Directions & Accommodations
If you drive to campus, best parking options can be found in the Merrill lot behind the Merrill Gymnasium, in the visitor designated sections. To locate this lot, please refer to the Bates campus map.
Bates is located in Lewiston, the second-largest city (pop. 36,000) in Maine. It’s on the Androscoggin River, about 40 miles north of Portland and two hours north of Boston. Lewiston and its twin city, Auburn, are former mill towns with French Canadian roots, a vibrant Somali community and an entrepreneurial spirit. We look forward to introducing you to both Bates and our surrounding community!
Through Saturday, April 13, your Bates College visit will begin in Chase Hall, 56 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. After April 13, you visit will begin in Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240.
Because of construction around our new science facility on Campus Avenue, we recommend that you allow a few extra minutes to find parking if you are driving. Parking should be available in the Wood Street Parking Lot next to 145 Wood Street. Street parking should also be available on Campus Avenue and the surrounding streets; additional parking lots can be found here. Please be mindful of posted parking signs.
Indicates Visitor Parking
Bates is nestled in Maine, the second-safest state in the U.S.
- 45 minutes to Portland International Jetport
- Concord Coach bus line connecting Bates, Portland, and Boston points – downtown, South Station, Logan Airport
- PORTLAND – 45 minute drive to the city’s vibrant Old Port
- BOSTON – 2 hour 20 minute drive
- NEW YORK CITY – 6 hour 15 minute drive or 1 hour 10 minute flight from Portland to NYC
There are a number of area accommodations available in the Lewiston-Auburn area and beyond!
Lewiston-Auburn boasts many dining options, including cafes, restaurants, and fine dining. There are lots of things to do and see in the Lewiston-Auburn area – visit Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, stop by Museum L-A, or check out the Bates events calendar to see what’s happening on campus! Bates is also close to the Freeport shopping outlets, the Lost Valley Ski Area and the Black Mountain Ski Resort. The Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area is a popular site for hiking and beach-going.