What to Bring


Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, desk chair, bureau, closet, wastebasket, Wi-Fi and ethernet. All beds are extra long twins, measuring 34 x 80 x 5.

Microwaves, refrigerators, and freezers

To conserve energy, microwaves are only allowed as part of a refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination unit, in which only one appliance can be run at a time. One unit is allowed per room, so you should coordinate this with your roommate(s). In no case may a refrigerator exceed 3.0 cu. ft or operate at more than 350 kWh. For rentals and deliverers, one option we suggest is New England Student Services. (School code: 2121)

Linens and Laundry

Laundry facilities are located in each building. You’ll pay for laundry by loading up a MacGray card. The initial cost for this is $5 ($2 for the card and $3 credit toward machine use).  You can purchase or reload your card in $5 increments at MacGray machines located in Commons, Ladd Library, Pettengill Hall, and Hacker House. While Bates does not contract with any specific laundry service, there are several available who will wash, fold, pick up and deliver to campus.

Auburndale Cleaners www.auburndalecleaningservice.com (207) 782-9389Dorm Mom www.dormmom.com (877) 478-5332 email: info@dormmom.com Valetone Cleaners www.valetonecleaners.com (207) 784-9665 John’s Clean and Spin www.johnscleanandspin.com (207) 784-9096E & R Laundry Service www.eandrcleaners.com (800) 243-7789

Suggested items

  • sheets (extra-long twin)
  • towels
  • blankets/comforters
  • pillow
  • computer (Mac or PC)
  • flash drive
  • extension cord (or power strip)
  • ethernet cable (for desktops)
  • desk lamp
  • camera
  • flashlight with batteries
  • alarm clock
  • calendar/day planner
  • address book
  • sleeping bag
  • TV*
  • fan
  • scissors, paper clips
  • pencil sharpener, pens, papers
  • toiletries
  • health aids (aspirin, cough medicine, Band-Aids)
  • shower caddy
  • laundry detergent
  • hangers
  • athletic equipment
  • sewing kits
  • toolkits
  • storage crates
  • mini fridge
  • silverware and dishes
  • dishwashing liquid
  • can opener
  • rugs
  • plants
  • pictures of family and friends
  • decorations

*Cable isn’t available in student rooms, but is available in student lounges.

Shipping Instructions

To ship large packages via UPS, FedEx, USPS prior to your arrival (but not before August 8), please use the following address format: Student’s Name & Class Year Student’s Box # (Bates College) Lewiston, ME 04240

In the event that someone requires a street address to mail a package or overnight letter to you, (FedEx and UPS usually require a street address) the mailing address is:

Student Name
[Box Number] Bates College
65 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine 04240–6094

When the package reaches Bates you will receive a yellow notice in your mailbox. You must bring the yellow notice and your ID to the Package Center in order to pick up your package.

NOTE: please log on to the Garnet Gateway after August 8th to retrieve your mailbox number and personal mailing address.

For questions regarding your mail or package service at Bates, please call the Chase Hall Package Center at 207-786-6098.