Around Town & Campus

No car? No problem! We are minimizing the need for students to bring cars to campus by building community programs.


Bates hosts two Toyota Prius Zipcars on campus. Annual membership is only $35. Students can reserve a car right from their computer and take it out for $8/hr or $66/day – the fee includes gas, maintenance, insurance and a free reserved parking spot at Bates!

Green Bike Program

The Green Bike program offers students access to bicycles for use on and off campus. It is a free program that works two ways: 1) students doing fieldwork  or an internship in Lewiston/Auburn  can apply to borrow a bike for the semester, and 2) for day trips, students can check out a bike from the outing club’s E-Room.

Bobcat Express

The Bobcat Express is a free local transportation service offered by the college that operates on weekdays and weekends. Operating hours and information about the Bobcat Express are routinely updated on its dedicated web page. The shuttle transports students to community service engagements, internships and jobs, medical appointments and other local venues at specific times. For students nervous about walking around campus alone, safety escorts are also made available.

Local Bus

The purple CityLink bus runs six days a week throughout Lewiston and Auburn. A stop on campus connects faculty, staff and students with locations in Lewiston and Auburn including the Auburn Mall, CMCC, grocery stores, Thorncrag bird sanctuary and others.


We are located close to the downtown; you can often walk (especially great with friends) to local sites.

Did You know?

Bates uses Electric Vehicles. Since 2008, the college has purchased ten electric utility vehicles in place of gas-powered trucks and golf carts used by Facility Services, Information and Library Services and Dining Services. The college also has 14 electric vehicle charging stations available for use by the local community in addition to Bates faculty, staff, and students.