Office of International Programs

Housing at USM

We recommend that new international students at USM live on campus for the first year. It eliminates the stress of apartment hunting so soon after your arrival and it provides lots of opportunities to make new friends.

USM has academic campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. All of the University Residence Halls are located on the Gorham Campus. To learn more about Residence Life, the cost of on-campus housing and more visit the Residence Life homepage.


Students who wish to live off campus will need to locate their own housing. The University of Southern Maine does not facilitate host families. If you are planning to arrive and apartment hunt we recommend that you make arrangements for temporary housing upon your arrival. Before you begin your search you might want to check out our helpful Housing Guide for the Portland, Maine area. 

If you need suggestions for hotels please contact the International Office at

Some resources for finding local housing are listed below: