Housing and Residential Life

As a residential college, Carleton requires all students to live in College operated residences and participate in the College dining plan for all four years.

Residence halls and campus houses are an integral part of the Carleton learning experience. Living with other students provides many informal opportunities for students to learn about themselves, develop friendships, and discuss new ways of thinking. The mission of Residential Life is to create a healthy, safe and thriving environment where students can gain experience, be involved and develop their interpersonal, academic, and leadership potential. Our professional Area Directors and student Resident Assistants (RA’s) help plan social, educational, and recreational activities in the halls and houses. These staff members are available to assist students in many ways throughout the academic year.

Carleton College offers a variety of housing options because we recognize that multiple residential options are desirable and beneficial for students. Housing opportunities include traditional residence halls, suites, houses, apartments and Northfield Option. Northfield Option is a program that allows a very limited number of seniors to live in non-College owned housing. Students must receive prior approval from Residential Life to be eligible for this option.

Students who are married or have dependent children living with them will be exempted from the residency and board requirements upon providing documentation to the Residential Life Office.