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

If someone is sending you packages or mail, be sure to inform them of the proper format for sending mail to you. The proper format is as follows.

Student Name
[Box Number] Bates College
Lewiston, Maine 04240

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

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

When the package reaches Bates and is processed, you will receive a Bates College email (emails from carriers like UPS and FEDEx are not an indication your package is ready for pick up). You must have your Bates ID to pick up items at Post & Print. Your box number can be found in “Mailboxes” under Student Life on Garnet Gateway.

Please check the Post & Print website for more mailing information and hours.

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