New Students Entering Fall 2013


  • Parking on campus is by PERMIT ONLY at all times including nights and weekends. Permits are granted through a lottery process, conducted by the Bates College Student Government. That includes all campus parking lots, even the “open” lots located at Olin and Bardwell Street. Overnight parking is prohibited on Bardwell Street and in the Olin lot. The fine for parking overnight (midnight to 7:00 am) is $100.00.
  • Parking permits will cost $100.00 for the entire year. When the permit is picked up, it will be billed to the student’s account. Students not on campus (i.e. study elsewhere programs or leave of absence) second semester may return their decal to the Security Office for a partial refund. They may NOT sell or give their permit to another person.
  • Students living off campus ARE required to have a parking permit in order to park on campus. Off campus students are NOT considered visitors to the campus. Commuter Parking Permits are available for all students who live off campus to park on campus; however, the permit will be restricted to no overnight parking. If you live off campus, you DO NOT have to register for the lottery to receive the Commuter Parking Permit. However, you can choose to register for the lottery and receive an unrestricted parking permit.
  • Students who are not afforded parking permits by consequence of regular lottery or appeals lottery should plan to make other accommodations for their vehicle. A list of parking alternatives is available from Security. Vehicles will not be allowed to park on campus without a permit.
  • Students who are granted a permit may affix the permit to a vehicle registered in their name or in the name of their parent or guardian. Students afforded a permit in the lottery may not affix their permit to another student’s vehicle.
  • Students not on campus for one semester of the school year (i.e. study elsewhere programs or leave of absence) still need to apply for the lottery. If they do not receive a permit, they may contact Student Government representatives to be placed on a waiting list for a permit.
  • The City of Lewiston has a parking ban in place from December 1st through April 15th. Street parking is not permitted overnight during this period.

ID Cards

  • Students must present a government issued photo ID (example are : passport, state issued id or drivers license) to obtain a BatesCard.
  • Student ID Cards (BatesCard) are used to access all student residences, athletic facilities and some academic buildings. Access to student’s home dorm is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Access to all other student residences is 7:00 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Other access hours vary during the semester. The BatesCard is also used for library and dining privileges.
  • The replacement fee for a BatesCard is $25.00.

Certified Driver Program

  • In order to operate a Bates College owned owned or leased vehicle, students, faculty and staff under the age of 25 years must be certified to do so. To become a certified driver, incoming students must possess and display a valid driver’s license from one of the fifty states. Students must also provide an up to date copy of their motor vehicle driving record which they can obtain from their home state department of motor vehicle and successful completion of a safe driving class conducted by Security is required.

For more information refer to the Bates Motor Vehicle Policy.