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
- 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.
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.
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:
- LA Artwalk: last Friday of every month from May-September
- Bates Dance Festival
- Great Falls Balloon Festival
- Liberty Fest
- Moxie Festival (in nearby Lisbon)
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with special dietary needs, or who have questions about the menu should contact Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining at email@example.com 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 https://www.bates.edu/dining/ for up-to-date hours of operation and menu offerings.
Summer Housing Process Dates
|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 June housing and meals|
|Monday, August 1||Payment for June housing and meals due|
|Mid-August||SFS bills for July 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|
Specifics of payment, rules, and expectations can be found in the Summer Regulations