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.


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

  • Conducting research supervised by a Bates faculty member
  • Working for an administrative office of the College
  • Participating in a Purposeful Work Internship program that is sponsored, funded,
    and approved by the Bates Center for Purposeful Work
  • Participating in a local internship that is 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

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 a graduating senior, please see the “Summer housing for newly graduated students” section.  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

Read the 2022 Summer Regulations for the details on billing, applying,  expectations, and summer resources on campus

Room and Board
All students will be housed in Adams Hall. Meal plans through Commons are optional but highly encouraged. There is one kitchen that supports the entire building. Room and board charges will appear on student bills. 

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.

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.

The Bobcat Express will run at the following times throughout the Summer for students residing on campus for the summer.

  • Monday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pickup will be at the usual Chase Hall stop. If the stop is unavailable, we will be across the street at Chu Hall.

Please see the Bobcat Express webpage for more information about transportation during the summer.

Bates Health Services (BHS)
While the Bates Health Services office will be closed during the summer, the partnership between CMMC and BHS is an essential connection to high-quality medical care for students.

Students living on campus can access medical care at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency at 76 High Street in Lewiston. Appointments can be made by calling 207-795-2800. Appointments can be made for ongoing medical needs or acute care.

Dr. Picard, Dr. Walls, Dr. Nadkarni, Dr. Collins, Dr. Decker, and Connor Farago (RN) will be at CMMC for continuity of care. Your insurance will be billed for medical care visits.

Outside of business hours, students can access medical care at the CMMC Emergency Department at 300 Main Street in Lewiston, Maine Urgent Care at 685 Sabattus Street in Lewiston, or CMMC Urgent Care at 593 Center Street in Auburn.

For non-urgent medical questions or needs, all students can email Bates Health Services at The inbox will be monitored periodically throughout the summer.

Meal Plans & Commons

Room and Board Choices
While meal plans are optional, they are highly encouraged for students remaining on-campus for the summer. If you are planning to cook your own meals, you should plan on a significant wait time in the kitchen of Adams between 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm.

With this in mind- summer students have also been given access to JB (John Bertram)  and FSU (Frye Street Union) between the hours of 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm to utilize those kitchens as well. We hope these added kitchens will ease wait time for cooking needs.

Cleaning supplies (sponges, dish towels, a dish rack etc.) will be dropped off in Adams shortly. Please be proactive and reactive with kitchen upkeep and cleanliness. It is your responsibility to clean up after yourself, throw away old food from the fridge and overall maintain an enjoyable and clean living space for yourself and others in the building.

Room and Board Plan Options:

Housing Only Option:

  • Housing Only                               $60.00 per week
  • *Optional Meal Swipes Purchase   $10.00 per meal

Full Board Plan Options:

  • Housing w/ 19 Meals               $212.00 per week
  • Housing w/ 14 Meals               $172.00 per week
  • Housing w/ 10 Meals               $140.00 per week

All meal plan options 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.

*Students who elect a housing-only plan can purchase meal swipes to be loaded onto their student I.D. card. They can be purchased and refilled at any time during the summer. Any unused meal swipes will be forfeited at the conclusion of the summer. For more information, or to purchase meal swipes please contact Jenny Graves (contact information above).

Commons 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 & Technology Manager for Dining, Conferences & Campus Events, at 207-786-8281 or via email 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
Dining Services will provide meal hours and availability, which are subject to the needs of the summer programs on campus. Dining Services is closed Monday, May 30- Saturday, June 18. Please refer to for up-to-date hours of operation and menu offerings.


Summer Housing Process Dates

2022  Dates Information
Monday, April 25 HouseCat application opens
Monday, May 2 Initial HouseCat application closes; students can apply after this time, but will not be in the first wave of housing assignments. After this time assignments will be sent as needed. 
Mid-May Summer housing assignments sent out
Thursday, May 26- 

Tuesday, June 1

Students have access to their Short Term Housing 
Tuesday, May 31- Wednesday, June 1 Students transition to Summer Housing
Wednesday, June 2 Any items remaining outside of students’ summer rooms will be disposed of and charges may be incurred. 

Lock changes will begin

Monday, May 30-

Saturday, June 18

Commons will be closed and meals will not be available. No students will be charged for meal plans during this time.
Mid-July SFS bills for July housing and meals
Monday, August 1 Payment for July housing and meals due
Mid-August SFS bills for August housing and meals
Wednesday, August 17- 

Friday, August 19 

Students transition to fall  housing
Friday, August 19 Any students not on-campus for the Fall 2022 must vacate campus
Saturday, August 20 Any items remaining outside of students’ fall rooms will be disposed of and charges may be incurred. 

Lock changes will begin

Thursday, September 1 Payment for July housing and meals due
Sunday, September 4 Fall board plan begins with dinner
Mid-September SFS bills for August housing and meals
Saturday, October 1 Payment for August housing and meals due


Summer Regulations

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