Meal Plan Information

The meal plan at Bates is designed to support and enhance the residential experience which is the hallmark of a Bates College education. All students residing on campus are required to be on the meal plan and are automatically enrolled. Students not residing on campus have the option to purchasing the meal plan.

The meal plan includes  all meals served in Commons while classes and exams are in session, as well as meals served during college recesses. Students enjoy unlimited access to Commons during posted hours of operation. Vegan and gluten-free options are available at all times and  Adventures in Dining events are featured monthly.

The meal plan does not include meals that are served during college breaks. Additionally, dining may not be open for the entirety of all break periods. Meals available over breaks are provided to students at a reduced rate, which may be charged to a student account, paid for via credit/debit, or students may use guest passes; five of which are loaded onto their ID at the start of each semester.

Following is the 2023-2024 recess and break meal schedule. Note that those meals in red are NOT included in the board plan.  If you have any questions, or need additional assistance, please contact John Lajoie, Associate Director of Dining, at jlajoie@bates.edu

FALL RECESS 2023 

Wednesday, October 18 through Sunday, October 22

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

NOVEMBER BREAK 2023

Friday, November 17

  • Dinner – last board plan meal

Saturday, November 18 through Tuesday, November 21

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

Wednesday, November 22

  • Brunch

Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24

  • Commons Closed

Saturday, November 25

  • Brunch 
  • Dinner

Sunday, November 26

  • Brunch 
  • Dinner – first board plan meal

WINTER BREAK 2023-2024

Monday, December 18

  • Dinner – last board plan meal

Tuesday, December 19

  • Brunch

Wednesday, December 20 through Monday, January 1

  • Commons Closed

Tuesday, January 2 through Monday, January 8

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

Tuesday, January 9

  • Brunch
  • Dinner – first meal in plan

FEBRUARY BREAK 2024

Friday, February 16

  • Dinner – last meal in plan

Saturday, February 17 through Saturday, February 24

  • Brunch 
  • Dinner

Sunday, February 25

  • Brunch
  • Dinner – first meal in plan

SPRING RECESS 2024

Wednesday, March 20 through Sunday, March 24

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

APRIL RECESS 2023

Monday, April 22

  • Dinner – Last board plan meal available to those not enrolled in a Short Term course, or on campus for post season athletic competition.

Tuesday, April 23 through Saturday, April 27

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

LAST ACADEMIC MEAL IN PLAN FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Thursday, May 23

  • Lunch