Living in a House at Carleton is an unique opportunity for upperclass students. Many Carleton students revel in the close relationships they form with housemates and enjoy living with friends. House residents share kitchen spaces, private bathrooms, lounge and other living spaces. With these additional amenities comes a greater need for responsibility and accountability. The following provides information about living in a house community at Carleton while also outlining some expectations house residents must take seriously to maintain safe, healthy, and sanitary house communities.

General Expectations of House Living

  • Common Areas and Communal Responsibility – common spaces include living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.  You should treat all of these areas with respect, and consider how your actions might impact your community members who also use the spaces.  You have a responsibility to keep these areas clean and clear.
  • Chores and Cleanliness – each house will work with their Resident Assistant to determine procedures for ensuring house cleanliness. Chores and other responsibilities for keeping the house clean will be designated; however, we expect you to participate in this process.  If you are assigned to complete a chore or task, you should follow through. During closing periods at the end of terms, you will also be responsible for supporting the overall cleaning and general closing procedure as directed by your Residence Life staff.  
  • Effective Communication – you should strive to be communicative with your Resident Assistant and fellow community members.  If in the event you are unable to participate in an activity or complete a task for the house, you should seek to communicate this with housemates.
  • Communal Respect – Respect the privacy and personal dignity of all members of the house community through practicing noise reduction, sharing common spaces, and refraining from entering the private room spaces of others without prior permission.
  • Active Participation – Attend regular house meetings hosted by your Resident Assistant; provide advance notice if you cannot attend . 

Cleaning / Custodial Cleaning in Houses

The kitchens, bathrooms, and common room spaces of all draw houses and interest houses are cleaned on a weekly basis by custodial staff. Bathrooms in Townhouses are only cleaned during Winter break. Custodians will be in houses cleaning between 2:00pm and 5:00pm, with the exception of Benton, Douglas, Faculty Club East, Wade, Parish, & Rice which are between 10:00am and 1:30pm This schedule can be found below and will also be posted in a common area of your house.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
HuntingtonChaneyHunt CottageBentonChaney (tidy)
StimsonFarmDouglasFarm (tidy)
WadeHall HouseHuntington (tidy)Henrickson
Page EastPage WestWilliams
Wade (tidy)Stimson (tidy)

Prior to the designated weekly cleaning time, residents are expected to: 

  1. Remove all belongings from the shower and sink areas in bathrooms
  2. Declutter & organize the floor and furniture spaces in common rooms including organizing shoes/boots in entryways.
  3. Store all kitchen items inside cabinets or in individual rooms
  4. Wash and remove all dishes from the sink
  5. Refrain from using common spaces, bathrooms, and kitchens during the custodial cleaning time including cooking.
  6. Take out trash and recycling in common room containers

Townhouses Residents should follow the above expectations prior to leaving for Winter Break in addition to any other Residence Life expectations communicated related to closing procedures for Townhouses. 

Waste Removal: Trash, Recycling, and Compost

HouseCollection Sites
AllenNorthfield Collection
BentonNorthfield Collection
BergNorthfield Collection
ChaneyCentral Collection site by Faculty Club garage
DouglasNorthfield Collection
Faculty ClubCentral Collection site by Faculty Club garage
FarmCentral Collection site between Farm and Parr
GeffertNorthfield Collection
Hall HouseCentral Collection site on the Musser side of Hall House
HenricksonNorthfield Collection
Hunt CottageNorthfield Collection
HuntingtonNorthfield Collection
JewettNorthfield Collection
Page EastCentral Collection site at Nutting House
Page WestCentral Collection site at Nutting House
ParishCentral Collection site between Parish and Wade
ParrCentral Collection site between Farm and Parr
PrenticeNorthfield Collection
RiceCentral Collection site by Rice
StimsonNorthfield Collection
TownhousesCentral Collection site on the Musser side of Hall House
WadeNorthfield Collection between Parish and Wade
WilliamsNorthfield Collection
WilsonNorthfield Collection

Houses with Central Collection Sites

Trash and recycling

The residents of the house are responsible for removing trash and recycling from common areas of the house. Resident Assistants will create and send out a trash/recycling sign up form early in each term and residents are expected to sign up for at least one week/term to be responsible for trash and recycling removal. 

For trash generated in individual rooms, students should bag trash and recycling themselves and deposit the bags in the containers outside. Please do not put trash bags in the recycling container. Empty your recycling from the plastic trash bag into the exterior container and throw the plastic bag in the trash container.

Spray container handles and tops down with disinfectant before and after putting waste in them to deter the spread of pathogens and viruses. 

Compost

Houses are provided a small gallon pail(s). The pails are meant to be stored in kitchen freezers to prevent bacteria and mold formation.. Residents can put any household compost in these small pails throughout the week. 

The resident who has signed up for trash and recycling in any given week is also responsible for ensuring that the small compost pail in the freezer is emptied. 

Residents can request additional gallons sized pails and 5 gallon pails through contacting your Area Director via email. 

Northfield Collection Information

Trash and Recycling

Residents of these house are responsible for removing trash and recycling from common areas of the house. Resident Assistants will work with residents to create and send out a trash/recycling sign up form early in each term and residents are expected to sign up for at least one week/term to be responsible for trash and recycling removal. 

Each house has been given exterior large containers for trash and recycling. The exterior collection containers will also need to be taken to the curb on Sunday Night after 5:00pm and before 7:00pm Monday mornings to allow the City of Northfield to collect the trash and recycling.  Recycling pick up occurs every other Monday. These containers also need to be wheeled back to their original position outside the house by 6:00pm on Mondays. The resident who signs up for trash and recycling in any given week is also responsible for wheeling these containers to the curb and back on Sunday nights/Mondays.

For trash generated in individual rooms, students should bag trash and recycling themselves and deposit the bags in the containers outside. Please do not put trash bags in the recycling container. Empty your recycle from the plastic trash bag into the exterior container and throw the plastic bag in the trash container.

Spray container handles and tops down with disinfectant before and after putting waste in them to deter the spread of pathogens and viruses. 

Compost

Each house is also provided a set of pails for compost collection. The smaller, gallon sized pails are meant to be stored in kitchen freezers. Residents can put any household compost in these small pails throughout the week. The compost will freeze and prevent bacteria and mold formation. 

Each house is also given a 5 gallon pail(s). This 5 gallon pail should be stored on the porch of the house or next to the external trash/recycling containers. The resident who has signed up for trash and recycling in any given week is also responsible for ensuring that the small compost pail in the freezer is emptied into the larger 5 gallon pail outside. 5 gallon compost pails are to be placed at the curb for pick up on Mondays.  You will be provided a new compost bag with each pick up.

Residents can request additional gallons sized pails and 5 gallon pails through contacting your Area Director via email. 

To access the Northfield Trash, Recycling, and Compost schedule, click here. 

Townhouses Waste Removal

Custodial Services does not assist Townhouse residents with trash, recycling, or compost removal from individual units. Residents are expected to deposit all apartment waste, recycling, and compost into the collection containers on the Musser side of Hall House. 

These collection containers are removed for pick-up as follows:

  • Trash:  Thursdays between 1:30PM & 3:30PM
  • Recycle:  Mondays & Thursdays between 1:30PM & 3:30PM
  • Compost:  Mondays between 1:30PM & 3:30PM

During this time, residents should plan to hold their waste in the house.  Residents should never stack trash and recycling bags on the ground by the Hall House location. Trash and recycling left outside of collection containers may attract vermin that could pose a danger to campus residents and staff. 

All collection containers will be put back within 24 hours of the removal times listed above. 

Each Townhouse suite should coordinate a schedule for removing trash, recycling, and compost between themselves early in the term.

Storage in Basements and Common Rooms

All student belongings should be stored in individual student rooms. Exceptions include items designated as interest house belongings. This applies only to interest house items that remain in the house from year to year (decor, small kitchen appliances, interest specific items).

Basements in interest houses and draw houses should not be used for personal storage. Items found in these spaces will be removed and the owner of the belongings will be charged for removal.  Students are prohibited from storing items in Townhouse laundry rooms, custodial closets, or facilities closets. 

Kitchen Supplies

House residents are permitted to store kitchen supplies and food in the kitchen cabinets and community refrigerators. Students should take an inventory of any stored food on a regular basis to ensure food stored in houses is not expired. Food stored in cabinets should be stored in sealed containers when possible to avoid attracting rodents, insects, harmful pathogens, and mold.