Couches for Carls: A Program for Short-Term Homestays
Couches for Carls is a hospitality exchange network for current Carls and Alumni that helps them find free places to stay for in the homes of those in the Carleton network. (NOTE: This program is designed for students who need a place to stay short-term, meaning a night or two; this is not for long-term home-stays.)
How Does It Work?
- Alumni, Parents, and other friends of the college register their couch online using a very simple form.
- This couch is automatically added to the map of available couches. This listing is only available to those students with a Carleton username and password.
- Couchsurfers log into the protected Couch network, locate a couch in the city they’re passing through, and contact the person who provided the couch. They are then free to work out the logistics and discuss any details or conditions of the short home-stay.
Who's It For?
Any Carleton student or alum in need of a frugal place to stay for a night or two is welcome to use the program. But we especially encourage its use by Carls traveling for a job interview or other career-related purpose.
For the couchsurfer, the program offers free lodging plus a chance to network with Carleton alumni. For the volunteer, it's a simple way to help a fellow Carl and give back to the Carleton community from the comfort of your own home. What could be better?
Protecting Your Privacy
Volunteer addresses are never listed online, and their contact information is available only to verified, logged-in Carls. No non-Carls can access the Couch Map.
Those providing a couch are free to accept as many or as few requests for stays as they like.
Of course, Carleton cannot guarantee that any participant will be a perfect host or houseguest! But in our experience, connections and great conversations tend to happen wherever two or more Carls gather.