The housing selection process for returning students at Carleton is known as Room Draw. The goal of our housing program is to provide safe, clean, and comfortable living arrangements that enhance opportunities for students to successfully achieve their academic goals at Carleton.

College Policy

As a residential college, Carleton requires all students to live in College-operated residences and participate in the College dining plan for all four years. Exceptions are made for those who are married, have children, or have been granted Northfield Option. Students who live in College housing are making a commitment to abide by College policies as outlined in the Student Handbook.

General Information

  • Students select their rooms based on seniority (ie, seniors will draw first, then juniors, etc).
  • The majority of spaces are identified as all-gender.
  • Substance-free and quiet areas are available for draw.
  • Students are expected to live in the room they select during room draw. Any changes must be requested through the Residential Life Office and are not guaranteed.
  • Any unauthorized room changes/moves may result in a student being required to move back to their assigned room and/or automatic placement at the end of their class for room draw.
  • If there is an unanticipated vacancy in a room, the space will likely be assigned to someone over the summer.
  • Per college policy, refunds will not be issued if a student leaves Carleton after the term has begun.

Housing Lottery Numbers

  • Each student receives a random, computer-generated lottery number. This number determines the order in which students select their room. For students gone during Fall term, the number will be used to prioritize housing requests for their return.
  • Each housing lottery number consists of four digits. The first digit indicates the student’s class year. Numbers for rising seniors begin with 1, numbers for rising juniors begin with 2, and numbers for rising sophomores begin with 3. Lottery numbers are randomly distributed within each class. Lower numbers go through the Room Draw process first; that is, 2001 draws before 2335. Lottery Numbers are non-transferable.
  • Rooms are drawn with a single number. The person with the lowest number may draw-in other people and thus create a draw group. For example, the number 2001 can be used to draw a triple with two other people who have higher numbers.
  • Rising Seniors will be notified of their new housing lottery numbers ahead of other rising class years as they are the only eligible class who can participate in the Northfield Option Process. Those who apply and are approved for the Northfield Option Process will not participate in the Room Draw Process.

Who is eligible to participate in Room Draw?

All students who will be enrolled in classes on the Carleton campus during the Fall Term are eligible to participate in Room Draw, with the exception of those approved for Northfield Option.

The following situations would make a student NOT eligible to participate in room draw:

  • Students who have submitted the Petition-Student Review for Non-Carleton Programs form 
  • Students who have submitted the Off Campus Study Agreement form 
  • Students who were approved for a leave of absence or withdrawal for the Fall Term
  • Students who are currently on a leave of absence or withdrawn and have not been approved to return

Questions regarding your status should be directed to the Dean of Students Office or the Off Campus Studies Office. If your status changes, we must receive notification from the appropriate office or the Registrar in order for you to be added to room draw. In the event of any change after room draw begins, you will be added to the room draw process at the end of your class. 

Housing Accommodations

Individuals seeking a housing accommodation should first review the Student Handbook. Please visit the Office of Accessibility Resources for additional information or to request an accommodation.

Meal Plans

Please see the Dining Services site for details and information about meal plans and meal plan requirements for the upcoming academic year.