Make the Most of Your Time

A huge part of your life at Carleton happens outside the classroom. With the most active clubs and societies of any university in Canada, Carleton has many ways for you to get involved! New Ravens can join any of over 250 clubs and societies, pass some time at our state of the art Athletic facilities or participate in a variety of volunteer and leadership development opportunities. No matter what you’re interested in, at Carleton University, there is something for everyone!

From the time you accept your offer to the first day of class, Carleton University offers a variety of orientation programs to help you, and your parents, feel at home as members of the Carleton community.

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Carleton University is proud to have the most active clubs and societies of any university in Canada. Explore CUSA’s over 250 clubs and societies to find your niche on campus. If you’re looking for things to do on campus and opportunities to meet your fellow Ravens the Campus Activity Board runs completely free events for students. CAB runs several free events per month including an on-campus movie theatre, video game days and more. If you’re looking to get a bit more involved all students are welcome to attend Activity Committee meetings and participate in the planning and organization of the events CAB holds on campus.

If you’re looking for a way to stay active, check out the various intramural and open rec options available through the Department of Recreation and Athletics. These are a great way to stay active, get involved and make friends at Carleton. Carleton Athletics offers a wide array of intramural sports including ball hockey, basketball, dodgeball, flag football, ice hockey, soccer, squash, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee.

Your Campus Card is one of the most important pieces of ID you will own as a Carleton student! With your Campus Card you can eat in the Residence dining hall, buy a coffee, print your assignments, do laundry and borrow books from the library – all with a simple swipe! After you have registered for your classes, you can apply for your Campus Card online.

Once the school year starts, your U-PASS is a smart card that allows you to use all forms of public transit provided by OC Transpo and the Société de transport de l’Outaouais, in Gatineau. Like your Campus card, your card is meant to last for your whole degree! The U-PASS is a required fee for all eligible students and is assessed as part of your student fees.

We will email you when your Campus Card and U-PASS are ready for pickup at the Campus Card Office (407 UC) – don’t forget your government issued photo ID! If you are attending Summer Orientation, or moving in to Residence, you will receive your cards at your session or during move-in.

If you are planning on using a vehicle during your time at Carleton, you should consider purchasing a parking pass. There are numerous parking lots on campus, all with different price points. It should be noted that vehicles found parked on campus without a parking pass or payment credential are subject to parking enforcement action, including “booting”, ticketing and towing.

As a student you have certain rights and you also have certain responsibilities. The Student Rights and Responsibilities policy governs the non-academic behavior of students such as alcohol use and library or university resource usage. It is important to understand what your rights and responsibilities are during your time at Carleton. For more information, visit the Student Affairs website.

Whether you’re an international student or you have lived in Ottawa your whole life, navigating the city is an important skill to have. The Carleton University campus is in a prime location in the city, situated along the Rideau River and the famous Rideau Canal.


Located in the south of Ottawa, the airport is a 15 minute drive from Carleton or a 20 minute bus ride.

International Students: The International Student Support Office offers an Airport Welcome Program.

Train Station

The Via Rail  station is a 15 minute drive from campus and a 20-25 minutes bus ride. 


The Greyhound bus station is a 10 minute drive or a 15 minutes bus ride. Greyhound tickets are available at the RRRA office!

OC Transpo

OC Transpo is the transit provider for the Ottawa area. Campus is serviced by four main bus routes (4, 7, 104, 111) as well as the O-Train. Use OC Transpo’s travel planner or simply check online for route schedules and stop times.


If you are a parent or guardian of a future Raven check out CU Parents to learn more about supporting your student as they transition to life at Carleton.

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