Living On Campus During the Summer

As we have all experienced over the past weeks, few things are unaffected or unchanged by the current situation surrounding COVID-19 and subsequent responses aimed at controlling the pandemic. Please see the student COVID website for accurate information on summer housing.

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 Bates students employed 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 an internship located in Maine that is sponsored, funded or approved by the Bates Center for Purposeful Work
  •  Participating in community work funded by the Harward Center

Because rent is deducted from Bates payroll, students living in on-campus housing during the summer must be employed by Bates College, in a fellowship funded by an office of Bates College, or in an internship that has been vetted and approved by staff at the Bates Center for Purposeful Work.  NOTE: For students holding internships not funded by Bates, rent must be paid in advance.

Since we only have one residence hall for summer students, only current Bates students employed or sponsored by an on-campus office 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

All students will be housed in Adams Hall. 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.


Students can opt into a meal plan (information below) or cook in the residence hall kitchen. Please note that many students use the kitchen between 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm. Students generally have access to the OIE Kitchen in Chase Hall until 5pm Monday-Friday. All other kitchens on campus are used by outside groups. The Commons summer meal plans are a good option to avoid the lunch and dinner rush.

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. At the beginning of the summer, plan on taking part in the Bates Reunion with a parade, fireworks, and fun!

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

Meal Plans Available 

All packages are non-refundable. Individuals will not be reimbursed for uneaten meals and meal plans cannot be used in the Den. Meal plans must be paid in full, there is no payment plan, and payments are to be made directly to Dining Services.

  • 120 Meals $840.00
  • 85 Meals $595.00
  • 50 Meals $350.00

Please contact Jenny Graves, Business Manager, to purchase a meal plan or discuss a plan that would fit your needs. If you should have any issue with access, please also contact her at ext. 8281 or via e-mail at

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 


Students living in campus housing will be charged rent at a weekly rate. This will be done through the payroll office. The number of weeks you are living on campus for will be added calculated and divided through all pay periods.  Graduated seniors will need to pay their stay in advance. For more information, please review the Summer Housing Regulations 2019

Summer Housing Process Dates

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Summer Housing Applications open
Friday, May 8, 2020 Summer Housing Applications close at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, May 11, 2020  Summer Housing Selection times sent out by 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Summer Housing Room Selection

Selection Times Begin: 5:00 p.m.

Room Selection Closes: 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 30- Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Students approved for summer housing starting right after commencement weekend will stay housed in their Short Term housing for the first few days of summer.
Thursday, June 3- Sunday, June 7, 2020 Summer students will move from their Short Term housing to their summer housing in Adams.
Friday, August 14- Saturday, August 15, 2020 Summer students will move from their summer housing in Adams to their fall 2020 housing. Any student not on campus for fall 2020 can no longer reside on campus.

Summer Regulations

Please review the Summer Housing Regulations 2020 for specifics on billing, policies, payroll deductions, etc.