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The capital advantage

Carleton University is located in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, which offers opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.


Known primarily as the seat of Canada’s federal government, Ottawa is that and so much more. It is home to over 130 embassies and high commissions from around the world, as well as numerous national organizations and museums. A large percentage of Canada’s major medical, clinical and life sciences research centres are located in the Ottawa area, as well as a technology industry with over 1,900 companies.

Ottawa is also one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, with a great number of neighbourhood parks and tranquil green spaces, waterways that wind through the city, and historical and architectural landmarks. The magnificent Gatineau Park, which features 165 km of hiking trails, is located in the National Capital Region.

The city of Ottawa provides ample opportunities for those looking for work experience or a career after graduation. It is home to a vibrant business sector, a strong high-tech industry, numerous cultural institutions, and some of Canada’s most influential government and non-governmental organizations.

Travel to Ottawa


As the capital of Canada, Ottawa is well connected locally, nationally and internationally. Ottawa is home to an international airport, a train station and a coach bus station, and is serviced by local public transit. Ottawa is a 2 hour drive from Montreal, 4.5 hour drive from Toronto and a 1 hour drive to the state of New York.

You can also use our resources to find a great place to stay during your visit.

Discover campus


Book a tour

Visit our beautiful riverside campus year round, Monday through Saturday, with a campus tour. Campus tours are walking tours that usually take about 1.5 hours and are led by current Carleton students. Book a campus tour today!

Attend an event

You are also invited to attend one of our many upcoming events.

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