How to Apply for Northfield Option

Carleton College is a residential college; therefore, all students, except those married or having dependent children living with them, must live in College-owned residences and participate in the College dining plan. The College recognizes the benefits associated with independent living environments and, as a result, offers a limited number of releases from the residency requirement through the Northfield Option program.

Northfield Option will be offered to rising seniors with a current class year of 2019 only. Approximately 75 seniors will be given the option to live in non-College owned housing next year.

We are asking students to communicate with us if they are interested in Northfield Option by completing the Northfield Option Application. The form is due to the Office of Residential Life by noon on Monday, February 12. You can return it in person or email it as an attachment to Only one form per group is necessary, all students in the group should sign the same application.

  • Please ensure the application is completed by the person in your group with the lowest lottery number, since that is how we will determine which groups are eligible
  • Please ensure all students applying with the group sign the form or have a proxy's signature
  • Please ensure all students have read and understand the attached Northfield Option

Beginning in the afternoon of Monday, February 12, we will process all applications in order of lottery number. The total number of groups granted Northfield Option will depend on the size of each group (max of 5 without prior approval), we will sort this information in our office and all students will be notified by email by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, if they have received Northfield Option. Please note, due to this quick turn around time, we are unable to accept forms after the deadline. All rising seniors are welcome to apply, however, past draws show us that if the lowest lottery number in your group is over 100, it is highly unlikely you will receive Northfield Option. Any student who applies but is not granted Northfield Option will be put on a wait list.

Like Room Draw, rising seniors will be able to select roommates for Northfield Option Draw. Each senior will be allowed to include up to four other seniors in their request for Northfield Option. All members of a group must live at the same address in the same rental unit. After an offer is made, seniors offered Northfield Option will have two weeks to secure an apartment and submit a confirmation that they are accepting Northfield Option.

Who's eligible?

Students who are classified by the Registrar’s Office as class year 2019 are eligible to apply to live in non-College owned housing.

How to apply

WHAT DO I DO? You may request Northfield Option for yourself and up to four proposed roommates by submitting the Northfield Option Application prior to noon on Monday, February 12. Please note, we are unable to accept late applications. If offered, you and any proposed roommates will have two weeks to return the signed offer letter to Residential Life. If you are off campus, you must designate a housing proxy who can sign your intentions on your behalf.

Do not sign a lease for off-campus housing until you receive a Northfield Option offer letter from Residential Life. A signed lease agreement does not guarantee that you will get Northfield Option.

HOW DO I ACCEPT IF OFFERED? It is imperative that you return your acceptance letter by 5 p.m. on the date indicated on the offer letter. Along with your acceptance you must also provide a copy of your Rental Lease with the names of all group members, indicating that you all live at the same address. Failure to respond by the deadline is interpreted as declining Northfield Option and an offer will be extended to another student.


Rising seniors who apply for Northfield Option by the deadline and are not offered Northfield Option will be placed on the wait list in order by lottery number.


Seniors who apply for Northfield Option after the deadline will no longer be offered based on their lottery number but rather on a “first come, first served” basis according to request date. To sign up after the deadline come to the Office of Residential Life, Sevy G10, during office hours.

Read the Northfield Option FAQs