Make the Most of Your Time

A huge part of your life at Carleton happens outside the classroom. At Carleton, there are many ways to get involved! With over 200 different clubs and societies along with our state of the art Athletic facilities, volunteering opportunities, and leadership development, there is something for everyone! This section will help you navigate your way through the vibrant campus life at Carleton and provide you with some tips to help make your transition as smooth as possible.

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Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation is a one-day program for new students and their parent(s) or guardian(s). Each session focuses on promoting student academic success and personal development. As the first step in a student’s transition to Carleton University, we strongly encourage all new incoming students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) to participate.

Summer Orientation registration is now live.

Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation provides new incoming students with a week jam-packed full of fun activities, a chance to make lots of new friends, and opportunities to gain the necessary skills to help transition to their new Carleton Community.

Registration for Fall Orientation is now live.

Academic Orientation Day

Academic Orientation Day takes place the day before classes start in September. It is designed to welcome and inspire first-year students as they begin their university experience. The day includes a Faculty Orientation session and Departmental Open Houses, which are great opportunities for students to meet professors and familiarize themselves with their programs.

Registration is not required.

Overnight Orientation

If you plan on living in Residence, consider attending our Residence Overnight Orientation, which which will be held on the evening of July 14th until the morning of July 15th!  This program is a community learning experience that allows incoming students to participate in social activities with peers and see what living in Residence is like.

Registration will close on June 30th at 12 pm (noon).

The best way to get involved is to attend “Expo Carleton” during Fall Orientation. There you will see all the clubs and societies Carleton has to offer and can pick the one that suits you best!

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Campus Card

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. We will email you when it’s 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 card at your session or during move-in.


Your U-PASS is a smart card that allows you to use all forms of public transit provided by OC Transpo and the STO. Simply tap the card on the readers available on buses and the O-Train. Better yet, your card is meant to last for your whole degree, just like the Campus Card!

The U-PASS is a required fee for all eligible students, and is assessed as part of your student fees. Eligible students who apply for their Campus Card will receive their U-PASS at the same time.

For more info about the U-PASS, including eligibility and opt-out requirements, please visit the U-PASS website.


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. Visit Parking Services to find out more!

Career Services

Career Services is Carleton University’s centralized office providing career support to students and alumni across all disciplines and levels of study. Career Services is here to help you explore your career options and get ready for life after university!

In-person Career Support: Career Services offers one-on-one career consulting and counselling sessions on a variety of topics including: identifying key connections between your degree, interests, and future career paths, job search strategies, networking information, resume and/or cover letter review, mock interviews, interview preparation, and post-graduate education information.

Career Workshops and Events: Career Services offers a variety of specialized workshop series, in-class presentations, career on-campus pop-ups, and employer events throughout the year to help you develop key employability skills and build connections with industry professionals. Meet and network with prospective employers and learn about upcoming employment opportunities at Career Services’ on-campus career fairs, networking nights, and employer recruitment sessions.


mySuccess is Career Services’ online resource portal that you can access from Carleton Central. In mySuccess you can browse our online job boards for internship opportunities and apply for on-campus, volunteer, co-op, part-time, full-time, and summer positions; check out our online resources and tip sheets to help you begin tackling your career questions; and sign up to attend employer networking and recruitment events. First year is a great time to start exploring your options!

Your Degree, Your Future

Your degree, your experiences and the skills that you gain while at Carleton are valuable and open you up to endless possibilities in a rapidly changing world.

Explore Your Degree, Your Future to identify the skills you can develop through your program, to see future possibilities and career paths of recent graduates, and to find out how to improve your employability by getting involved and gaining experience.


Co-operative education combines traditional, in-class education with hands-on experience. Co-op students alternate study terms at Carleton with four, eight, twelve or sixteen month work terms. Undergraduate students can enter the co-op program in one of two ways. Programs offering the co-op option allow students to apply directly from high school or CEGEP. Alternatively, students can apply for co-op during their first year of study at Carleton. Typically, students start their first work term after the completion of second year.

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.

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