Student Dining

Bates College Dining, Conferences and Campus Events is dedicated to supporting the mission of the institution by creating a co-curricular space where learning and community come together. We believe that through the sharing of food – which is locally sourced, skillfully prepared and thoughtfully served – we can create an environment that fosters collaboration, community engagement and individual growth. We are committed to building a culture which promotes the success of our students, faculty, staff and alumni and being responsible stewards of the wider world.

Important Information for Students Living on Campus this Summer 

If you are planning on living on campus this summer, please checkout the following link for important information about room and board.

How to be a Responsible Bobcat: Commons Etiquette

You’re part of a large community now. Learning to navigate Commons makes the experience better for everyone

Get Ready To Grab & Growl Bobcats!!

Get prepared – check the menu ahead of time and remember your ID.

Reduce waste. 

  • Thoughtfully select your meal. 
  • Hold your plate close to pans to avoid dropping food on counters. 
  • Try a small amount of unfamiliar dishes, and come back for seconds if you like them. 

Always get a clean plate when coming back for seconds.

Be conscious of others’ allergies. Don’t share serving utensils between foods and respect designated equipment.


Get to know the Commons staff! 

Respect the environment and the dish crew by sorting liquids, silver, trash and compost at the tray window. A friendly “Thank You” on your way out means a lot to the team.

Offer helpful feedback – leave a napkin, send a virtual napkin or communicate with the DCCE Food Advisory Committee.

Welcome others to your table. You never know who you might meet.

Leave the black mugs in Commons! Bring your own personal reusable container instead. Taking black mugs out of Commons may be convenient for you but it creates problems for Commons staff and shortages for fellow diners.

Be Respectful   *   Be Responsible  *   Be Safe

Adventures in Dining

Check out DCCE’s “Adventures in Dining” for the month of April! You won’t want to miss them!

On April 3 join us for Scholar Athlete Day! Take time to celebrate those bobcats who excel both on the field and in the classroom. View the slideshow of our athletes during dinner while you treat yourself to a special “garnet” velvet cupcake!

On April 10, by special request, DCCE is serving up a hearty Japanese Curry Beef at dinner. It may not be all that warm yet outside but this dish will warm you up from the inside!
Finals got you feeling stressed, obsessed, and depressed? Shake it off and head to Commons between 9:30-11:00 pm on April 18 where you can nourish to flourish with late night breakfast and snacks. Best of luck from your biggest fans in DCCE!! #yougotthis