Frequently Asked Questions

Can I live in a Cultural House all year?

Yes! Once you apply to live in the Cultural House Community, you are able to live there for the full academic year.

What is a House Manager - is that like an RA?

A House Manager is a student who is paid 2-3 hours a week to be a liaison between the House and Residential Life and OIIL. They assist both offices in addressing facilities or student issues, and help the House organize programs.

If I live in a Cultural House, do I get to live off-board?

No, you have to be on at least the 5 meal plan.

Can first year students live in the Cultural Houses?

Typically, first year students do not live in the Cultural Houses and would not be placed their by Residential Life initially. However, there is no rule saying that first year students cannot fill vacancies within the Cultural House Community that come up throughout the year.

What kinds of fun stuff do the Cultural Houses do for the campus?

The Cultural Houses each plan two campus wide programs each term. These fun and educational events allow the Cultural House Community to reach out to the greater Carleton Community and engage students in conversation around issues of diversity and social justice.

How much do I have to participate in the house activities?

As a Cultural House resident, you would be expected to fully participate in all official programming put on by the House, the Fall Term Block Party, and the Spring Term International Festival.

What is the difference between living in a residence hall and a Cultural House?

The Cultural Houses are designed to provide a culturally safe space for students of color, international students, and their allies willing to contribute to an environment that facilitates academic and personal success. These opportunities may be different or more culturally representative than the opportunities you may find in traditional residential housing options.

What's the deal with Stimson House?  Can I live there?

Stimson House serves as the programming center for the Office of Intercultural & International Life. Housing options in Stimson House are reserved for student peer leaders who work for the Office of Intercultural & International Life.

If I am currently abroad and want to apply to live in the Cultural Houses, what is the process?

The process is the same as if you were currently on campus. You will need to submit the application before the due date (listed on the application page). Ideally, you would apply before going abroad so that you could do an in person interview. If you are already abroad, we would do a question/answer via email.

Are the Cultural Houses only for students of color?

No, the Cultural Houses are designed to provide a culturally safe space for students of color, international students, and their allies willing to contribute to an environment that facilitates academic and personal success. All Carleton community members are encouraged to participate in all programs and meetings held in the Cultural House Community.