Maps, Parking, and Transportation

Parking Garage

An aerial view of the Abromson Community Education Center and the parking garageThe University of Southern Maine (USM) parking garage entrance is located on Surrenden Street (off of Bedford Street). The garage is attached to the Abromson Community Education Center and there are 1,155 parking spaces — 920 of which are covered.

Parking Rates

There is a new ticketing system in place at our parking garage on the Portland USM campus, located behind the Abromson Community Education Center on Surrenden Street (off Bedford Street).

For current students, faculty, staff, and OLLI students, garage entry and exit requires a new parking permit (hang tag) which will open the gates automatically (similar to the E-Z Pass electronic toll system).

For members of the public, the following changes have been made to help address garage capacity and maintenance budget issues while adhering to the University’s commitment to a student-first focus:

  • A new fee of $2 per hour (up to a maximum of $20 per day) will accrue during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a competitive parking rate within the city of Portland.
  • Pay your parking fees at Pay-On-Foot Stations located by the doors to the parking garage on the first and second floors of Abromson and the ground floor of the parking garage by the vehicle exit. Payment can also be made at the parking office in the parking garage lobby on level one.
  • There is no charge for parking between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is a charge for overnight parking, except during snow bans.
  • During snow bans, 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., charges will begin accruing.

Please see the following Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Parking Garage: Frequently Asked Questions

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!

  • Public: The parking rate is $2 per hour, with a maximum of $20 per day. This is a competitive parking rate within the city of Portland.
  • Current students: No change in cost.
  • Faculty and staff: No change in cost. However, since new, automated hang tags are now required to ease entering and exiting the garage, those who frequently park in the garage need to pay for their parking permit (hang tag) in August 2019 rather than December of 2019. This permit will be valid from September 2019 through December 2020 (16 months rather than 12 months).
  • OLLI students: Purchase a parking permit (hang tag) each semester or pay the public parking rates.
  • Prospective students and their families: No cost for parking. The office or department you are visiting will validate your parking ticket to waive your parking fee.
  • Volunteers: No cost for parking. The office or department you are visiting or supporting will validate your parking ticket to waive your parking fee.

You will pull a ticket upon entry to the garage. Before your vehicle can exit the garage, you must submit payment.

Credit cards are accepted at Pay-On-Foot Stations located by the doors to the parking garage on the first and second floors of Abromson and the ground floor of the parking garage by the vehicle exit.

Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted at the Parking Office in the parking garage lobby on level one.

Only faculty and staff who frequently use the parking garage on the Portland campus need a new parking permit (hang tag) in August 2019. The new parking permit (hang tag) will be valid from September 2019 through December 2020 (16 months rather than 12 months).

  • The garage is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • There is no charge for parking between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • There is a charge for overnight parking, except during snow bans.
  • During snow bans, there is no charge to the public for vehicles entering after 5:00 p.m. and exiting before 8:00 a.m. the next morning. If vehicles are not removed by 8:00 a.m., charges will begin accruing.
  • Please note: The parking garage is closed on weekends, federal holidays, and during school closures, delays, and cancellations.
  • University students, faculty, and staff can park overnight (short-term) on the ground level of the parking garage and must also display a valid USM parking permit.
  • The parking garage closes at 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • There is a charge for overnight parking, except during snow bans.
  • The parking garage is closed on weekends, federal holidays, and during school closures, delays, and cancellations.
  • After-hours requests to open the parking garage for permitted USM students, faculty, or staff vehicles will incur a $25.00 fine.

University students, faculty, and staff can park overnight (short-term) on the ground level of the parking garage and must also display a valid USM parking permit.

Please note: The parking garage is closed on the weekends, and your vehicle will be locked in. After-hours requests to open the parking garage will incur a $25.00 fine.

Contact us with any questions.

There is no charge for parking between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

There is a charge for overnight parking, except during snow bans. If vehicles are not removed by 8:00 a.m. on the morning following a snow ban, parking fees will begin accruing.

Please note: The parking garage is closed on weekends.

You may stop by the Parking Office to receive a day pass.

For select events, staff will be available at the exit gates to help speed up the exiting process.

Please note: Delays exiting the garage are often due to the traffic lights at the corner of Bedford Street and Forest Avenue.

Yes. Reduced parking rates and weekend hours require department- or Cabinet-level approval. Negotiations must be arranged through the parking supervisor in advance for daytime or weekend events. Contact us for more information or to arrange special rates or hours.

During snow bans, 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.

Please note: The parking garage is closed on weekends.