Maps, Parking, and Transportation

Parking: Frequently Asked Questions

All vehicles in University of Southern Maine (USM) parking lots on the Portland and Gorham campuses must display a valid USM parking permit which comes in the form of a hang tag hung from a vehicle's rear-view mirror.

Keep in mind a parking permit does not guarantee a place to park. 

On the Lewiston campus, you do not need a parking permit.

Students: You may register for your parking permit prior to the beginning of any semester. Requests for parking permits for the fall semester will be taken in mid-August and your hang tag will be waiting for you at either Public Safety in Gorham or the Parking Office on the Portland campus. If parking permits are available you may receive one in person or through completing the online application form. Requests for incoming students starting in the spring semester will be filled upon receipt of all proper paperwork.

Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff parking permits are valid for a calendar year and can be applied for at any time.

Students: All students registered for on-campus courses pay a transportation fee included with tuition. There is no additional cost for parking permits (hang tags).

Faculty and Staff: Parking permits (hang tags) cost $25.00 for the calendar year.

Visitors: Must obtain a visitor parking pass from the Public Safety Office on the Gorham campus or park in the parking garage on the Portland campus.

No. Students need to fill out the Student Parking Permit Form small pdf icon in person or online with the Parking and Transportation Office (see the form for details). You will need to know the make, model, year, license plate number, and color of the vehicle. You will not be able to get a parking permit (hang tag) if you have unpaid parking fines. Only the Parking and Transportation Office issues parking permits (hang tags).

Yes, all students may bring their own vehicle to campus, including first-year students.

First-year resident students have assigned parking lots, which include: G13A, G13B, G13C, G14, GS1, GS2, and G12A. 

Gorham: If you and your family are visiting the Gorham campus as a prospective student, you may park in the dedicated Office of Admissions spaces near the water tower. Other visitors must obtain a temporary parking permit from the Public Safety Office for short-term parking. Public Safety is located at 28 Husky Drive on the Gorham campus.

Portland: On the Portland campus, visitors can use the parking garage located on Bedford Street.

Lewiston: Visitors on the Lewiston campus can park anywhere.

Please return your parking permit (hang tag) to the USM Public Safety Office at 28 Husky Drive on the Gorham campus or mail it to:

USM Parking and Transportation Office
PO Box 9300
Portland, Maine 04104

If you lose your parking permit (hang tag), a replacement can be purchased for $22.00.

All outstanding fines, including those under appeal, must be paid off or receive an appeal decision before a parking permit may be issued.

Sign up for USM alerts to get up-to-date parking information during snow bans.

Any vehicle on the Portland campus during snow removal periods will be subject to a $50.00 ticket for impeding snow removal and could be towed at the owner's risk and expense at the discretion of USM Public Safety.

If your vehicle was towed due to a parking ban, please contact Public Safety at 207-780-5211, and the tow company information will be given to you, at which point you need to contact the tow company to make arrangements to retrieve your car.

NOTE: **If your vehicle has been towed and you have gotten the tow company information you cannot drive off with your car without speaking with the tow company to make arrangements for payment**

If your vehicle was towed due to a parking fine, there is a hold on it. Please contact Parking Services at 207-780-4718 to either pay fines or make a payment plan agreement. Once this step is fulfilled, Parking Services will inform Public Safety to release the hold on the car. Once the hold is released, Public Safety will release the tow company information to you.


- Parking Services normal business hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm.

- Public Safety is open 24 hours/7 days a week/year round. 


Gorham: Students can leave their vehicles on the Gorham campus overnight or during University-designated vacation periods as long as they have a valid parking permit. Students must park in Lot G13B between the long-term parking signs.

Portland: Students can keep their vehicles in the parking garage on the Portland campus on the lowest level as long as they have a valid parking permit. Please keep in mind that the parking garage is only open from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Lewiston: If someone needs to leave a vehicle on campus outside of normal building hours they should notify LAC facilities ahead of time.

Motorcycles are not required to display a valid parking permit hang tag to park on campus. Motorcycles are allowed to park in any regular parking spot. Do not park in hash marks, as they are in place to provide adequate turning for buses/cars/trucks and/or for use in conjunction with disability parking.

Yes, on the Portland Campus at the entrance of the Parking Garage. The entrance is off Surrenden Street from Bedford Street. 

This station can be used by our students, employees, and visitors to University of Southern Maine campus.

The charger is a Level 2, with a 25 foot long cord, 40A charging, and a universal charge connector that works with most electric vehicles.

You do not need a Plug Share account for using it, but you do need to follow University of Southern Maine’s rules:

  • There is a 2 hour charging limit at a time. You cannot be plugged in all day!
  • You must unplug after the 2 hours to allow the next person to use the charging station.
  • Please plug in the next person in line, who has their port open, after you have unplugged.
  • After the next person in line has their 2 hours and if no one is next, you can plug in again for another 2 hours. Again, be aware of your charging time limits.
  • If you have a newer vehicle that locks the charger into the port and no one can unplug you then you must be aware of your charging times at all times.

Please note: You do not have permission to use the Charging Station inside the Garage. This Charging Station and the parking spot in front of it is reserved for a Special Permit Holder.  

Parking Services will make every effort to work with you, so when in doubt, please come see us!

Not paying tickets could lead to official academic information being held until all payments are made in full.

If the bill is in error, please contact us. Please provide any information or documentation that proves your statement. If you receive a bill addressed to someone not known to you, you need to submit a statement in writing to:

USM Parking and Transportation Office
PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104

If you receive a parking ticket and wish to appeal the violation, you must complete an appeal form and attach any supporting documentation within 10 days of receiving the ticket.