Congratulation, incoming first year students, on your acceptance and of course, welcome to Queen’s University and FYNIRS!
FYNIRS (First Year Not In Residence Students) is an organization whose purpose is to provide a social network for students who have made the decision to live off-campus in their first year at Queen’s University and to help ease the transition into university life.
First year at university can be an exciting time, however by choosing not to live in residence, you are missing the instantaneous social and support structure that students living in residence experience.
FYNIRS aims to fix that by providing not only an orientation solely for incoming students choosing not to live in residence, to rival that of residence’s own orientation week, but also by providing a social network throughout first year and beyond.
FYNIRS is a community that goes beyond Frosh Week. We have monthly events for all FYNIRS (past and present) to attend, such as movie night, karaoke, rock climbing, potlucks and more. We also have a drop-in center on campus called the Lounge for FYNIRS to hang out in between classes. The Lounge is located on the 3rd floor of the Queen’s Centre (AKA the ARC – Athletic and Recreation Centre) in Room A-616. To learn more about the lounge see its dedicated tab above.
FYNIRS is a diverse group of students with members hailing from all different faculties and welcomes all, FYNIRS or not, to volunteer, get involved and become part of the FYNIRS community.
You should know that you are not alone in you decision to not live in residence – roughly 10% of the student population makes this choice every year!
I hope you have a positive experience at Queen’s University, and if you get the chance, I would highly encourage you to get involved with FYNIRS. It is a decision I would make over and over again.
FYNIRS Team 2013