Carleton University provides a variety of orientation programs to open the door for a paramount university experience.

Whether you are coming to Carleton as a first year student, a mature student, a transfer student or as an international student, there are engaging programs designed to assist you with the transition to life at Carleton.

Residence Overnight Orientation

Thank you for your interest in Residence Overnight Orientation. Please note that registration has closed as we have reached our program capacity. Students who already registered should have received a confirmation email, and will be provided this week with important information to prepare, including a thorough overview of the schedule, what to pack, check-in times and locations, and guidelines for the program.

If students are registered for the Summer Orientation (full day) program on Friday, they will be walked to our Residence check-in location by our staff; for those registered on Saturday, our staff will take them to the appropriate location after breakfast.  Please note: you need to register for both programs separately. Information on Summer Orientation registration is below.

Refunds are available for registered students until Friday, July 13th at 4:30pm.  Beyond that point, we are not able to offer refunds for cancellations.

Parent Information for Residence Overnight Orientation
We know and appreciate how many prospective families come from out of town to our Residence Overnight Orientation.  While the students registered in the program receive overnight accommodations, we are often asked where family members or guardians can stay while their student is with us.  Depending on availability, our on-campus Summer Accommodations may be an option for you.  We also have promotional rates with a couple nearby hotels, and encourage parents to enjoy their evening in the beautiful city of Ottawa.   Information about promotional rates and suggested hotels are below.

Hotel Options (Carleton Preferred Rate):

If you need a place to stay, Carleton University invites you to make a reservation at either The Best Western Plus Victoria Park Suites or The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel. For a special discounted rate, call the reservation lines (listed below) and provide the promo codes below.

The Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown

Book your stay at the Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown and ask for the Carleton Corporate Rate for a special discounted price of only $129 plus applicable taxes per night and based on single or double occupancy in a standard suite.

Tel: 800.465.7275

Book online using the Corporate ID Code: 01543360

Albert at Bay Suite Hotel

Book your stay at the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel and ask for the Carleton Corporate Rate for a special discounted price of only $139 plus applicable taxes per night and based on single or double occupancy.  Rate applies to newly renovated full one bedroom suite with either one or two queen size beds, full living room and full kitchen. Rate includes wireless internet and free local calls.

Tel: 800.267.6644

Book online  using the Corporate ID Code: CAR

Summer Orientation

Getting a good start is critical to success in university. Summer Orientation is a one-day program designed to achieve this for new students and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The Summer Orientation sessions begin early in July and run until mid-August. Each session focuses on promoting student academic success and personal development. Every orientation session consists of: a faculty presentation on academic transition, course registration assistance and review (for proper registration), a campus tour, getting your Campus Card & universal bus pass, dining in The Caf, information on campus services such as student support services, residence life, fall orientation programs and the chance to meet other new students in your academic program and network. This will help every new student enter university informed and confident.

It can be intimidating moving to a new “home”. During the Living in Residence session, you will find out what you should (and shouldn’t) bring with you when you move-in, what to expect in your room, who the members of our Residence Life Staff team are, meal plan information and much more! You will also receive a tour of residence in order to familiarize yourself with your new community.

If you do not plan on living in residence in September, there is an off-campus session in which you will find out how to get involved on campus to meet other Carleton students, how to conduct your off-campus housing search if you are not living at home and information on off-campus meal plans.

Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation provides new students with an exciting week designed to get students engaged and involved. A packed schedule of events is planned by the Student Experience Office, Residence Life, and the Carleton University Students Association to encourage students to make new friends and familiarize themselves with their new surroundings.

Registration for Fall Orientation will be available on the Fall Orientation website.