Living in residence

If you want to experience university life as a member of a vibrant, close-knit community, consider living in residence. You’ll meet people from around the world, make friendships that last a lifetime, and will benefit from living only 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 17, 2024. You are required to pay the deposit and accept the residence offer online by June 10, 2024, at 11:59 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.

Two living styles

Our residences offer two types of rooms —traditional and suite-style rooms. Traditional rooms consist of one or two beds with shared washroom facilities, the majority of which are double rooms. A limited number of traditional-style rooms are in pods. The pods consist of doubles and singles, a washroom facility and shared common area.

Our suite-style rooms consist of four-person suites, either two doubles or four singles, with a shared common area, washroom facility and food preparation area including a fridge and microwave.

The majority of our rooms for students entering first year are double traditional style and are assigned as single-gender. A limited number of traditional singles, suite doubles and suite singles are available.

Roommates are an integral component of the Carleton residence life experience. You can request a specific person (who also must request you in order 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 selecting this option will have their room, pod and/or suitemates assigned through the matching of profile questions on the Residence Information Form regardless of the gender with which they identify. Please note that if you select “yes,” you are agreeing to share a room (and bathroom, etc.) with a student who may identify with a different gender than the one with which you identify.

What does residence offer?

Campus connections

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.

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 ten meals per week and $300 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.

Get involved

Living in residence is a great way to learn and gain experience outside of the classroom. There are several ways you can do this, including volunteering as a Mental Health Champion, visiting the Raven’s Roost, and participating in events, programs and committees in and around residence.


Learn more about getting involved on campus.

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.

Read more about residence life.

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