Reunion Housing

For the last several reunions, on-campus housing has filled prior to the registration deadline. If you are planning to attend Reunion we strongly recommend registering as early as possible (Registration opens March 1) for the best chance to be housed on campus. Some residence halls will be full by the end of April. Single rooms are limited.

Various housing options are available for alumni attending Reunion. For those who prefer to stay on campus, reunion classes will be housed together in residence halls whenever possible.

Residence hall accommodations feature bathrooms down the hall from your room (except Davis, Severance, and James, which have private/semi-private baths). The showers in the bathrooms do not have grab-bars. A linen packet, including sheets, blanket, pillow, and towels, is provided for each bed.

Rooms are assigned in order of registrations received. If you are planning to room with a classmate or friend, you will be assigned a room when both your registration and your roommate(s)' registration(s) have been received. If your registration form and payment were submitted online or postmarked by May 1, you will receive a confirmation of your reunion housing location in advance.

Families: Classes that traditionally bring children are usually assigned to residence halls that have triples, quads and quints available. Some residence halls only have singles and doubles.  If you need more than two beds for your party, multiple rooms next to each other may be assigned for you and your guests. If you have questions about these arrangements, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-729-2586.

Children ages 0-4 do not pay any registration fees; however, they also do not receive a bed for housing. If you would like to add a bed for your young children, you can do so by selecting a package option with a bed when you register your children for $50 per bed.  There is no housing charge for children sleeping on the floor in their parents' room with their own sleeping bag; no linen packet is provided. Carleton does not have cribs; local classmates have been a great resource on this front and we encourage you to reach out to them directly.

On-campus check-in for Reunion begins at 3 p.m. the Thursday of Reunion weekend. Residence halls will not be open before that time (facilities staff are working hard up to that time to clean out all the halls following Commencement). Check-out is noon on Sunday of Reunion weekend.

Residence halls are not air-conditioned (except Davis, Nourse, Watson, and the townhouses); James and Cassat have ceiling fans. All beds are twin-sized. You may wish to bring the following items that are not available in the rooms: reading lamp, hangers, small fan, and alarm clock. Cribs are not available, nor are irons. Some fans are available for rent at registration in Sayles-Hill.

Accessibility: Davis, Nourse, James, Cassat, Evans, and Watson have elevators.


Campus housing has filled to capacity the past three years.  If you would like to make a hotel reservation, there are several options in Northfield and the surrounding area. Please check our Northfield Area Lodging page for links to area hotels.

PLEASE NOTE: Each hotel has its own reservation and cancellation policies and it is up to the individual to adhere to those guidelines. Carleton does not hold or manage the reservations. Other options include Airbnb and local bed and breakfasts.

The following hotel has a block of rooms reserved during the Carleton Reunion weekend. This block may fill quickly and there are no room guarantees until an individual reserves with the hotel directly. Please indicate you are with the Carleton Reunion when making reservations.

In Northfield

Archer House River Inn, 212 Division St S (507-645-5661)

Country Inn and Suites, 300 South Highway 3 (507-645-2286)

If you would like a list of hotels in the greater Northfield area, check our visitors information website. If you are staying off campus, please note on your registration form where you will be staying in case we or your classmates need to contact you.


For those who may be interested in a more outdoorsy experience during Reunion, there are several local camping options near Northfield. While visitors to the Carleton Arboretum are always welcome, because of the lack of sanitary facilities and access to shelter in the case of severe weather, the Arboretum and campus grounds are not open for camping. See more information about local camping options

Pet policy

Pets are not allowed in College housing. Several local boarding facilities are available with Sunday pickup options. Please follow these links for more information on boarding facilities.

Class housing assignments

Assignments are based on class size, seniority, and other considerations. Housing assignments are made as reservations are received, and later registrants may not be housed near their class. These are the tentative assignments for Reunion 2018 — subject to change.

  • Class of 1953 -- Davis
  • Class of 1958 -- Davis
  • Class of 1963 -- Nourse
  • Class of 1968 -- Watson
  • Class of 1973 -- Townhouses
  • Class of 1978 -- Cassat
  • Class of 1983 -- Townhouses
  • Class of 1988 -- Myers
  • Class of 1993 -- Burton/Sevy
  • Class of 1998 -- James
  • Class of 2003 -- Evans
  • Class of 2008 -- Parish/Rice/Houses
  • Class of 2013 -- Goodhue