Communication and Media Studies is a growing and thriving community of students. From your first year until your fourth year, there will be many opportunities to meet your fellow classmates and get involved in the campus community.

The Communication and Media Studies program is housed in Richcraft Hall, a beautiful, modern building overlooking the Rideau River at the south end of the Carleton campus and is a hub for student life.

On the fourth floor of Richcraft Hall, you will also find the Reader’s Digest Resource Centre, a dedicated space for the School of Journalism and Communication featuring spaces for quiet study and collaborative work. Here you will also attend small events, from film screenings to public lectures and professional development workshops.

Rendering of the Richcraft Building

Rendering of the Richcraft Building Atrium

The Communication Undergraduate Student Society (CUSS) is an organization run by and for Communication and Media Studies students. CUSS fosters a sense of community and provides opportunities for students to build professional and personal relationships with their peers, instructors and prospective employers.

The society runs fundraising initiatives, field trips and professional activities throughout the academic year, as well as social events and an annual Winter Gala. CUSS’s mentorship program encourages professional, academic and personal success by pairing 1st and 2nd year students with a mentor throughout the academic year at Carleton University.

Students can get involved by attending one of the society’s events, writing a guest post for the CUSS blog, or by joining the Executive – first-year representatives are selected every September. Visit their website,, for more information, or find them on social media.

Outside the School of Journalism and Communication, students can also access the many services, resources, and events available around campus. Take a workshop to develop your study skills or fine-tune your resume, grab a coffee and pita at Rooster’s, work on one of the treadmill desks or play with a 3D printer in the Discovery Centre, or join a club. If that’s not enough, you have the nation’s capital – with all of its amazing events, performance venues, and museums and galleries – at your fingertips.

The Capital Advantage

Ottawa is the centre of public life in Canada and the place where our country and the world intersect. Studying in the capital provides access to the nation’s decision-makers, its technology headquarters and the home of many of its outstanding institutions.

Ottawa's Rideau Canal

The city is renowned for its natural beauty and is blissfully accessible on foot, bike, skate and ski. Ottawa also boasts world-class cultural attractions—including national museums, music, fashion and animation festivals, bustling foodie neighbourhoods, stellar sporting events, and more.

For the media and communication professionals of tomorrow, Ottawa offers a big city presence with a small town feel. Find out more about Carleton’s Capital Advantage.