Making sure that you feel comfortable with your living situation is an important component of your transition to Carleton. This section will help you to understand what life in Residence will be like, or, if you live off-campus, we’ll show you how you can stay connected and involved with the Carleton community.Get Started
Living away from home for the first time can be quite a transition. Help ease this transition by meeting new people and getting involved in the many events, activities, and programs taking place on your floor and throughout the residence community. Getting involved can mean anything from attending floor meetings, sharing meals in the dining hall with floor mates, participating in House Cup challenges, or becoming Residence Experience Volunteer. The possibilities are endless!
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What to Bring
- Linens (sheets and towels) and don’t forget a pillow
- Alarm clock, radio or stereo and headphones
- Ethernet cord
- Kettle (must have automatic shut-off)
- Coffee maker
- Power bar with a surge protector
- School supplies
- Winter clothes
You will probably want to decorate your room. Please bring along posters and pictures of family and friends to make your room feel more like home.
What Not to Bring
- Pets of any kind (with the exception of authorized service animals)
- Bedroom furniture (there isn’t anywhere to store more than what is already provided)
- Beer bottles (beer products in cans only, if you are over 19 yrs)
- Candles (they are a fire hazard and will set off the smoke detectors and heat sensors)
- Any weaponry (knives, firearms, hunting weapons, ornamental weapons etc)
- Space heaters
- Personal cooking appliances (with the exception of students moving into Frontenac, Prescott and Leeds Houses)
You will be informed of the room type you are assigned (double or single room & traditional or suite residence) in the Residence Information email you will receive in your Carleton email account at the end of July/ beginning of August. Your actual room number is not disclosed prior to check-in. A further email will be sent mid-August to inform you of your assigned building and mailbox number. Once you receive this information email, please take the time to learn about your assigned building. These building profiles will give you a clear view of what to expect your room to look like and what is provided.
Move in Weekend
The traditional move-in period for residents is from 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 2nd through to midnight of Sunday, September 3rd. The peak periods are Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your move-in day is assigned to you and communicated in your residence information email sent to you in late July/early August. In order to make move-in as smooth as possible, we ask that you adhere to your assigned date.
If you’re going to be living on Residence while you’re at Carleton, you’re going to be eating at the Fresh Food Company. Students living in traditional style residence will be enrolled in the All Access Meal Plan (unlimited entry into the Residence Dining Hall and $100 Dining Dollars). Residents living in suite style will have the additional option of the Reduced Meal Plan (seven meals per week and $450 Dining Dollars). Dining Dollars can be used at any University-operated dining establishment on campus.
Are you going to be living off-campus? Not to worry, Dining Services has meal plans geared specifically towards off-campus students and their lifestyles. Visit their website for more info!
There are plenty of other locations around campus to eat if you don’t have time to go to the Fresh Food Company between classes. Check out the Dining Services’ website for a list of all their locations around campus.
Finding Off-Campus Housing
Finding a place to live can be a challenging task. Your first task should be to figure out what neighborhood you want to live in. Carleton has created a breakdown of the Ottawa region with information about services located in each area.
The Housing and Residence Life Services office has partnered with Places4Students.com – the Off-Campus Housing website that specializes in providing students with the highest quality rental property listing service possible.
Be Informed Before you Start your Search
Carleton has created a good listing of important considerations you will want to think about before signing a lease.
Getting Involved on Campus while Living Off-Campus
Even though you are living off-campus, there are still many ways for you to get involved. In fact, lots of students who live off-campus say that getting involved on campus allows you to feel at home both on campus and in your house off campus. For ways to get involved and experience campus life, check out our Campus Life section!