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.

Information about Dining in Commons Meeting Rooms and Catering

Bates community groups who book space in meeting rooms in Commons (201, 221/222, 226, 225) may take advantage of the through the line catering option. This option allows meeting participants to make meal selections in Commons and return to their reserved space to eat. Please remember that Commons is now mask-optional unless you are unvaccinated or have a vaccine/booster exemption. In this case, you must remain masked.

Groups interested in the through the line option must book space in Commons through EMS and receive approval from Bobcat Catering at  Please be sure to include an account number and number of individuals attending when you reach out to Bobcat Catering. 

Information about how faculty and staff can order catering and to go meals for college sponsored meeting and events can be found here. If you have any questions please reach out to Please note that catering is only operating on a limited basis with events being approved  case by case.

Students living off campus who are not on the board plan and would like information about accessing meals in Commons should contact Jenny Graves, Dining, Conferences and Campus Events Business Manager at 207-786-8281 or

Adventures in Dining!

Be sure to check out this month’s Adventures in Dining! 

  • We are celebrating Earth Day on May 18 on the Library Quad at dinner. Join us for local food, live music and sustainability information tables! It is open to students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. You won’t want to miss it!