Breaks at Bates

Bates College supports students throughout the academic year, including on breaks! A variety of offices collaborate each break period to provide events and programming for students who are staying on campus during break to get out of their rooms, engage with friends and meet new people!

Breaks at Bates Google Group (listserv)

If you’re on campus over break, join the Breaks at Bates Google Group to get the latest information on events and programs during break, and interact with others who are on campus! You may join or leave the group at any time. After joining via the above link, you may send a message at any time to

Events During Break

Student Event Funding

Breaks at Bates funding is available to students wishing to host an event or program open to all Bates students during official college breaks.  These events/programs are coordinated by students and may include food that is aimed at bringing students together in meaningful ways. Individual students and those affiliated with student clubs and organizations may apply for this funding. You may find the form to do so and more details here.

Meals on Campus Over Break

Dining Services operates Commons and the Den during special hours over official breaks during the academic year. You may view their full schedule and more details here.  Students can earn additional meal passes by joining the Bates Dining Mug Program. 

Getting Off Campus

Lewiston-Auburn Shuttle

The Office of Campus Life provides a free shuttle stopping at key places in the Lewiston-Auburn area each weekend while school is in session, including during select breaks.  The shuttle runs Friday and Saturday nights, and during the day on Sunday.



BreakShuttle gives students at Bates College a direct, safe, and affordable option to travel home and back during academic breaks.  Break Shuttle offers service to/from Boston, Hartford, and NYC.  Click here to see travel details and to purchase tickets.

Concord Coach Lines

Leaves Bates daily for the Portland Transportation Center and Boston at 9:00 AM & 3:30 PM

Additional departure times of 4:30 AM & 1:00 PM available around Thanksgiving, Winter Break, February Break, and April Break.

Student discount of $5 off a round trip, use Coupon Code: coupon11

From the Transportation Center you can either take a Taxi/uber for $8-12 to the Portland Jetport or you can take the Portland METRO bus #5 to the Maine Mall via the Portland Jetport.  To get to the bus stop, walk 0.3 miles (head North on Seawall and then cross to the other side Congress St.) and the bus stop is located at Congress St and Whitney St.


Leaves Bates daily at 7:00 AM & 1:20 PM.  From the Portland drop-off location, take a Taxi/Uber to the Portland Jetport for $8-12.

Mermaid Transportation

Offers one-way trips for students for $49.00 to/from the Portland Jetport for Thanksgiving and Winter Break.  Click here to make your reservation.  Unscheduled one-way trips to/from the Jetport are also available for $79.

National Cab Maine

Offers $65 one-way trips for Bates affiliates to/from the Portland Jetport.  (207) 207-766-6669


Bates College offers all members of the community the opportunity to sign up for Zipcar, a car sharing service with locations throughout the world, and two cars on campus.  Membership with Zipcar is open to anyone 18 or older, and your membership allows you to sign out the cars for $8.50 per hour, or $69 per day – gas and insurance included.  For more information on the program, or to sign up go to:


Traveling by train? Amtrak offers a College 6Tix program. For $86, you will receive six one-way trips on the Amtrak Downeaster. That represents a 50% savings! Trains depart from Brunswick, Freeport and Portland and continue onto Boston North Station. For more information or to purchase the pass, visit