Preparing to Move In

Please view or print the 2019 Move-In Booklet by clicking here.

Now that you have made the decision to call Carleton University Residence home for the year, you must have some questions about what your new room will be like!

You will be informed of the room type you are assigned (double or single room & traditional or suites residence ) in the Residence Information email you will receive in your Carleton email account at the end of July/ beginning of August. Your actual room number is not disclosed prior to check-in.  A further email will be sent mid August to inform you of your assigned building and mailbox number. Once you receive this information email, please take a virtual tour of your assigned building.  This tour will give you a clear view of what to expect your room to look like and what is provided.  Important information about move-in can be found in our Residence Move In Information booklet which will be sent to you by email and posted on this page in late July.  In the booklet you will find helpful information about paying fees and what to expect on your move-in day.

The Department of Housing has made arrangements with several hotels for discounted rates for Carleton students and their parents / guardians who require accommodation when in Ottawa for those arriving prior to their assigned move-in date and for those wishing to remain overnight during the residence Move-In weekend.

Residence Linens  

Are you planning on buying new bedding, towels and other basics for school? Why not simplify packing and make your residence room just like home with coordinated essentials from Residence Linens. We have made an arrangement with Residence Linens to deliver to Carleton before move-in day. If you have any questions, please contact Residence Linens directly

A Quick Word About Fridges

Residents who are interested in having a refrigerator in their room, can make arrangements with the University’s contractor Coldex for rental of a medium bar and large bar refrigerator for the academic year. Restricting personal refrigerators to those provided by Coldex ensures that all refrigerators are properly cleaned and in good working order, assists the University in providing a safe and healthy living environment in its Residences and contributes to the University’s sustainability efforts.  Please note: The suites residences, Prescott, Frontenac, and Leeds have a meal preparation area in the suite that includes a full size refrigerator for use by all residents of that assigned space.

For more information about Coldex, please visit their website at

Checking In

In order to make move-in as smooth as possible, we will assign a specific day for each resident to arrive. The day chosen for you, (either  Saturday, August 31st or Sunday, September 1st),  will be included in your residence information email sent to you in late July/ beginning of August. Your cooperation in adhering to your assigned move in date is greatly appreciated.

During Peak Hours (9am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday), registration will take place in the foyer of your designated building (also included in the residence information email). Any students arriving outside of these peak periods should report to the Residence Reception Desk,open, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, located in the main foyer of the Residence Commons Building.

If you intend to arrive after 11:59 pm on Monday, September 2nd, you must inform the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services , no later than the Friday preceding move-in weekend, by completing the Late Arrival Form found on the Homepage of the Housing and Residence Life  Website. If we do not receive notice of your late arrival, your room will be cancelled and offered to another student. Your deposit will also be forfeited.

Students are instructed to take a few moments to review the room inventory check list.  Should there be anything missing or damaged in the room, upon move in, students are asked to complete a work order online through Carleton Central.

Residence Late Arrival Form

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