Off-Campus Living

Bates is a residential college; we encourage and guarantee campus housing for 4 years of our students’ education. Bates does allow a percentage of senior students to live off campus each year.

You must apply for and participate in the Off Campus Lottery before you can receive permission to live off campus. You should not sign a lease until you receive this permission. The maximum number of students permitted to live off campus each year is 125.

All students residing off-campus must maintain a current local address and phone number with the Office of the Dean of Students. This is as much for security concerns as it is to maintain lines of communication for professors and the other offices of the college. Escort service to off-campus apartments is not available except in exceptional circumstances. Please carefully read through and understand all additional policies for Off-Campus Living.



  • Off-campus applications and contracts for the next academic year will be posted in January.