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Living and learning in Ottawa

Carleton University is located in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, which offers opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.


Ottawa is a cosmopolitan city of close to a million people. It is ideally situated just a few hours’ drive from Toronto, Montreal and the United States. The city has an international airport and is well serviced by inter-city buses and trains.

With all Ottawa has to offer, you’ll certainly find something here for you.

Ottawa is also one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world, with plentiful neighbourhood parks and tranquil green spaces, waterways that wind through the city, and historical and architectural landmarks. Elegant shops, international restaurants, movie theatres, nightclubs and a bustling farmers’ market flourish in a dynamic downtown core situated in the shadow of Canada’s majestic Parliament buildings.

There are also extensive walking and biking trails that span from downtown Ottawa to Carleton University campus and beyond.

Ottawa also plays host to many visiting dignitaries, authors, artists, festivals and sporting events, allowing students access to events not always available elsewhere. The city is also one of the most picturesque capitals in the world, with its neighbourhood parks and tranquil green spaces, waterways that wind through the city, and historical and architectural landmarks scattered throughout the area. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s most livable and safe cities, Ottawa is part big city, part small town.

The capital advantage


Known primarily as the seat of Canada’s federal government, Ottawa is that and so much more. It is home to over 130 embassies and high commissions from around the world, as well as numerous national organizations and museums.

A large percentage of Canada’s major medical, clinical and life sciences research centres are located in the Ottawa area, as well as a technology industry comprised of over 1,900 companies.

Co-op, internships and practicum placements are available in many of our programs, allowing students to gain experience in some of the city’s best facilities.

Visiting Ottawa


Planning on visiting the Ottawa area? Use our resources to find a great place to stay.

While you’re in Ottawa, don’t forget to book a campus tour or register for one of our upcoming events.

You can also find out about events happening in the city on the Ottawa Tourism website.