Campus Housing

Location
Lewiston, ME
Undergrads
1,753
Tuition
$44,300
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Smith is the all freshman dorm where every room is a quad, and is not very spacious. Parker is for all class years and there are a mix of mostly doubles, some singles. Page is also all class years but is primarily freshman and sophomores and is mostly doubles. Adams is a "quiet" dorm with primarily doubles, where most sophomores and some juniors live. The Village is on-campus, where most upperclassmen (more seniors than juniors) live in suites (one bedroom for each of the three/four students and a common room). John Bertram Hall or JB, is where mostly juniors reside. These, like the village, are suites, however most rooms include two bedrooms for four students and a common room. Frye Street consists of houses where sophomores, juniors, and occasional seniors live. Most frye houses typically house around 20 students and there are a mix of doubles and singles.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing's pretty good. They know who to pair you with based on your preferences.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Even the worst of housing at Bates is pretty good! Some of the dorms are gorgeous and others are more run down, but all rooms are pretty big and it's really easy to avoid dorms you don't want.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshmen options for dorms is above average in that they allow you to pick from actual houses for a smaller home like atmosphere to a residence dorm which is the average college dorm. And they also give you the option to live with just freshmen or with all classes. This is all done by survey and randomization from that point. Lots of options.... even more as an upperclassmen.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing at Bates is on a spectrum. From quite crappy (Smith) to quite nice (the Village). Obviously the upperclassmen get the nicest locales, but even as a freshman there are many great options. (Though not really an OPTION strictly speaking as you are assigned housing via lottery your freshman year.)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 200th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 206th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 361st
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 535th
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessie Sawyer
Hometown
Farmington, CT
Major
English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor
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Dorms range from the spectacular to the squalid, and obviously, the higher your housing lottery number is, the better your dorm will be. The newest accommodation is 280 College Street, which is equipped with singles and doubles, a kitchen with an oven and stove, as well as a fireplace lounge for concerts or studying. Mostly first years live here, but there are also sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well. The Village is a popular cluster of suites, which house mostly juniors and seniors, and some sophomores—if you’re lucky. John Bertram Hall has big singles and doubles in the basement, although it makes for an awkward dynamic because most of the rooms are four-person suites, so it can be hard to mingle. The kitchen has an oven, and you can often smell chocolate chip cookies wafting through the air on weekends. JB has the reputation of being a party dorm and the “jock” dorm, so it’s noisier and dirtier than designated quiet dorms, such as Adams. However, Adams is usually filled with people who got bad lottery numbers, so it’s not uncommon to see parties there and music blasting out the windows upon occasion. First-year students should avoid Page and aim for Parker, though both are good places to make long-lasting friendships. Other students choose to live in houses on Frye Street, which are charming, but small and out-of-date. Houses are available to upperclassmen as well, and these range from the beautiful Moulton House and well-equipped Frye Street Union to the small and cramped Frye House, Davis House, and Leadbetter House. The rooms in Leadbetter are large, though, since only five people live there. Since the house doesn’t have a television or laundry machines, residents get unlimited keycard access to Davis house, next door, which allows them to branch out.

The best part about housing at Bates is the wide variety of options available to students—or at least to students with good housing lottery numbers. There are suites, quads, doubles, and singles in both dorms and houses. Themed houses, such as the Russian House or the Fine Arts House, allow students with similar interests to live together. Since these theme designations change every year, students have a greater chance of living in a themed house that really interests them. There are all-female and all-male houses, chem-free and quiet dorms, and big party dorms, like Rand and Page. It can be difficult to get a single if you have a poor lottery number, and students are sometimes put on summer placement, but everyone who wants a room at Bates will have one, even if it’s a forced triple in Page Hall.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,640
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
92%
Number of Dormitories
33
Best Dorms
  • 280 College Street
  • Frye Street Union
  • Rand Hall
  • The Village
Worst Dorms
  • Frye House
  • John Bertram Hall
  • Leadbetter House
  • Page Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Free campus and local phone calls
  • Waste basket
  • Window coverings
  • Wireless Internet
Also Available
Bates has female-only and male-only houses available. There are several chemical-free buildings on campus and a number of quiet houses and dorms. There is also themed housing available. Examples of previous houses include the International Film House, the Slavic Studies House, the Cooking House, and the Film Production House.
Available for Rent
The Physical Plant will occasionally offer extra pieces of furniture that students may take for their rooms. Students may rent any outdoors equipment from the Outing Club's E-room.
Did You Know?
  • The majority of Bates students live on campus. On-campus housing is guaranteed to students all four years. Off-campus apartments are also available to rent through the College. This is intended to foster a sense of community within the school.
  • Bates is very environmentally conscious. Recycling is the rule, and the campus sponsors a variety of "greening" projects. New students are urged to bring energy-efficient appliances with them when they come to school.
  • Most first-year students have roommates and are clustered in groups of roughly 12 to 16 students, with upperclass students serving as junior advisors (JAs).

DormitoriesWhat's This?

280 College Street
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 152
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: First floor kitchen and lounge, outdoor grill, study areas.
Arthur P. Hopkins House (Village Three)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 52
Bathrooms: One per suite or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge.
Chase House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 19
Bathrooms: One or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cooking House, kitchen, laundry, lounge.
Cheney House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 32
Bathrooms: One or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, lounge with a grand piano, quiet house.
Clason House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 31
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Chemical-free housing, laundry.
Davis House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 13
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Laundry, lounge.
Frye House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 30
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge.
Frye Street Union
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 11
Bathrooms: One or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Dining room, kitchen, lounge with big-screen TV.
Hacker House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 21
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Film Production House, kitchen, laundry, lounge.
Hayes House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: International Film House, laundry.
Herrick House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 13
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Lounge.
Howard House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 12
Bathrooms: One or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Chemical-free housing, lounge.
John Bertram Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 81
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three-room suites (two double bedrooms and a common area)
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge.
Leadbetter House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 5
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen.
Miliken House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 28
Bathrooms: One or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Lounge, ramp.
Mitchell House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 19
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Laundry, lounge with a piano and a fireplace.
Moody House (Village One)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 56
Bathrooms: One per suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge, seminar classroom.
Moulton House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 23
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Game room, kitchen, laundry, lounge.
Nash House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 14
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge, Slavic Studies House.
Page Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 131
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge.
Parker Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 143
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounges and study rooms on most floors.
Parsons House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 29
Bathrooms: One or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, doubles
Special Features: Laundry, lounge with a piano and a fireplace.
Pierce House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 22
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Laundry, lounge with a pool table.
Rand Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 112
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchenettes on each floor, laundry, lounges.
Rzasa House (Village Two)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 40
Bathrooms: One per suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge.
Small House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 27
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Lounge.
Smith Hall
Floors: 3 towers, 5 floors each
Number of Occupants: 180
Bathrooms: One per floor in each tower
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Two-room quads
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge, seminar rooms.
Turner House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 13
Bathrooms: One per suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Lounge.
Webb House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 21
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge.
Wentworth Adams Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 165
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Residents:
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge with pool table.
Whittier House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 16
Bathrooms: One or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge, Quiet House.
Wilson House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 27
Bathrooms: One or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, lounge.
Wood Street House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 9
Bathrooms: One or two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge, Russian House.

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