Off Campus Living

The 2019-2020 Off-Campus Lottery Applications closed on Friday, February 1st  at 4:00 p.m. For information for 2020-2021 please check back in late fall 2019.

Bates is a residential college; we encourage and guarantee campus housing for all four years of our students’ education. Bates does permit a number of senior students to live off-campus each year.

Information for Off-Campus Application

Who is eligible to live off campus?
Only rising seniors may apply for and participate in the off-campus lottery. The maximum number of students permitted to live off-campus each year is 125. If you are successful in the lottery, you will receive permission to live off-campus and forgo your eligibility to be guaranteed on campus housing.

When should I sign a lease?
You should not sign a lease until you receive this permission via the Off-Campus Lottery in February of your junior year. Students are not guaranteed the ability to live off-campus.

Can I live off-campus and eat in Commons?
On the off-campus application, you will identify if you would like to remain on or be taken off the board meal plan at commons. The majority of off-campus students remain on the meal plan. If you are off the meal plan, you will pay for individual entries into Commons. Please see meal rebate information below for those students who select to be taken off the meal plan.

What is the housing rebate?
The rebate for the 2019-2020 academic year is  $4,475 ($2,237.50 per semester) for housing and  $4,475 ($2,237.50 per semester) for meals.  Your rebate will show as a credit on your bill each semester. If you have specific questions, please contact Student Financial Services. When making financial plans to live off-campus, please be sure to reference only Bates-published information. The annual rebate is calculated individually each year, and references to this number on non-Bates websites are historically inaccurate.

If I apply, am I guaranteed to be able to live off-campus?
No. If more than 125 rising seniors apply there is a lottery for the 125 spaces. After results, there will be a wait list for when students’ plans change.

Off-Campus Process Dates

Monday, December 3, 2018 Off- Campus Lottery Applications open
Friday, February 1, 2019 Information Session 5:30-6:30pm in Pettengill G52
Friday, February 1, 2019 Off-Campus Lottery applications due at 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Off-Campus Lottery results sent out via email; wait list begins for students not granted permission
Monday, February 11th,  2019 Students granted permission must return agreement and potential address information
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 Final off-campus addresses are due


Information for Off-Campus Students

Info Session
Every year, Student Affairs hosts an information session on Off-Campus housing and how it relates to Bates’ community standards. Please join us on Wednesday, January 30 from 5:00-6:00pm in Pettigrew Hall, room 301.

Off-Campus Policies
Please carefully read through and understand  the  Off-Campus Contract 2019-2020

All students residing off-campus must maintain a current local address and phone number with Student Affairs. This is as much for security concerns as it is to maintain lines of communication for the college.

Transportation services to off-campus apartments are not available except in extenuating circumstances.

Meal Plan
If you are an off-campus student and wish to be removed from the Board Plan, it must be done through the Office of Residence Life and Health Education no later than 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday of classes of the semester or a late fee will be assessed.

If you are an off-campus student and choose to be removed from the Board Plan after the first Friday and before the second Friday of classes, at 4:30 p.m., you will be assessed a fee of $25.00 per day. This fee applies whether or not you actually ate in Commons for those days.

You cannot be removed from the Board Plan after the second Friday of classes after 4:30pm. If you wish to add the Board Plan, you may do so at any time and will be assessed the rate for the entire semester.

Parking Permits
As per Bates College parking policy, you must register your vehicle with Bates College Security regardless of whether or not you have received a parking permit. In many instances, having this information on file can assist us in resolving issues quickly without unnecessarily involving city or college resources. Please see the Parking Regulations on the Bates Security website for additional parking information


Additional Resources for Students Living Off-Campus

Knowing your Tenant Rights
It is important to read your lease carefully before signing. Your landlord is solely responsible for providing you with a safe residence, including compliance with life safety code requirements and other regulations. Bates has no responsibility for the condition or safety of your dwelling. You should also become familiar with your rights as tenants. Please review the Renters’ Rights provided by the State of Maine.

City of Lewiston Ordinances
For students living in the greater Lewiston community, it is important to be aware of city noise ordinances