Student Life

At university, you can explore your interests inside and outside of the classroom.

You may attend social events or join a student club. You may also play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, get involved in your residence community.

Read more about student life at Carleton.

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Orientation Week

Fall Orientation at Carleton provides incoming students with a jam-packed week of fun activities, opportunities to make new friends and help transitioning to university.

Indigenous Student Orientation

The Centre for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement offers a half-day Read more about student life at Carleton>orientation session for new Indigenous students at the start of each academic year. Here they can:

  • meet members of the team,
  • learn about programs being offered,
  • meet other Indigenous students and
  • share a meal together.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

With more than 200 active clubs and societies at Carleton, you may find an academic, social, political or charitable club that interests you.

Some clubs include the Debate and Speech Club, the Badminton Club and the Ski and Snowboard Club.

Indigenous Service Centre, Clubs and Societies

  • The Mawandoseg Centre is a Carleton University Students’ Association Service Centre that advocates for Indigenous issues on campus and strives to improve the quality of Indigenous students’ experiences at Carleton by providing peer support.
  • The Infinite Reach Student Solidarity Network is a group of Métis students working together to enrich and enhance their postsecondary education experience. Members form a community of Métis students within the university to support each other in their academic pursuits.

Student Union

At Carleton, you are represented by the Carleton University Students’ Association. Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs.

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Varsity Athletics

Carleton is home to the Ravens varsity sports, which range from basketball to fencing. The Carleton Ravens participate in both Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Read more about Carleton’s varsity athletics.

Recreation and Intramurals

Carleton offers recreational sports and leagues at many skill levels, including ball hockey, soccer and dodgeball.

Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one. Learn more about how you can join a team or create your own.

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Student Services

Paul Menton Centre (PMC) for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, the Paul Menton Centre (PMC) for Students with Disabilities is available to help. Contact the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year.

Safer Spaces Program (LGBTQ)

Carleton’s Safer Spaces Program is an institution-wide initiative to reduce the impact of homophobia and heterosexism on campus. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to take workshops that help to create supportive and safe spaces on campus.

Child Care

The Colonel By Child Care Centre accepts children between the ages of 6 months up to 5 years. Priority is given to students, staff and faculty. Email the Colonel By Child Care Centre for more information or call 613-520-2715.

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The Department of University Safety conducts foot, bike and vehicular patrols on campus. The Carleton University Student Emergency Response Team, a student volunteer medical response team, is also available in an emergency.

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