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, with color side facing outward.

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 and valid for an academic year (September 1 to August 31). Requests for parking permits for the fall semester will be taken in mid-August. 

Employees: Employees and Sodexo parking permits are valid for a calendar year (January 1 to December 31) and can be applied for at any time. Permits for the new year will be availble after Finals Week in December. 

Due to COVID-19, we are requesting you to order your permit online at the USM Parking Portal.  

  • This is not available at this time for First Year or LAC students or Sodexo employees. 
  • We will be offering different options for delivery of your permit via a Google Form at the end of your transaction before you logoff, link is located towards the top of the webpage.
  • You must pay for any citations you might have before purchasing a parking permit.

Students (Portland and Gorham Campuses): 

  • Transportation Fee
    • On-campus (face to face) courses students typically pay a transportation fee included with tuition. You will see this on your Student Bill. You do not need to pay for the Parking Permit Fee. 
  • Parking Permit Fee 
    • Blended (who have at least one course that meets part time on campus) and Online (all courses are online only) students will have to pay the Parking Permit Fee if there is a or no transportation fee with an assigned price on your Student Bill. 
      • If you wish to have a parking permit, the cost will be $25, and is called the Parking Permit Fee. This fee is paid directly to Parking Services and cannot be added to your Student Bill. 
  • LAC Students 
    • For all LAC students, to park on either Portland or Gorham Campuses, the cost will be $25. 

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

⇒ Reminder: The only additional cost with your parking permit (hang tag) is to pay any citations you may owe. 

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.

Normally, the answer is no. 

Due to COVID protocols, at this time, sort of, we will send your permit to you but not automatically. 

However, we are requesting you to order your permit online from the USM Parking Portal.

Please see the following for a little more detail on this. 

  • This is only available for Upper Class Resident Students, Commuter Students, and Renewing Employees. 
  • You must have your browser (example: Google Chrome) logged in to your maine.edu account for the new delivery options through the Parking Portal.
  • This online site can be found under the USM Quick Links on the left side at the home page of mycampus.maine.edu after you login. 
  • You will be asked for your delivery option on the last screen called Payment Receipt, look for the link to a Google form above the Purchased Items title. It says Please (in black font) click here (in red font). 
    • All Resident Students and Employees with offices will be sent via USM Mail Services
    • Commuter Students will be mailed via the USPS Mail Service. 
  • You will need to know the make, model, year, license plate number, plate class, color of the vehicle, and whether you are the registered owner of the vehicle.
  • You will not be able to get a parking permit (hang tag) if you have unpaid parking fines.

For First Year  or LAC Students, New Hire Employees & Sodexo Employees please see Parking Permits for information on how to get your permit. 

Yes, all students may bring their own vehicle to campus, including first-year students. You must have a valid parking permit (hangtag) on display. 

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 Parking Services Office in the Garage at 88 Bedford Street in Portland or mail it to:

University of Southern Maine 

Parking Services Office

PO Box 9300

Portland, Maine 04104

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

You must notify Parking Services if you lost your permit before applying for a replacement permit. 

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

Information on Parking/Snow Bans:

Information about impending parking bans is distributed via text and/or email through the USM Alert Emergency Warning System. Students and employees should expect that a current or recent snowstorm is indicative of an impending parking ban.

USM Storm Line number is 207-780-4800 or 1-800-800-4876 (Option 1).

Information on Parking during a Parking/Snow Ban:

To facilitate snow removal efforts, it is necessary for all students and employees parking on campus during snowstorms and parking bans to move their vehicles to designated spots when required.

  • All Resident Students and Employees must be aware of any snow bans and check to see where to park during a snow ban or snow removal periods on the Gorham Campus. 
  • There is no parking on surface lots or on Level 4 of the Parking Garage on the Portland Campus.
  • If vehicle is found hindering snow removal operations there will be a $50.00 citation used and possible be towed at the discretion of the Public Safety officer on-duty at that time. 

When parking during a Snow Ban in the Parking Garage on the Portland Campus:

  • Do not park near any openings as this prevents the removal of snow and any storm debris that may be needed.
    • Vehicles parked on Level 4 of the Parking Garage during a ban may be fined and/or towed for obstructing snow removal.
  • Vehicles are to park on the Ground Level of the garage away from any openings. If full, you may move up one level, again not near any openings. 
  • For USM students/employees: Hangtags are required and to be displayed correctly at all times.
  • For members of the community: There is no charge to the public for vehicles entering after 5:00 p.m. and exiting before 8:00 a.m. the following morning. If vehicles are not removed by 8:00 a.m., parking fees will begin accruing. 
  • If the University closes due to weather conditions, the garage will also close; usually one hour after the University closes. All vehicles intending to park for the length of the ban must be in the garage when it closes, if the University is closed the following day the garage will also be closed. The Garage will reopen when the University reopens.

If your vehicle was towed due to a parking ban or snow removal periods, 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 G13 between the designated long-term parking signs.
  • If there is a possibility of a parking ban, while you are away, you may get ticketed and possibly towed. We suggest you make arrangements so this will not happen.  

Portland: Students can keep their vehicles in the parking garage on the Portland campus on the Ground Level as long as they have a valid parking permit displayed.

  • Please keep in mind that the parking garage is only open from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, closed on the weekends.
  • Make sure you park away from any openings, so Facilities Management can clean up any debris or snow caused by a storm. 
  • If the Gound Level is full, you may go up to Level 1. 

Lewiston: If someone needs to leave a vehicle on campus outside of normal building hours they should notify LAC facilities ahead of time by emailing them at lac@maine.edu or call them at 207-753-6536. 

Please make sure your motorcycle is registered with Parking Services. This ensures that you will not get ticketed as a non-member of USM and lets you know where you are allowed to park. 

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 in your designated lot. 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 on the outside wall. 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! Even on the weekends. 
  • 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. When not in use, please see Parking Services Office for permission.   

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 and be reported to Community Standards. 

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:

University of Southern Maine

Parking Services 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.