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Carleton University

Carleton University

Learn about services for students at Carleton University, including their accessibility services, peer and academic support programs, financial aid, campus accessibility, and more.

General Information

Carleton University is located in Ottawa, Ontario and provides educational opportunities to 26000 students. Carleton University has 6 faculties and schools, each with their own academic programs and departments:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering and Design
  • Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Faculty of Public Affairs
  • Faculty of Science
  • The Sprott School of Business

The address for Carleton University is:

Carleton University:
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
(613) 520-7400


Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services

At Carleton University, the centre providing accessibility services to students is called the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC). The Paul Menton Centre is the primary place to find out about all of your disability related needs.  They have detailed information available about academic accommodations that are available to students with disabilities. The Paul Menton Centre evaluates cases on an individual basis to ensure that accommodations are provided when a student’s functional limitations of their disability directly impacts their academic performance. 

Transition Programs

Carleton University offers several transition programs for students with disabilities called PMC Fall Orientation, Make The Cut, and Get the FACTS.

Accessibility Plan

For more information about accessibility at Carleton University, and their current initiatives to address issues of accessibility, please see Carleton University’s Accessibility Plan.

Documentation Required

To access accommodations, students must submit the required documentation to the Paul Menton Centre (PMC). The PMC has developed specific documentation requirements and forms for various types of disabilities. For learning disabilities, a psychoeducational assessment report is necessary and the link below outlines specific assessment requirements. Please also review detailed information about certain disability categories.  Documentation requirements:

Every new student registering with the PMC will be asked to complete the PMC Assessment of Functional Impairment (AFI). The AFI will be emailed to you and is used to evaluate the nature and the degree of functional impairment due to disability, in order to inform PMC support services.


For more information about required documentation or how to obtain proof of your disability, contact the Carleton University Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities directly.

Support Services Available

Health Services

Carleton University's Health and Counselling Services provides Medical Services to their student population, offering basic physician services and health information.

Counselling Services

Carleton University offers Counselling Services for any student who may be experiencing stressful events in their life.

Transition Program

From Intention to Action provides students with one-on-one counselling support to support them in managing stress and improving academic performance during the transition into university. 

Academic Support

Carleton University's Centre for Student Academic Support (CSAS) offers several different services to students, including Peer Assisted Study Sessions and Writing Tutorial Services.

Library Services

At Carleton University, the MacOdrum Library provides students with various resources such as books, journal articles, e-books, and videos.  The library also offers services include borrowing services, library reserves, interlibrary loans, research help, writing tutorial services, and learning support services. In addition to regular library services, the MacOdrum Library provides two additional services for students with disabilities the New Sun Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre and library services for students with disabilities.


Academic Advising

Carleton University offers drop-in academic advising appointments to students to assist with decisions such as: choosing or changing degree elements, developing plans to get back on track after academic difficulties and understanding academic rules and regulations.

Other Support Services

Financial Aid

Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards

Carleton University’s Awards & Financial Aid offers a range of financial assistance which consists of merit-based scholarships, need-based bursaries, and awards based on academic achievement. Information regarding Carleton University's financial aid is available on their website, as well as complete lists of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and contact information.

Residence and Housing

On-Campus Housing

Carleton University’s Housing Office offers traditional and suite style residence in themed, co-ed and single gender floors. Residence rooms are guaranteed for first year students coming from high school and CEGEP. Traditional residence units include single or double rooms with shared washrooms. Suite style residence units include 2 bedrooms, a shared washroom and a shared kitchenette. All buildings include:

  • Common lounges
  • Common study areas
  • Access to 24/7 front desk
  • Maintenance
  • Laudry facilities

All rooms in residence come furnished and include internet access and local telephone service. Residence rates vary depending on building and room style. Residence fees include a mandatory meal plan for students in traditional style accommodations. Some suite style accommodations also include a meal plan. Meal plans operate utilizing a set number of meals per week, in addition to flex dollars which operate on a declining balance system.

Carleton University offers accessible rooms and suites in Frontenac House, Leeds House (Suite A & B), Prescott, and Stormont-Dundas.  Special consideration requests based on a disability, medical condition, special dietary need or gender identity that may affect room assignment or ability to use the meal plan can be made by following the process as outlined in Special Needs Residence Accommodation Request.

Attendant Care

Students who submit a request under a physical disability will be connected with staff from the Attendant Care Program to further discuss their specific needs.   The program is available to students with various levels of physical disability and attempts to provide support to individuals according to their specific needs.  In order to provide comprehensive services only a limited number of program places are available each year.  Staff of the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services work closely with the Attendant Care Program staff to assess and accommodate these requests dependent on room availability.   Final room assignments are decided by the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services and the Attendant Care Program according to the level of physical challenge and support requirement to the available room accommodation.

A guide describing the program in detail is available free of charge by contacting the Attendant Services Co-ordinator at (613) 520-6615 or by e-mail at Matthew_Cole@carleton.ca

Off-Campus Housing

Carleton University offers an accommodation listing service through Off-Campus Housing, where landlords can advertise rental properties available.

Getting Around

Campus Accessibility

All buildings on Carleton University's campus are linked by well-lit tunnels open all day, year round. Accessibility information on all buildings is listed on the Campus Map. Carleton University also offers a Accessibility Guide for its students.

Ottawa Transit

OC Transpo is comprised of buses, and a rail system called O-Trains. Full-time students at the Carleton University receive a discounted pass that can be used on all OC Transpo transit systems called the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass), included in their tuition. Routes and maps are provided for each of the OC Transpo options.

The OC Transpo buses and O-Trains offer accessible transit services including low-floors and next stop announcement system.

The OC Transpo offers the Support Person and Attendants which allows users of the transit system who require a support person to have this person travel with them at no additional cost. Persons interested in the support person and attendants program must fill out the application form.

Para Transpo is a service that provides door-to-door accessible transit for persons who are unable to take conventional transit due to a disability. The OC Transpo has established eligibility guidelines for the use of Para Transpo. Persons seeking to use Para Transpo must submit an application form signed by a health practitioner. 

Academic Programs

Carleton University offers many different Undergraduate Programs to their student population.

Contact Information

Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities
(613) 520-6608
Located at 501 University Centre

Health and Counselling Services
(613) 520-6674
Located at 1125 Colonel By Drive

Student Academic Success Centre
(613) 520-3822
Located at 1125 Colonel By Drive

MacOdrum Library
(613) 520-2600 ext 2733

Awards & Financial Aid 
(613) 520-3600

Housing Office
(613) 520-5612


Use this checklist to create an overview of the services available at Carleton University, and to determine if the services meet your needs.