Northfield Option

Although Carleton is a residential college, a limited number of seniors are allowed to live in private apartments in town through the Northfield Option process. The total number of Northfield Option spaces is determined by the overall College occupancy and varies each year. 

If you're offered Northfield Option and accept, you assume full responsibility for your housing arrangements. The policy, calendar, Living at Carleton, and additional facts appear on the following pages.

2018 Dates

  • February 1
    Housing Selection Lottery Numbers for Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are posted.
  • February 8
    Deadline for students to submit proxy information via the online form.
  • February 12 by noon
    All Northfield Option applications due to the Office of Residential Life. Student may bring the form in before this time or submit it via email at
  • February 13 by 4 p.m.
    All seniors who submit the Northfield Option application will be notified via email if they are awarded Northfield Option.
  • Feb 27 by 5pm
    Leases with signatures of all students due to the Office of Residential Life. Only one copy of the lease is needed per group.
  • Offers will continue to be made in lottery order to seniors who submit the application before the deadline until our designated goal has been met. Any additional offers will be made by request date.  If you do not receive an offer by mid March, it is unlikely you will be offered Northfield Option.