King’s campus is built on the Oxford-Cambridge model of small colleges, where students, staff, and even the President live and work together. Located in Halifax’s South End, King’s is situated on the Northwest corner of Dalhousie University’s Studley campus, one of Dal’s three Halifax campuses. On foot, King’s is 15 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from the city’s famous waterfront boardwalk.
|A.||The Lodge||J.||North Pole Bay|
|B.||The Pit||K.||New Academic Building|
|F.||Gym||O.||Arts & Administration Building|
|H.||Middle Bay||Q.||Cochran Bay|
The Lodge is where the President lives with his family. You will often gather here to celebrate student milestones and achievements, from Matriculation to Encaenia and many special events in between.
A black-box theatre, affectionately called “the Pit”, is home to performances produced, performed, directed and sometimes written by students like you.
The University of King’s College Chapel is a place of quiet reflection and the hub of a lively, active community. King’s and Dalhousie students of all faiths and none go to the Chapel to explore their spirituality, hear beautiful music, talk with the chaplain, get involved in community outreach programs, go on walks and wilderness retreats, and enjoy stimulating lectures.
Alexandra Hall is the largest residence building on campus, accommodating roughly 150 students.
Built in the 1960s, the Huffington Post declared it one of the most beautiful residence buildings in Canada.
Residence services and student common rooms can be found here, and the Dean of Students and residence dons live here as well.
“At any point you could put your head up and announce a question in Manning room, and someone would yell the answer back to you, or what they thought about it. It was a very interactive reading space.” – Thomas Goessart
The library is a warm and inviting space for research and quiet study. In addition to its estimated 80,000 circulating volumes and fine collection of rare books, the library is also a museum, housing art, artifacts and the oldest collection of ceramics in Canada.
“There’s a really nice little nook in the corner of the library where you don’t see many people coming in and out, so you’re not distracted. It’s still in the common space, but it’s a little more removed.” – Taylor Saracuse
The gymnasium is home to King’s varsity athletics program, with basketball, volleyball and badminton games being played at ‘the Kingdome.’
It also features a fitness studio, optimal for dance, aerobics and self-defence classes, and a weight room and cardio fitness centre for anyone in the community looking to stay active.
“I read at the gym because I logged a lot of hours there: I have worked at the gym since my second year, not only in the office but also filming and participating in volleyball and basketball games.” – Emily Bartlett
Chapel and Radical Bays sandwich the appropriately named Middle Bay. Look for the statue over the door of Middle Bay, showing Aeneas fleeing Troy, taking his father, his son and the household gods with him.
“The windowsill in my dorm room. It was close enough to people below to recognize them, but knowing that I couldn’t really acknowledge them. I could also have more solitude by taking a step back inside my room. Reading in that between space, I found, was how I was able to handle tough texts that wanted my mind to wander.” – Jacob Norris
Attached to the right and left sides of the A&A Building, North Pole and Cochran complete the quintet of Bay-style residences.
“My favourite place to read on campus would be my dorm in North Pole Bay. I had a really nice view over the lights and I used to sit on my heater and read.” – Payge Woodard
The home of the Foundation Year Program since 2001, the “NAB” has lecture halls and seminar rooms and might be where your favourite prof holds office hours. It connects to the A&A via “the Link.”
The bookstore is a co-operative owned by King’s. Marvel at the wall of FYP books you’ll conquer, and browse trade fiction and non-fiction and King’s swag.
Prince Hall is where you eat and attend traditional events like Formal Meal. It’s open beginning at 7:30 on weekdays so you can stop by for breakfast on the way to class or stay and study with a cup of tea.
The stately Arts & Administration building houses the School of Journalism, Prince Hall, the Wardroom, administrative and faculty offices and much more.
The Wardroom is a student-run campus pub, canteen, lounge area and study space. Serving up fair-trade coffee and snacks out of the Galley by day and local micro-brews by night, it’s the hub of student life on campus.
The nautical flagstaff in the centre of the King’s Quad, rigged with a gaff and yardarm, is a reminder of our history as an officer training base for the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. Four flags are flown regularly: the Canadian flag, the University flag, the Mi’kmaq Grand Council flag and the Nova Scotian flag. The British Standard is flown during Encaenia week, on George III Day and other days as determined by the President. The rainbow flag is flown during Halifax Pride.