Living On Campus During the Summer

Every summer, while most of the campus is used for conferences, camps, and events, one of the residence halls remains available to current Bates students to pursue paid and funded academic and career opportunities.

Planning in progress

We know that many students are trying to make plans for the summer. At the same time, there are many questions to summer planning in light of COVID-19. We have updated some information for planning purposes and will have more details available in May 2021.


On-campus housing is limited to current Bates students during the summer in the
following capacities:

  • Conducting research supervised by a Bates faculty member
  • Working for an administrative office of the College
  • Participating in a local internship that is sponsored, funded, and approved by the Bates Center for Purposeful Work
  • Participating in community work funded by the Harward Center
  • Unable to return to home country based on travel restriction or significant extenuating personal or family circumstances

Students must either pay room and board upfront (research grants, graduated students, approved internships not funded by Bates, etc.) or it will be deducted from Bates payroll.

Since we have limited space in the summer residence halls, only current Bates students with one of the above reasons are eligible. If you are not eligible for on-campus housing, there are many online sites that advertise apartment rentals and sublets. As our mission is to build and foster community on campus, Bates Housing does not keep a list of off-campus properties.

Summer Life

Building and Rooms
For summer 2021 only, all students will be housed in Chu and Kalperis Hall. All students will have their own room for quarantine and close-contact purposes.

Daily Life
Summer students have varying schedules, so daily life is more independent than during the school year. There is a summer Residence Coordinator, who helps manage issues in the building and plans events throughout the summer.

As on-campus kitchen spaces are not available to students remaining on-campus for the summer due to COVID-19, a meal plan is included and mandatory as part of summer room and board fees.

Bates and Lewiston-Auburn in the Summer
Maine is beautiful in the summer and so is Bates. Lay in a hammock on Alumni Walk or visit Dairy Joy for ice cream.

We also highly suggest keeping your door open, making new friends, and attending some of the great summer events going on in the LA area this summer:

There are also many events throughout the state of Maine listed on the Maine Fairs and Festivals website.

Meal Plans & Commons

Room and Board Choices
As on-campus kitchen spaces are not available to students remaining on-campus for the summer, a meal plan is included and mandatory as part of summer room and board fees. Meals will be provided for on-campus students from Commons. 

Room and Board Plan Options:

  • Housing w/ 19 Meals $150.00 per week
  • Housing w/ 14 Meals $125.00 per week
  • Housing w/ 10 Meals $105.00 per week

All packages are non-refundable and sold in week increments – Sunday through Saturday. Individuals will not be reimbursed for uneaten meals/ housing dates not used. All students choosing to purchase a summer meal plan are governed by the same dining regulations that are in effect during the academic year – specifically, no food is to be removed from Dining Services.

Access Issues
Access to Commons will be gained through the use of the student I.D. card. Should you have any issue with access, contact Jenny Graves, Business Manager for Dining, Conferences & Campus Events, at ext. 8281 or via e-mail at

Dietary Concerns
Students with special dietary needs, or who have questions about the menu should contact Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining at or 207-786-8355. 

Commons Summer Hours
Meal availability and hours are subject to the needs of the summer programs on campus.  Dining Services will provide Commons hours and availability: Commons Website 


We will have more information in early May 2021 regarding testing for summer 2021.

Summer Housing Process Dates

Monday, May 10, 2021 Summer Housing Applications open
Monday, May 17, 2021 The firstround of  the Summer Housing Application closes at 4:00 p.m., Application stays open through July.
Approx. Tuesday, May 18-

Friday, May 21, 2021

Summer Placements
Wednesday, May 26-

Friday, June 4

Students approved for summer housing starting right after commencement will stay housed in their winter housing for the first few days of summer.
Saturday, June 5-

Monday, June 7

Summer students will move from their winter  housing to their summer housing in Chu or Kalperis
Mid- August Summer students will move from their summer housing in Chu or Kalperis to their fall 2021 housing. Any student not on campus for fall 2021 can no longer reside on campus.


Summer Regulations

Specifics of payment, rules, and expectations can be found on the Summer Regulations