Dining Information

Important Summer ’21 Information!

Over the course of this summer, Commons will gradually transition back to its pre-COVID configuration, following Maine CDC and Bates College guidelines. Beginning with May 28th, we will no longer be providing grab and go meals as seating will be available in Commons. June 1st through the 5th we will be moving from paper to reusable service ware. 

Our normal food removal policy will be in effect beginning May 28th. Diners may eat as much as they’d like while in Commons, but the packing out of meals or bulk snacks is prohibited. If you are enjoying a treat on the way out that’s fine, but the removal of meals, bulk food or any Commons china, glasses or silverware is prohibited.

If you have a conflict at the meal times provided or have a special dietary need, please reach out to Kelly Perreault at kperrea2@bates.edu or 207-786-6299.

Meal Hours:

June 1 – July 7, 2021*

  • Breakfast 6:30 am – 7:30 am
  • Lunch 10:30 am – 12:45 pm
  • Dinner 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • *June 25th: For dinner we will be cooking a BBQ next to Kalperis Hall from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • *July 4th: Brunch 10:30 am – 12:45 pm,  Dinner 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

July 8 – August 3, 2021

  • Breakfast
    • Summer Students 6:30 am – 7:30 am
    • Bates Dance Festival 7:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Lunch
    • Summer Students 11:00 am – 12:45 pm
    • Bates Dance Festival 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Dinner
    • Summer Students 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Bates Dance Festival 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

August 3 – 14, 2021

  • Breakfast 6:30 am – 7:30 am
  • Lunch 11:00 am – 12:45 pm
  • Dinner 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
How to be a Responsible Bobcat: Commons Etiquette
  • Face coverings are required whenever you are not seated, including when you enter the dining room, when you are in the servery or when using the restroom.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering or leaving the dining room and before and after serving yourself in the servery. Hand sanitizers have been strategically located to facilitate this.
  • Maintain physical distance whenever possible.
  • No re-useable containers are permitted in dining facilities.
  • Most importantly, please be patient, kind and understanding. We are all in this together.