Reunion Essentials

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You’ve got questions and we have answers to what you need to know regarding Reunion.

+What’s included in the price?

Both All-Inclusive and Day Packages cover event fees, meals, open bar on Friday and Saturday, parade attire, on-campus transportation, and printed guides.

+Reunion Weekend Housing

On-Campus Housing

Various housing options are available for alumni attending Reunion. For those who prefer to stay on campus, Reunion classes will be housed together in dormitories to the extent possible. Register by Wednesday, April 1 for the best chance to be housed with classmates. When registering, you can request roommates and friends whom you would like to be housed near. We do our best to accommodate all requests.

Dorms are assigned in late May based on dorm capacity, the number of alumni returning from each class and accessibility.

Dormitory Features:

Dormitory accommodations feature shared bathrooms down the hall from your room. Linens, including towels and sheets, a blanket and pillow for each bed, are provided. Dormitories are not air-conditioned and all beds are twin-sized. Please note that dormitory accommodations are very basic and offer few amenities. We encourage you to bring the following items: reading lamp, hangers, small fan, alarm clock, and extra blankets or pillows if needed.

We offer Thursday night on-campus housing to all alumni and guests returning for Reunion Weekend. It is included in the All-Inclusive Package or may be purchased separately with a Day Package. Please note that Thursday activities are only open to the 50th Reunion Class.

+Local Accommodations

A list of local hotels, motels, and inns can be found at If you are staying off-campus, you will receive an access card to your dormitory so that you can enjoy the hospitality lounge.

The Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn and Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch are offering discounted rates for the weekend.

Contact information:
Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn
Phone: 207-344-1000
Book by: The special room rates will be available until May 11th or until the group blocks are sold-out, whichever comes first. If you make your reservation by phone, please make sure to mention ‘Bates College Reunion‘ for the discounted rate.

Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch
Phone: 207-784-4433
Book by: The special room rates will be available until June 11th or until the group blocks are sold-out, whichever comes first. If you make your reservation by phone, please make sure to mention ‘Bates College Reunion’ for the discounted rate.

+Travel, Parking & Transportation

Getting to Bates

You can get here by plane, train, bus or car! Find more information on our directions page!

Ground Transportation Options:

Uber is available

  • Portland, Maine
  • Lewiston, Maine

Concord Coach Lines 

Greyhound Lines

  • Take a taxi/uber to the Congress Street terminal.
  • Take a bus to Lewiston.
  • Take a taxi/uber from the Lewiston bus station to campus (23 Campus Avenue) if there is not a campus stop.
  • 800-552-8737

Maine Limousine Service

Mermaid Transportation


You may park in any legal spot on campus or nearby public streets. The biggest campus lot is located between Underhill Arena and the Russell Street Track (enter from Russell Street). Golf carts will be available to shuttle people back and forth from campus to their cars throughout the weekend. View the Campus Map.

+Your First Stop!

Please make the Welcome Center in Commons (136 Central Avenue) your first stop! Here you will find your:

  • name tag
  • room keys
  • Reunion schedule

Registration for early arrivals will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.
Regular registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

+Pets on Campus

We certainly welcome your pet on campus during this momentous occasion. Ramon S. Ruiz '21 of Haskell, N.J., checks out clothes in the college store with mother Veronica Ruiz and brother Marcos, 13, while father Ramon Ruiz Jr. waits with family dog, Duke, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the lobby of Kalperis Hall. "He misses me as much as I miss him."Please feel free to bring your pet to any of the events in the common areas as well as on the grounds as long as it is leashed.

Unfortunately, with the exception of certified service animals, pets are not allowed in the dormitories. If you should choose to stay on campus, you will need to board your pet at a local kennel. Please read the full policy here. The local Hampton Inn (Lewiston) does allow pets to stay in rooms for a non-refundable fee of $50.

+Refund / Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be issued until Friday, May 22. Refunds requested after this date may be subject to a cancellation fee. Please email to request a refund. Refunds take 1-2 weeks to process once we approve your request.


Relaxed! Unless your class leaders have urged you to bring formal attire, pack your bag with comfortable summer clothes. Be sure to check the weather in the days prior to the weekend to adequately pack for rain, heat, cold, etc.

We’re here to help! Contact us at or 888-522-8371.