Living in residence

If you want to experience university life as a member of a vibrant, close-knit community, consider living in residence. You will love living minutes away from your classes, the library, athletics and a large dining hall.

First-year guarantee

At Carleton, a double traditional room is guaranteed to all secondary school and CEGEP students entering first-year studies in the fall, provided they receive an offer of admission on or before May 13, 2022. You are required to pay the deposit and accept the residence offer online by June 8, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. ET to confirm your space. Learn more accepting your offer to residence as a Guaranteed First Year Student.

If you do not qualify for a guaranteed space in residence, you can still apply to residence. A lottery determines offers for all other residence applications. Learn more about applying to residence as a Non-Guaranteed First Year Students.

What does residence offer?

Campus connections

We understand that students are always on the go. Our residence buildings are conveniently located and connected to each other, and to the rest of campus, via underground tunnels, enabling you to get to class, meals or workouts within minutes. You’ll find it easy to arrange meetings with friends, study partners or professors. With the conveniences—not to mention the unique living experience—that residence offers, you will be glad that you chose to make residence your home away from home.

A chef cooks in the newly renovated dining hall in Residence Commons.

All Access Meal Plan

First-year students living in residence will be enrolled in the All Access Meal Plan, which provides unlimited entry into our residence dining hall, the caf, and $100 Dining Dollars. For students living in suite-style residences, there is a Reduced Meal Plan option, which offers seven meals per week and $450 Dining Dollars. The caf sources food locally, accommodates dietary needs and offers an “all you care to eat” experience featuring a variety of meals cooked right in front of you.

Learn more about meal plans and residence fees.

Fall Orientation volunteers assist with residence move-in.

Getting involved

Living in residence is a great way to learn and gain experience outside of the classroom. Becoming involved in your communities is also a wonderful way to develop relationships with peers. There are several ways you can get involved in residence, including volunteering as a Mental Health Champion, visiting the Raven’s Roost, and participating in events, programs and committees in and around residence.

Staff from Housing and Residence Life

An extensive support network

Embarking on a new chapter in life, especially when living on your own for the first time, can take some getting used to. Carleton’s award-winning Residence Life program has been designed to help with this transition so you can reach your academic and personal goals. Our extensive residence support network includes residence counsellors, live-in residence staff and a focus on learning outside the classroom.

A residence room in Lennox & Addington building

Two living styles

Our residences offer two types of rooms—traditional or suite-style rooms. The majority of our rooms for first-year students are traditional single-gender double rooms, with shared washroom facilities. Our suite-style rooms, which provide another option, each consist of a four-person single-gender suite (either two doubles or four singles) and shared common area, washroom facility and food-preparation area (with fridge and microwave). A limited number of single rooms are available in both styles.

Roommates are an integral component of the Carleton residence life experience. You can request a specific person (who also must request you in order for you to be placed together) or be matched with another student based on the responses you provide on the Residence Information Form. Sharing a residence room can be an enriching and supportive experience as you transition into university life, and may even lead to life-long friendship.

Traditional Style (Dundas House)


Suite Style (Prescott House)


Gender inclusive living

Students may request to share a gender inclusive bedroom/pod/suite (including the common areas and bathroom facilities). If you choose this option, your room/pod/suitemates will be assigned through the matching of responses to the profile questions, regardless of with which gender you or they identify. Please note that if you select “yes,” you are agreeing to share a room (and bathroom, etc.) with a student who may be a different gender than the one with which you identify. (For example, if you identify as female, you could be sharing a room with a student who identifies as male or non-binary, who selected “yes” to this question and has similar preferences.)

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