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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 the large dining hall. For many students, choosing to live on campus is one of the best decisions they make. 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. 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!

First-Year Guarantee

All secondary school or CEGEP students entering directly to first-year studies at Carleton in the fall who are admitted on or before May 15, 2017, are guaranteed a space in residence. This guaranteed residence offer must be accepted online by 4:30 p.m. (ET), June 8, 2017. To confirm your guaranteed space in residence, you must first accept your offer of admission to Carleton University.

For more information on housing application procedures for Guaranteed 1st Year Students, visit the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services website.

If you are not eligible for a guaranteed offer of residence, you can still apply to be included in the residence lottery held on June 13, 2017.

For more information on housing application procedures for Non-Guaranteed 1st Year Students, visit the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services website.

Be part of the Residence Community

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 your transition so you can reach your academic and personal goals. Our extensive residence support network includes residence counsellors, live-in residence staff, organized academic programs and social events, a Residence Reception Desk, and university safety staff. In residence, you will have the opportunity to meet people from around the world and make friendships that last a lifetime.

Where to live on campus

Our residences offer traditional and suite-style rooms (see images below). Visit the Housing website for more information about each of our residence buildings. The majority of our rooms for first-year students are traditional 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 a shared common area, washroom facility and food preparation area (with fridge and microwave). A small number of single rooms are available. To enhance your residence experience, you can live in one of our themed communities. These theme areas bring together students who share similar interests, making it easier to meet new friends and plan outings to the many events held in Ottawa.

Traditional Style (Dundas House)


Suite Style (Prescott House)


For more information about living in residence at Carleton, visit the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services website.

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