamatic CP mobile app from Apple Store or Google Play to pay for their washing and drying.
- For those without a smartphone, you will be able to purchase a new laundry card directly from a Card Reload Kiosk.
Card Reload Kiosk Locations:
- An Clachan – 47 Van Order Drive, in the lobby of Building 5
- Victoria Hall on campus
Consideration should be given to the time of day laundry facilities are being used to be considerate of tenants as noises do carry. Tenants are asked to use 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.
Garbage and Recycling
- Garbage and recyclable materials must be placed out as approved by the City of Kingston.
- Download the Kingston Waste App to get your garbage/recycling schedules and reminders sent right to your phone. Enter your address to get custom notifications for your location.
- Furniture and other large items will can be donated or dropped off at a local waste transfer station (dump) for a fee (typically by weight).
Students living in the University District are within a 5-10 minute walk of campus buildings and services, but for those wishing to access other areas of the city there are many routes accessible to tenants. Visit the Kingston Transit website for more information on routes and schedules.
- Fire safety is always important.
- 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.
- Fire Safety Devices in the University District
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.
Tips for Responsible Hosting
When hosting a gathering at your place, there are few things you can do to support a respectful and safe environment:
- Follow the current restrictions on gatherings and ensure you and your guests follow Public Health guidelines.
- Read Kingston’s bylaws around Noise (PDF | 978KB) and Nuisance Parties (PDF | 157KB)
- Keep music and guests at an appropriate and manageable level
- Decide on a guest list ahead of time and stick to it
- Have food and water for your guests
If you are concerned about uninvited guests near your residence or should you witness unsafe and/or negative behavior we encourage you to report it to Kingston Police and/or Queen’s Campus Security.
Learn more about your responsibilities as a host from Queen’s Legal Aid.
For a Life-Threatening Emergency
Call 911 and/or Queen’s 24-hour Campus Security and Emergency Services at 613-533-6111
- The tenant wishes to leave the unit and not return before the end of the lease term
- The person taking over the lease (assignee) must qualify as a tenant, ie be a registered Queen’s student in good standing with the University
- The assignee assumes full responsibility for all lease terms and conditions for the balance of the lease term
- The full amount of the rent will be paid to Community Housing by the assignee for the balance of the lease period
- To be offered the opportunity to sign a new lease in the unit for the next lease term, the assignee must be residing in the unit for at least six months prior to the end of the lease term. Rent may be moved to market rent for the new lease period
- All tenants and occupants are going to vacate the unit for a period of time and return to the unit before the end of the lease term
- The subtenant must be a registered Queen’s student in good standing with the University
- The full amount of rent will continue to be paid to Community Housing by the tenant. The subtenant will pay rent to the tenant
- Subtenants do not have any reapplication rights for the unit
This process can take 6-10 business days provided all requirements are met.
- The tenant must complete and submit a Tenant Request to Assign or Sublease form to the Community Housing office. An application from the potential assignee/subtenant may be submitted at this time.
- Upon receipt of the application an inspection of the unit may be scheduled. This is usually within 5 to 10 business days of the submission of the application however will be no more than 60 days prior to the start date of the sublet/assignment. The inspection will review the unit for any damages and cleanliness of the unit. The unit must meet the inspection requirements to pass. If the unit does not meet inspection requirements the tenant will receive instructions of what must be done in order to pass the inspection. Once the issues have been addressed the tenant can request another inspection. There is a fee of $25 for any follow-up inspections. This amount must be paid before the inspection will be scheduled.
- Once an application from a potential assignee/subtenant has been received it will be reviewed for eligibility.
- The agreement for either assignment or sublet will be produced by the Community Housing office. Signature from all parties are required.
- The transfer of keys is the responsibility of the tenant.
Please note: Community Housing does not clean the unit before an assignee or subtenant moves in. Tenants/sub-tenants currently residing in a Community Housing unit will not be approved as applicants for sub-tenancy or assignment for the same lease period in another Community Housing unit.