Carleton University

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Carleton University is located in Ottawa on a beautiful 62-hectare campus bordered by the Rideau River and the historic Rideau Canal, just a ten-minute drive from Parliament Hill. Carleton takes full advantage of the unique resources found in the nation's capital and has earned a reputation as one of the foremost universities in the country in the fields of public affairs, business, engineering and design, high technology, arts and social sciences, and science. The proximity of the University to national libraries, laboratories, galleries, museums, international agencies, leading scientists and research personnel results in a variety of educational opportunities unparalleled in Canada.

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 150 disciplines, Carleton offers a variety of hands-on experiences through many co-operative education programs, work placements, field placements and internships. Carleton has forged partnerships with government organizations, private sector businesses, industry and other educational institutions. The University also has over 80 active academic exchange agreements with institutions and governments around the world, and offers study abroad and exchange options in a wide range of disciplines. Carleton makes its programs and resources available to a diverse clientele through innovative teaching technologies and life long learning opportunities. The Paul Menton Centre offers a full range of coordinated disability services on campus in partnership with the Carleton community to increase accessibility and integration of students with disabilities into all aspects of university life.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:3,600 bedsLowest: $11,775Highest: $14,391

Extensive residence support network includes 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.

On Campus Housing information:

The Residence Commons has been renamed Teraanga Commons (pronounced tare-ang-gah), a Senegalese name emphasizing generosity of spirit and sharing with all.

Off Campus Housing

If students decide to live off-campus, they should be prepared to spend some time to look for an appropriate place. Information regarding off-campus housing is available on our website:

Incoming Students

Carleton students have access to an unparalleled package of academic and co-curricular initiatives designed to support a complete university experience and promote a culture of success. Students have many opportunities to get involved in community-building activities both on and off-campus.

The Student Experience Office (SEO) help students adjust to university life and offers ways to get involved throughout their time at Carleton. The office oversees a wide variety of programs, such as: Summer and Fall Orientation; First Year Connections peer mentorship; Community service-learning initiatives, such as Alternative Spring Break; and Leadership development programs, such as the Campus Activity Board.

Career Planning

Carleton works with students to shape a vision for their future. Our programs and support services focus on building career starting in first year.

All of our programs will provide you with transferable skills in organization, communication, research, critical thinking, time management, problem solving and the ability to synthesize information. These skills are a great asset in today's constantly evolving job market. Most of our programs feature co-op, internship or practicum options, allowing you to expand your skillset and make valuable connections with employers.

Through on-campus career counselling and career services, we also help you set goals for your future. Then, we help you achieve them.


Carleton students can take full advantage of first-class athletic facilities, conveniently located in one area of campus. Students can sign up for fitness classes, swim laps in the Olympic size pool, lift weights, run on a treadmill in the 11,000 sq. ft Fitness Centre or get together with friends to play one of your favourite sports during open recreation time. Whatever your level of fitness, you are sure to find something here that suits you. Students can also try out for one of Carleton's varsity teams, the Carleton Ravens, who compete in: basketball, fencing, football, golf, hockey, nordic skiing, rowing, rugby, soccer and water polo.


Carleton's extensive network of clubs and societies is another great way to meet new people and pursue interests outside the classroom. With more than 300 active clubs and societies to choose from, students will certainly find a venue for academic, social, political or charitable interests.

For a complete list of all our clubs and societies and their contact information, visit


Carleton and the city of Ottawa offer many cultural opportunities. The Carleton campus boasts an art gallery, a student theatre company, several music ensembles, a student newspaper, and a radio station. Public lectures and weekly concerts are also presented throughout the year. Students can participate in more than 300 special interest clubs, societies, and a student government. Off campus, there is the National Gallery, the National Archives, libraries, museums, embassies, theatres, and much more.

International Involvement

Carleton is known as a Canadian university of choice for international students and for encouraging all students to think globally. On campus, you’ll study with student peers from over 150 different countries. Given the education of global citizens requires exposure to international and global experiences, we also offer many opportunities for students to study abroad. Whether seeking an inspiring academic exchange or an exciting international research collaboration, Carleton University is the ideal institution to help realize your global aspirations.

Campus Tour

Take a tour of Carleton's beautiful riverside campus. Explore the classrooms, facilities and services that make our campus an excellent place to study in Canada's capital city. Stay tuned for more exciting tour stops, including our vibrant residence community, green spaces and scenic river views!

Be sure to visit Carleton's Virtual Experience, where students can get involved, learn about the benefits of studying at Carleton and ask questions:

Modified on December 20, 2023

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