Directions, Accommodations, and Recommendations

Bates is located in Lewiston, the second-largest city (pop. 36,000) in Maine. It’s on the Androscoggin River, about 40 miles north of Portland and two hours north of Boston. Lewiston and its twin city, Auburn, are former mill towns with French Canadian roots, a vibrant Somali community and an entrepreneurial spirit. We look forward to introducing you to both Bates and our surrounding community!

Your Bates College visit will begin in Chase Hall, 56 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240.

Because of construction around our new science facility on Campus Avenue, we recommend that you allow a few extra minutes to find parking if you are driving. ​​​​​​​Street parking should be available around Chase Hall on Campus Avenue and the surrounding streets; additional parking lots can be found here. Please be mindful of posted parking signs.

Several airlines serve the Portland International Jetport (45 minutes from campus), and Amtrak’s Downeaster links Boston and Portland.

Ground transportation from the Portland is available via taxi, rental car, private van/car or bus.

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Area Accommodations

There are a number of area accommodations available in the Lewiston-Auburn area and beyond!


Lewiston-Auburn boasts many dining options, including cafes, restaurants, and fine dining. There are lots of things to do and see in the Lewiston-Auburn area – visit Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, stop by Museum L-A, or check out the Bates events calendar to see what’s happening on campus! Bates is also close to the Freeport shopping outlets, the Lost Valley Ski Area and Black Mountain Ski Resort, and the Maine Mall in Portland.