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 and their dog, Casey. 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, with the capacity to accommodate approximately 150 students. Built in the 1960s, the Huffington Post declared it one of the most beautiful residence buildings in Canada. Its front desk is the hub for residence services and campus communications after-hours. The Dean of Students’ apartment can be found off the main lobby and the residence dons’ suites are located on each floor.
“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
At King’s, a 2,500 square-foot fitness studio, equipped with sprung hardwood floor, is optimal for dance, aerobics and self-defence classes. The cardio fitness centre equipment includes treadmills, elliptical trainers, upright bikes, recumbent bikes, rowing machines, a stair climber and a cross trainer.
“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 Programme 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 Kings’ dining services are located and it is the venue for many traditional events, including Formal Meals. Stop by for breakfast on your way to class, or linger over your books 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.
During WWII, training officers knew campus as the “stone frigate” HMCS Kings. One reminder of this time is a single mast flagpole with yardarm and gaff. We are honoured to fly a number of flags throughout the year, from Pride week to National Aboriginal History month.