Maps, Parking, and Transportation

Parking Permits

Portland and Gorham campuses

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 that must be hung from a vehicle's rear-view mirror. Keep in mind, a parking permit does not guarantee a place to park.

Lewiston campus

No parking permits are required. However, students, faculty, and staff who also visit the Portland and Gorham campuses will need a permit to park on either campus. 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Permits

  • Cost: $25
  • Term: Valid for the academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31)
  • Form: OLLI Parking Permit Form  (you will need to know the make, model, year, license plate number, and color of all your vehicles)

Student Parking Permits

  • Cost: No additional cost. Students pay a transportation fee if registered for on-campus courses.
  • Term: Valid for the academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31)
  • Form: Student Parking Permit Form small pdf icon (you will need to know the make, model, year, license plate number, and color of all your vehicles)

Visitor Parking Permits

For prospective students and their families, there is no cost for parking at USM. In Portland, the Bedford Street parking garage ticket will be validated by the office or department you are visiting. In Gorham, the Office of Admissions has ample free parking available next to the water tower.

Other visitors must obtain a temporary parking permit for short-term parking.

  • Term: Valid for 24 hours
  • Form: Forms need to be filled out in person at the Public Safety Office on the Gorham campus (you will need to know the license plate number of your vehicle) 

Short-term parking may include:

  • Staying overnight on the Gorham campus
  • Attending an athletic event on the Gorham campus
  • Visiting an office, college, school, or department on the Portland or Gorham campus
  • Visiting the Maine School of Law on the Portland campus

Faculty & Staff Parking Permits

All faculty and staff are required to display a valid parking permit in vehicles parked on the Portland and Gorham campuses.

  • Cost: $25
  • Term: Valid for a calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31)
  • Form: Faculty/Staff Permit Application Form  (you will need to know the make, model, year, license plate number, and color of all your vehicles)

Obtaining a Parking Permit

Parking Permits are available at the following locations:

In person:

  • Portland campus
    • Parking Services 
      Lobby of the Parking Garage on level one (88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04101)
      Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Gorham campus
    • Public Safety Building
      38 Husky Drive, Gorham, ME 04038
      24 hours per day

Online:

  • Permits can also be obtained online through the Parking Portal. You will receive a barcode via email that grants you access to the Portland parking garage, where you can pick up your parking permit (hang tag). You may also pick up your parking permit at the Public Safety Office on the Gorham campus. 

University of Maine System (UMS) Parking Permits

Parking permits from any UMS campus are permitted to park on any USM campus (surface lots only) in accordance with these campus guidelines, as long as the permit is not expired.