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 Academic Year Meal Plan Information 

The meal plan for upper class students starts with dinner Monday, September 4. Students arriving early may purchase meals at the door. The final date to make changes to your meal plan is Friday, September 8 at noon.

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

Join DCCE this month for some fun and exciting Adventures!

The weather may be chilly, but its warm in Commons. On February 7, we will celebrate Winter Carnival – Ice Age 2. Chill out with these cool desserts at the bakery during dinner: Glacial Jello, Glacier Chips, Acorn Sugar Cookies, Crispy Rice Snowflakes  and Vegan Coconut Snowballs.

On February 9 take a break from studying and join us for Late Night Breakfast! Enjoy breakfast favorites such as Scrambled Eggs, Mediterranean Tofu Scramble, Whole Grain French Toast Sticks, Oval Hash Brown Patties, Cheesy Garlic Bread, Flourless Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Whoopie Pies! You won’t want to miss it!

Love is in the air on February 14 for our Valentine’s Day adventure! Enjoy molten chocolate lava cakes at the bakery. Memorialize that relationship with your favorite bobcat in our special Two of Hearts photo op and fill up the What I Love About Commons tree in CHEW Feeling February event!