Room and Services Information

In-Room Furniture & Services

Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, desk chair, bureau, closet or armoire, wastebasket, and recycling bin. All beds are extra long twins, measuring 34 x 80 x 5 inches. All furniture must stay in its assigned student room.

Some beds on campus may be raised,  lofted, or bunked.  The style of bed differs from building to building. Students should consult with the Facility Services website regarding furniture style and submitting a request for changing bed height. Please request bed changes after move-in via the Facility Services work order system. The lowest height of a bed is 11 inches.

Students interested in having a wider bed should contact  Cozy Cat Rentals to rent a converter system and mattress.  All furniture must stay in its assigned student room. If a student has a diagnosed disability and needs an accommodation, they should contact the Office of Accessible Education. Please consult Bates Environmental Health & Safety’s website for safety recommendations

Wi-Fi and Ethernet are in each room. Cable TV is available in student lounges.

Microwaves, refrigerators, and other appliances

To conserve energy, student rooms are only allowed one appliance per room, so you should coordinate with your roommate(s). This means each room is allowed either a microwave, a fridge, or a refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination unit, in which only one appliance can be run at a time. In no case may a refrigerator exceed 3.0 cu. ft or operate at more than 350 kWh. Microwaves and fridges should be plugged directly into the wall, not a power strip.

For Microwave/Fridge unit rentals and deliverers, one option we suggest is New England Student Services (School code: 2121). Please see their website or mailer for more information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 401-405-0920 or

For more information on confiscation and fines for these and other appliances, please contact Bates Environmental Health & Safety.


Kitchens are located in commons areas, come equipped with an oven, microwave, and fridge, and are available for student use in the following buildings:

  • 280 College St.
  • Chu Hall
  • Frye Street Union
  • John Bertram Hall
  • Kalperis Hall
  • Page Hall
  • Parker Hall
  • Rand Hall
  • Smith Hall
  • Wentworth Adams Hall

Students are required to clean up after themselves in these areas.


During the school year, there are some storage facilities on campus for student use. On-campus storage is on a “first come, first served” basis and availability are limited. Please see the Facility Services website for more specifics on storage for the school year. There is no storage available on campus during the summer.

Students and families may contract with Dorm Room Movers for a full-service pick up, storage, and drop off in the fall. They send you boxes and tape. You pack – that’s it. Their movers will pick up your items, store them while you’re away, and deliver everything back to you when you return! Dorm Room Movers can also ship boxes home or wherever you need them. No stress because:

  • They send you boxes and tape to pack.
  • Picked-up and delivered by professional movers.
  • $100 insurance per box or unboxed item.
  • Climate-protected storage and 24/7 security.
  • BBB A+ accredited.

Students may also see the Facility Services website for a list of local storage facilities.

Linens and Laundry

Laundry facilities are located in each building. The use of pre-measured laundry detergent pods is highly recommended in these machines. Students pay for laundry through CSC cards, which are available in six locations on campus. The initial cost for this is $5 ($2 for the card and $3 credit toward machine use). For more information on washers and dryers, please see the Facility Services website.

You can purchase or reload your card in $5 increments with cash or card at CSC machines located across campus. You can also add value online on the CSC website, then enter the 6-digit code you are given to reload at a machine on campus. CSC machines are located in the following locations:

  • Commons
  • Ladd Library
  • Pettengill Hall
  • Hacker House
  • Chu Hall (code only, no cash or credit)
  • Kalperis Hall (code only, no cash or credit)

While Bates does not contract with any specific laundry service, there are several available who will wash, fold, pick up and deliver to campus:

Suggested Items to Bring

You know yourself and your lifestyle best. Below is a list to help you develop your packing list for the semester.

  • clothing for varying temperatures
  • sheets (extra-long twin)
  • towels
  • blankets/comforters
  • pillow
  • computer (Mac or PC)
  • flash drive
  • extension cord (or power strip)
  • ethernet cable (for desktops)
  • desk lamp
  • camera
  • flashlight with batteries
  • alarm clock
  • calendar/day planner
  • address book
  • sleeping bag
  • TV*
  • DVD or other media player**
  • scissors, paper clips
  • pencil sharpener, pens, papers
  • toiletries
  • health aids (aspirin, cough medicine, Band-Aids)
  • shower caddy
  • laundry detergent
  • hangers
  • athletic equipment
  • sewing kits/toolkits
  • storage crates
  • mini fridge
  • silverware and dishes
  • dishwashing liquid
  • can opener
  • rugs
  • plants
  • pictures of family and friends
  • decorations
  • fan

*Cable isn’t available in student rooms but is available in student lounges.

**Follow Connection Instructions for gaming consoles, Apple TVs, Smart Devices, etc.

Items to Leave Behind 

Safety is a priority. To ensure that local, state and federal fire safety rules, as well as Bates policies, are being followed, the Bates Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department, along with the local Fire Department as well as private contractors periodically inspect student rooms.

During these inspections, any items that violate Bates policy that are found will be addressed as described, by the EHS Department and the responsible student will be fined and referred for follow up via Student Affairs.

For a non-exhaustive list of items please see Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) website.


If someone is sending you packages or mail, be sure to inform them of the proper format for sending mail to you. The proper format is as follows.

Student Name
[Box Number] Bates College
Lewiston, Maine 04240

In the event that someone requires a street address to mail a package or overnight letter to you, (Federal Express and UPS usually require a street address) the mailing address is:

Student Name
[Box Number] Bates College
65 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine 04240

When the package reaches Bates and is processed, you will receive a Bates College email (emails from carriers like UPS and FedEx are not an indication your package is ready for pick up). You must have your Bates ID to pick up items at Post & Print. Your box number can be found in “Mailboxes” under Student Life on Garnet Gateway. If you are a first-year student, your mailbox information will be available with your housing information in early August. Please check the Post & Print website for more mailing information and hours.