First Year Housing Tour

There are three types of First Year Centers (FYCs). On your housing application, you will be asked to rank your preferences.  Click the links below to access detailed descriptions of each house and their floor plans (use your Bates username and password to log in).

Not all students can be placed in their first choice residence due to space limitations. We will try to arrange the best possible matches for each student, but we ask you to keep an open mind and remember that flexibility and respect are two very important components of a successful rooming.

Healthy Living

As a substance-free community, 30 first-year students live in Clason House, a large wood framed building on College Street surrounded by other Bates Houses. Develop a close, vibrant community without the presence of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.


Clason House

Clason is designated as the First Year Healthy Living residence. Clason is a vibrant, tight-knit community of 30 students and 2 Junior Advisors. 

First-Year Only Houses

Two cozy first-year houses, Milliken House and Frye House,  create a great sense of community for 30 first-year students each. Live only with other first-year students and experience college together.

Frye House

Frye House is an all First Year house featuring a wonderful lounge space for community-building and plenty of green space for maximizing the warmer weather.

Milliken House

Milliken is an all-First Year residence housing 30 students. To the right of the all upper-class Whittier House, Milliken has a great lounge space for getting to know your fellow residents.

Mixed Class Year Residence Halls

Most first-years live in centers located in larger residence halls with multiple class years. Interact with a cross-section of other class years and learn from the experiences of older peers. First-year centers are typically located on floors where first-years are the majority or are clustered together.

Gillespie Hall

Gillespie Hall is a mixed-year residence hall, with the 2nd floor being comprised of four First Year Centers. With a full kitchen and beautiful lounge and study spaces, Gillespie Hall is a great place to gather and meet new with friends.

Chu and Kalperis Halls

Bates’ newest residential offerings, Chu Hall and Kalperis Hall house both First Year and upper-class students. Both buildings boast fully-appointed kitchens, quiet study spaces, and large lounge spaces.

Page Hall

Page Hall is an all-class year residence hall with 7 First Year Centers. Conveniently located by the Puddle, students can enjoy the expansive green space and two lounges in the building.


Parker Hall

Parker is a centrally-located all-class residence hall, sitting between Alumni walk and the Quad. Enjoy the view from the porch or the large lounge. Parker contains 7 First Year centers.

Wentworth Adams Hall

Wentworth Adams Hall

Adams is an all-class year residence hall overlooking the Puddle. It boasts great gathering spaces, such as newly remodeled lounge and study areas, as well as outdoor space to take advantage of the view.

Rand Hall

With both first-years and upper-class students totaling 112, Rand blends the environment of a house with the amenities of a large residence hall.