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!

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.

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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.

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