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. Wi-Fi and Ethernet are in each room. Cable TV is available in student lounges.
All beds are extra long twins, measuring 34 x 80 x 5 inches. The lowest height of a bed is 11 inches. Some beds on campus may be lofted by putting in a request to facilities after you move in. Please consult Bates Environmental Health & Safety’s website for safety recommendations.
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.
Microwaves, refrigerators, and other appliances
To conserve energy, microwaves are only allowed as part of a refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination unit, in which only one appliance can be run at a time. One unit is allowed per room, so you should coordinate this with your roommate(s). In no case may a refrigerator exceed 3.0 cu. ft or operate at more than 350 kWh.
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 support@
For renting a fridge only unit, we suggest ReFridge.
For more information on confiscation and fines for these and other appliances, please contact Bates Environmental Health & Safety.
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. Students pay for laundry through MacGray 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).
You can purchase or reload your card in $5 increments with cash or card at MacGray machines located across campus. You can also add value online on the MacGray website, then enter the 6-digit code you are given to reload at a machine on campus. MacGray machines are located in the following locations:
- 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.
*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.
[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:
[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.