I'm a British high school student that's going to apply to bates but I have a question about the surrounding areas. I live in a really rural area and I'd quite like to be near amenities instead of just having fields and cows as friends. Does Lewiston offer much to do for a college student? from Anonymous
Well, Bates is surrounded by Lewiston and Auburn, two medium-sized cities. There are definitely restaurants and shops that colleges students frequent, like the Pop Shoppe, Forage, Guthries (which is a restaurant that also hosts “Moth Podcast” like events sometimes), Mother India, and stuff like that. When it comes to amenities that aren’t food (which is not my area of expertise),there’s volunteer work, kayaking, and … drinking at the Goose. There are also options for outings that the school directly or indirectly funds (like through clubs). There are busses to the mall, movie theater, cities as far as Boston and as close as Freeport. There are outing club trips to Acadia, skydiving, and white water rafting. There are trips to Portland for poetry slams and art walks and other activities like that.
Also, don’t underestimate all the activities that are on campus as well. Bates brings a lot of people and events TO campus, like artists and speakers and things like that. They also just have student-run events that are just as amazing.
If you’re looking for a bustling city life or cute cozy college town, Bates isn’t quite your place. Lewiston is somewhere in between perhaps. But I’ve always found things to do even without the perfect surrounding city.
You could research Lewiston more and go onto the Bates website to look at their events calendar and transportation opportunities. Maybe that will help you figure out if Bates has enough to keep you happy.