Temporary accommodation can be found through the International Centre.
There are a number of sources for permanent accommodation in Kingston. The International Centre maintains a list of properties. Queen's Apartment and Housing manages University owned properties which includes houses and apartments located close to campus. The Accommodation Listing Service maintains a list of properties NOT owned by Queen's and can provide information on tenant rights. Queen's Residences has information on on-campus accommodations for grad students.
Information on health insurance for international students can be found on the Queen's International Centre web site.
Besides basic health insurance, SGPS (Society of Graduate and Professional Students) provides a health and dental plan which are mandatory and included in your student activity fees for every on-campus graduate student registering in September. It is possible to purchase additional coverage for spouses and children.
Anything that you ever wanted to know about your tuition fees and estimated living expenses can be found HERE which is produced by the School of Graduate Studies.
As grad students, we have a number of options for paying our fees. For example, many graduate students take advantage of Debit Memo. Debit Memo allows students to have their tuition deducted from their bank accounts at the end of each month. A complete list of fee payment options can be found here.
Award cheques will be deposited into your bank account after registration and information will be sent from the School of Graduate Studies. If you have been given a teaching assistantship, you will need to sign a contract in September (Debby will let you know when) and the money will be deposited in your account at the end of each month as outlined in the contract. Research assistantships are paid the same as a teaching assistantship and usually occur in the summer.
The School of Graduate Studies administers merit-based financial assistance (scholarships) and the Registrar's Office administers awards based on financial need. There are also a number of scholarships available outside of Queen's for Queen's Students.
Student applications for most on-campus jobs are available at Career Services (218 Barrie Street) and Student Awards (Richardson Hall) For more information visit the Career Services Website. Many other jobs become available throughout the year and are usually circulated through email or posted on the bulletin board in the coffee room (Goodwin Hall, Rm 620). According to the School of Graduate Studies, graduate students may not spend more than an average of 10 hours per week on work unrelated to research or the student risks losing their scholarships.
Do not worry about income tax report until February each year. In March every year, Queen's International Centre offers an income tax training session, and also tax clinics and student volunteers for one-on-one assistance for students to fill out Canadian income tax forms: http://www.queensu.ca/quic/home.htm
Keep watching the International Centre's "News and Events" webpage, or sign up for International Centre's mailing list, or contact Susan Anderson at email@example.com for further information.
An email account has been set up for all new students on the mail server mail.cs.queensu.ca. Faculty, staff and other students in the School will contact you through this email account for everything related to your graduate studies (ie. signing employment contracts, course information, School events, etc.). It is very important that you make sure this email account is set up properly and check it frequently!
You will also have an email account from the University which is known as your NetID. All communications with the University Services (except School of Computing) will be via this account. Please make sure to have such an email account.
The official sources for information on your degree requirements are from the Graduate Student Handbook produced by the School of Computing and the Graduate Calendar maintained by the School of Graduate Studies and Research.