Carleton University Student Guide to the Glebe

August 28, 2018 | by glebeadmin


Moving away from home, being on your own and fending for yourself is hard enough as it is but doing all of that in the country’s capital can be a tad overwhelming. We got fourth-year Carleton student Kelly Millar to compile a guide to your next-door neighbourhood: The Glebe. We know it’s hard being a student, so let us make it easy for you.

The Glebe is a one-of-a-kind destination – a neighbourhood bursting with unique ma and pa shops, a suite of delicious restaurants, quiet cafes for studying, and enough bars for you and your roomies to hop to and from. Here are eight ways to get the most out of the Glebe during your gruelling school year.


Dine and Drink strategically

One thing I learned very quickly in my first year at Carleton: The Caf gets old really quick. I also realized that there’s also only so much room in a mini-fridge and only so much you can make without a kitchen. We as students think that we can inherently live off of coffee and ramen but let me tell you: we definitely should not. Now, if that’s the way you want to live, the Glebe has got your coffee and ramen supply covered, but it also has over 60 different eateries and restaurants for you to choose from. You don’t even need to break the bank to spruce up your menu if you dine and drink strategically. Let me explain.

Wine Wednesdays. Wing nights. Happy Hours. Fishbowl Fridays. Half-priced apps. Shall I go on?

Here are just a few classic weekly specials in the Glebe that you can take advantage of:

  • Boston Pizza The Glebe: Fishbowl Fridays
    • Triples in a fishbowl starting at $10.24
    • Different deals every day of the week
  • The Arrow and the Loon: Half-Off Menu
    • 50% off the entire menu every Wednesday after 5 p.m.
    • Different deals every day of the week
  • Local Public Eatery: Happy Hour
    • Special snack and drink menu from 3-6 p.m. and after 9 p.m. every day

Find way more deals like these on the Glebe’s promo page here. You can finally put that random dorm room white board to use and build yourself a weekly specials calendar.

Take advantage of your student status

Congratulations are in order: you’re a post-secondary student. You’re now at the point in your life where people will just automatically feel bad for you. I suggest you soak it up before it’s over.

Your student card is going to be your ticket to all the student exclusive pity deals so make sure to keep it handy. You have roughly four years to abuse your student status as much as possible so don’t let that piece of plastic burn a hole in your pocket. Merchants in the Glebe know your struggle and want to help you; no begging necessary.

Here are just a few student deals in the Glebe:

Even though you may be paying a foot and an arm in tuition fees, it’s worth it for the shopping discounts, right?



While you’re in the area scooping up deals, you can also check off all of your errands in one go. The Glebe has every necessity a university student could ever need. There are three grocery stores, five banks, three drug stores, and what some might prioritize: two LCBOs a Beer Store and a Wine Rack.

If you need stationary, notebooks, pens, agendas etc. check out The Papery. You can feel organized AND fancy with their extensive selection of adorable school supplies.

For quality on-the-go school gear, head over to Readi Set Go – you’ll be in back-to-school heaven. They have high-quality backpacks, lunch storage, caddies, water bottles, etc. Every single item in this store is useful, no exaggeration.

If you need to spruce up your style heading into the new school year, swing by Winners. You’ll find a brand-new wardrobe and decorations for your dorm. Their home décor section can even make Glengarry feel warm and cozy. The Glebe has a suite of other clothing shops for you to get new threads, including Stomping Ground, Delilah and BGGO.

There’s no better place than Bloomfield’s to find adorable succulents and floral arrangements for your empty windowsill. The knowledgeable staff can even help you pick out a plant that is low maintenance and won’t die too easily (us students have a lot on our minds, okay?)

A laptop for “studying”. A phone for socializing. A speaker for partying. The Source has any electronic you could need to get you through the school year and then some. Go online for their weekly flyer and see what deals they have on. Snag a pair of kickass headphones from the Audio Shop or deck out your residence with some new Sonos speakers. You’ll have your RA’s tearing down your wall in no time.

For all your literature needs, see Octopus Books where some of your profs may actually send you to pick up required course texts. Whether it’s for learning or pleasure, reading is always good for the soul.


Find your study spot

As majestic as the MacOdrum library may seem at first, you will absolutely go a bit crazy if you spend too much time in there (talking from experience). A change in scenery when studying keeps your mind fresh and your mentality in-check. It’s a good thing the Glebe has no shortage of study nooks for you to get in the zone. So, pick up some reading material at Octopus Books then head to one of these caffeinated study spots to get your learning on:

While the weather is still cooperating, try setting up shop at one of our outdoor parks, parkettes and parklets. These little pop-up al fresco study nooks will increase your productivity by 110 per cent. (I checked). I guess fresh air is almost as good as caffeine. Check out the handy map below, which will guide you to find everything from study spots, cheap drinks and school supplies.


If you haven’t yet had a chance to step off campus to explore your next-door neighbourhood, I promise you’ll want to make your way here for Sept. 29. The entire area turns into student mania when the Ravens and the Gee-Gees football teams battle it out at TD Place in the biggest sporting event of the school year.

Once you become a university student in Ottawa, the Panda Game is your new Christmas. It’s better than a birthday and more important than your own wedding. At the very least it deserves city-wide holiday status.

All jokes aside, it’s a guaranteed good time whether you’re a football fan or not.

Glebe bars and restaurants are awaiting your arrival and are fully stocked for your pregame/postgame needs. Come watch Carleton play to protect Pedro for a FIFTH year in a row. But get your tickets as soon as you can because the game is known to sell out!


More Events

Free music? Yes please! You have arrived just in time for Marvest: a two-day festival featuring more than 60 artists and bands playing in shops and restaurants throughout the Glebe. Marvest runs Sept. 14-15 with shows throughout the day and evening.  Come enjoy local musicians as they fill the neighbourhood. All you have to do is show up! Stay tuned for lineup details.

Marvest is an off-shoot festival of the larger parent festival: City Folk. This music-filled week is hosted at Lansdowne from Sept. 12-16 and this year’s lineup features artists like Hozier, David Byrne and Steve Earle.  Buy your tickets at Compact Music in the Glebe.

Now that you’re an Ottawan you’re going to want to come out and support your city’s professional sport teams. The Ottawa REDBLACKS, Ottawa 67’s junior hockey team and Fury FC all call TD Place home which means you have easy access to all of their home games. The REDBLACKS will be battling it out until Nov. 2 before playoffs begin.

The Glebe has made it easy for you. Head to their events page here  to see everything that’s going on in the area.



Places to start

Kettleman’s Bagel Co: Basically, the Carleton student rite of passage is the moment you taste your first Kettleman’s bagel. Made fresh all day every day, these bagels are a whole different breed of carbs. Words can’t fully describe the experience, so I suggest you make your way as soon as possible. (And they’re open 24/7/365 so you don’t really have an excuse not to go.)

Playa del Popsical: If you’re still salty about summer being over (as you have every right to be,) try checking out this hidden gem. Tucked away behind Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, Playa del Popsical is the cutest little popsicle truck you’ll find. With its make-shift mini beach, lounge chairs, sand and all, you can watch your worries melt away.

Yummy Pies: This little joint is perfect for students on a budget. Enjoy one of their authentic middle-eastern meat pies all within the $4 range. They have plenty of different pies made fresh in minutes and finished off with your choice of toppings and sauce. If you’re on-the-go and on a budget give it a try. Warning: you might become obsessed.

Ottawa Farmers’ Market: My advice to you is to stay fully replenished for your 8:30 a.m. mornings and your 3:30 a.m. nights. You can accomplish this with ease because the Ottawa Farmers’ Market is in the Glebe EVERY Sunday. Snatch up fresh healthy brain food while supporting your new local food scene.

613 Flea: Are you a horrible thrifter? Same. 613Flea makes thrift-shopping easy because they’ve already picked out the best of the best. You can also find handcrafted art, jewellery, food, gifts and other unique treasures at this monthly pop-up flea market. Check the dates at

Glebe Murals: Spruce up your Insta-game and show off your new hood by getting some shots with the beautiful murals sprinkled throughout the Glebe. Make it a challenge to track down all the walls that are decked out in the area, or cheat, and use the map below.

Getting Around

The best part to all of this is how easy everything is for you to access.

The number 7 OCTranspo bus comes straight from the Carleton campus through the entire length of the Glebe, and both the 7 and the 6 run down Bank Street every few minutes.

In nice weather the stroll from campus takes 20 minutes via Sunnyside or you can take the route that Carleton students know all too well: the Rideau Canal. You can run or cycle along the canal path and arrive in less than 10 minutes. Or, you can take the most Canadian mode of transport possible by strapping on a pair of skates and making your way here in a jiffy. It may take slightly more than a jiffy if your Canadian DNA failed you in the skating department (like myself,) but every Ottawan has to try once!

Hopefully, this student guide will make your first year of college as painless as possible. And remember, school always comes first…then the Panda Game.