Room and Services Information

In Room Furniture & Services

Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, desk chair, bureau, closet or armoire, wastebasket, and recycling bin. Wi-Fi and ethernet are in each room. Cable TV is available in student lounges.

All beds are extra long twins, measuring 34 x 80 x 5 inches. The lowest height of a bed is 11 inches. Some beds on campus may be lofted by putting in a request to facilities after you move in. Please consult Bates Environmental Health & Safety’s website for safety recommendations

All furniture must stay in its assigned student room. If a student has a diagnosed disability and needs an accommodation, they should contact the Office of Accessible Education.

Microwaves, refrigerators, and other appliances

To conserve energy, microwaves are only allowed as part of a refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination unit, in which only one appliance can be run at a time. One unit is allowed per room, so you should coordinate this with your roommate(s). In no case may a refrigerator exceed 3.0 cu. ft or operate at more than 350 kWh.

For Microwave/Fridge unit rentals and deliverers, one option we suggest is New England Student Services (School code: 2121). For renting a fridge only unit, we suggest ReFridge. 

For more information on confiscation and fines for these and other appliances, please contact Bates Environmental Health & Safety.

Linens and Laundry

Laundry facilities are located in each building. Students pay for laundry through MacGray cards, which are available in six locations on campus. The initial cost for this is $5 ($2 for the card and $3 credit toward machine use).

You can purchase or reload your card in $5 increments with cash or card at MacGray machines located across campus. You can also add value online on the MacGray website, then enter the 6-digit code you are given to reload at a machine on campus. MacGray machines are located in the following locations:

  • Commons
  • Ladd Library
  • Pettengill Hall
  • Hacker House
  • Chu Hall (code only, no cash or credit)
  • Kalperis Hall (code only, no cash or credit)


While Bates does not contract with any specific laundry service, there are several available who will wash, fold, pick up and deliver to campus:

Suggested Items to Bring

  • sheets (extra-long twin)
  • towels
  • blankets/comforters
  • pillow
  • computer (Mac or PC)
  • flash drive
  • extension cord (or power strip)
  • ethernet cable (for desktops)
  • desk lamp
  • camera
  • flashlight with batteries
  • alarm clock
  • calendar/day planner
  • address book
  • sleeping bag
  • TV*
  • fan
  • scissors, paper clips
  • pencil sharpener, pens, papers
  • toiletries
  • health aids (aspirin, cough medicine, Band-Aids)
  • shower caddy
  • laundry detergent
  • hangers
  • athletic equipment
  • sewing kits
  • toolkits
  • storage crates
  • mini fridge
  • silverware and dishes
  • dishwashing liquid
  • can opener
  • rugs
  • plants
  • pictures of family and friends
  • decorations

*Cable isn’t available in student rooms, but is available in student lounges.



If someone is sending you packages or mail, be sure to inform them of the proper format for sending mail to you. The proper format is as follows.

Student Name
[Box Number] Bates College
Lewiston, Maine 04240

In the event that someone requires a street address to mail a package or overnight letter to you, (Federal Express and UPS usually require a street address) the mailing address is:

Student Name
[Box Number] Bates College
65 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine 04240

When the package reaches Bates and is processed, you will receive a Bates College email (emails from carriers like UPS and FEDEx are not an indication your package is ready for pick up). You must have your Bates ID to pick up items at Post & Print. Your box number can be found in “Mailboxes” under Student Life on Garnet Gateway. Please check the Post & Print website for more mailing information and hours.