Couches for Carls is a hospitality exchange network for current Carls and alumni that helps them find free places to stay overnight in the homes of those in the Carleton network. (NOTE: This program is designed for students who need a place to stay short-term, meaning one night or two; this is not for long-term home-stays.)

How Does It Work?

  1. Alumni, parents, and other friends of the college post an ad offering their couch online using a very simple form. Note: only alumni and students can log in to the form. Parents/friends, please ask your student to log-in and fill out the form.
  2. This couch is automatically added to the map of available couches. This listing is only available to those students with a Carleton username and password.
  3. Couchsurfers log into the protected Couch network, locate a couch in the city they’re passing through, and contact the person who provided the couch. They are then free to work out the logistics and discuss any details or conditions of the short home-stay.

Who’s It For?

Any Carleton student or alumni in need of a frugal place to stay for a night or two is welcome to use the program. But we especially encourage its use by Carls traveling for a job interview or other career-related purpose.

For the couch surfer, the program offers free lodging plus a chance to network with Carleton alumni. For the volunteer, it’s a simple way to help a fellow Carl and give back to the Carleton community from the comfort of your own home. What could be better

Protecting Your Privacy

Volunteer addresses are never listed online, and their contact information is available only to logged-in Carls. Non-Carls are not able to access the Couch Map. Those providing a couch are free to accept as many or as few requests for stays as they like. Of course, Carleton cannot guarantee that any participant will be a perfect host or houseguest! But in our experience, connections and great conversations tend to happen wherever two or more Carls gather.

Removing Your Name

If you are no longer able to host a Carl, please reach out to the Career Center to remove yourself from Couches for Carls.