We offer student housing on the lovely residential Gorham campus. Coming fall 2023, Portland Commons residence hall will open on the vibrant Portland campus.

New First Year Students

First things first! Make sure you meet these requirements to live on campus, and then apply for housing and pay the deposit.

  • Have you paid your Admission fee to matriculate at USM? You need to be matriculated for a minimum of 48 hours before you can access the housing portal!
  • You need to register for a minimum of 12 credits each semester, unless you are approved for an exception by the Disability Services Center or the Office of Residential Life. 
  • You must meet the University of Maine System vaccination requirements before a housing assignment can be made. We recommend you get vaccinated and upload information in Pointnclick as soon as possible to ensure a housing assignment and accurate bill.
  • If you plan on applying for a religious or medical exemption, do so ASAP as the process can take some time.
  • You can upload your vaccination information as soon as your last shot has happened. That allows us to be able to move forward with a housing assignment.
  • If you do not meet the deadline to be fully vaccinated by move-in, you will be on a waitlist until you are in compliance, and will be considered for spaces as they are available.

Tip: Keep your MaineStreet student ID number handy for the next steps. You will need it to sign your housing contract.

Log in to your MyUSM portal (https://my.usm.maine.edu) and look for the USM Quick Links on the left-hand side in the list under the Launch Pad, and click on “Residential Life and Housing Portal”. Click on the “2022-2023 Housing Home Page” and the “Apply Now!” button.

  • You’ll notice the residence halls aren’t listed as choices, only room types. That is because as a first year student, your placement will be determined by the COR 101 class and Living Learning Community you select during your Advising and Course Selection (ACS) session.
  • You will automatically be assigned to the required Unlimited meal plan for your first semester. Meal plans are required for residential students.

The $75.00 housing deposit does not show up on your MaineStreet account as a bill to pay like other charges. Pay your deposit when you fill out the housing application.

You can pay in one of two ways:

  • Online: Log in to MaineStreet and navigate to <Student Self-Service > Student Center > Financials > View/Pay Bill > Deposits > Select Term > Select a Deposit > USM_Housing_Deposit > Payment Amount = $75.00 > select method > continue to PayPath, then finish following instructions.
  • By mail: Make a check or money order payable to USM and mail to USM Residential Life, 37 College Ave., Gorham, ME 04038. Include your name and MaineStreet ID number!

If you have someone specific you would like to live with for the upcoming semester, you will need to form a roommate group! You do this step after you have filled out and submitted the housing application. (Although we try to honor roommate requests whenever possible, they are not guaranteed).

  • To form a roommate group, go to your MyUSM portal (https://my.usm.maine.edu). On the left hand side click “USM Quick Links” and then “Residential Life and Housing Portal.” Select “Update My Application” and then “Roommate Group.” There are two roommate group types; choose the type that best corresponds with your group. From there, click the green +, enter your friend’s 7-digit student ID number, and then click select. An email will be sent to your groupmate. They will follow the same steps as above but, instead of clicking the green + to form a group, they will click “accept” next to their name.
  • There are three important components that need to be met for roommate groups:
    • You must both have a housing application on file. 
    • You must both be first year students.
    • You both must select the same Living Learning Community (LLC) theme. These LLCs correspond to your COR-101 class which you will choose during your Advising and Course Selection (ACS) meeting, although you do not need to be in the exact same section of the course. Your COR course determines your housing placement. As a first-year Husky, you’ll be housed in one of ten Living Learning Community (LLC) floors


If you don’t have a preferred roommate, don’t worry! You don’t need to do anything. We will match you with a roommate as closely as we can based on the lifestyle questions you answered on your application.

Vegan? Gluten-free? Halal? Kosher? We have that! Our updated Gorham campus dining hall features diet-specific food stations, including dedicated areas for those with food allergies. Explore options.

New Transfer Students with >24 credits

We’re glad you are interested in being part of our campus community!

  • Have you paid your Admission fee to matriculate at USM? You need to be matriculated for a minimum of 48 hours before you can access the housing portal!
  • You need to register for a minimum of 12 credits each semester, unless you are approved for an exception by the Disability Services Center or the Office of Residential Life. 
  • You must meet the University of Maine System vaccination requirements before a housing assignment can be made. We recommend you get vaccinated and upload information in Pointnclick as soon as possible to ensure a housing assignment and accurate bill.
  • If you plan on applying for a religious or medical exemption, do so ASAP as the process can take some time.
  • You can upload your vaccination information as soon as your last shot has happened. That allows us to be able to move forward with a housing assignment.
  • If you do not meet the deadline to be fully vaccinated by move-in, you will be on a waitlist until you are in compliance, and will be considered for spaces as they are available.

Tip: Keep your MaineStreet student ID number handy for the next steps. You will need it to sign your housing contract.

Log in to your MyUSM portal (https://my.usm.maine.edu) and look for the USM Quick Links on the left-hand side in the list under the Launch Pad, and click on “Residential Life and Housing Portal”. Click on the “2022-2023 Housing Home Page” and the “Apply Now!” button.

  • You’ll notice the residence halls aren’t listed as choices, only room types. We will try to assign you to your preferred room type(s), though we may place you where we have open spaces in sophomore or upperclass student communities.
  • Select your meal plan from one of three options. Meal plans are required for all residential students with the exception of those assigned to apartments with full kitchens.

The $75.00 housing deposit does not show up on your MaineStreet account as a bill to pay like other charges. Pay your deposit when you fill out the housing application.

You can pay in one of two ways:

  • Online: Log in to MaineStreet and navigate to <Student Self-Service > Student Center > Financials > View/Pay Bill > Deposits > Select Term > Select a Deposit > USM_Housing_Deposit > Payment Amount = $75.00 > select method > continue to PayPath, then finish following instructions.
  • By mail: Make a check or money order payable to USM and mail to USM Residential Life, 37 College Ave., Gorham, ME 04038. Include your name and MaineStreet ID number!

If you have someone specific you would like to live with for the upcoming semester, you will need to form a roommate group! You do this step after you have filled out and submitted the housing application. (Although we try to honor roommate requests whenever possible, they are not guaranteed).

  • To form a roommate group, go to your MyUSM portal (https://my.usm.maine.edu). On the left hand side click “USM Quick Links” and then “Residential Life and Housing Portal.” Select “Update My Application” and then “Roommate Group.” There are two roommate group types; choose the type that best corresponds with your group. From there, click the green +, enter your friend’s 7-digit student ID number, and then click select. An email will be sent to your groupmate. They will follow the same steps as above but, instead of clicking the green + to form a group, they will click “accept” next to their name.
  • There are two important components that need to be met for sophomore and upperclass roommate groups:
    • You must both have a housing application on file. 
    • You must both be sophomores or upperclass students (first year students are housed on first year floors in Living Learning Communities).

If you don’t have a preferred roommate, don’t worry! You don’t need to do anything. We will match you with a roommate as closely as we can based on the lifestyle questions you answered on your application.

You can change your meal plan during the first two weeks of the semester. If you try your meal plan for a week and find it’s not working for you, no problem! Visit Dining Services to complete a meal plan change form and we can swap it to another residential meal plan.

You can change your meal plan during the first two weeks of the semester. If you try your meal plan for a week and find it’s not working for you, no problem! Visit Dining Services to complete a meal plan change form and we can swap it to another residential meal plan.

Graduate and Law Students

Find community on campus!

  • Have you paid your Admission fee to matriculate at USM? You need to be matriculated for a minimum of 48 hours before you can access the housing portal!
  • You need to register for a minimum of 6 credits each semester, unless you are approved for an exception by the Disability Services Center or the Office of Residential Life. 
  • You must meet the University of Maine System vaccination requirements before a housing assignment can be made. We recommend you get vaccinated and upload information in Pointnclick as soon as possible to ensure a housing assignment and accurate bill.
  • If you plan on applying for a religious or medical exemption, do so ASAP as the process can take some time.
  • You can upload your vaccination information as soon as your last shot has happened. That allows us to be able to move forward with a housing assignment.
  • If you do not meet the deadline to be fully vaccinated by move-in, you will be on a waitlist until you are in compliance, and will be considered for spaces as they are available.

Tip: Keep your MaineStreet student ID number handy for the next steps. You will need it to sign your housing contract

Log in to your MyUSM portal (https://my.usm.maine.edu) and look for the USM Quick Links on the left-hand side in the list under the Launch Pad, and click on “Residential Life and Housing Portal”. Click on the “2022-2023 Housing Home Page” and the “Apply Now!” button.

  • You’ll notice the residence halls aren’t listed as choices, only room types. We will try to assign you to your preferred room type(s), though we may place you where we have open spaces.
  • Select your meal plan from one of three options. Meal plans are required for all residential students with the exception of those assigned to apartments with full kitchens.

The $75.00 housing deposit does not show up on your MaineStreet account as a bill to pay like other charges. Pay your deposit when you fill out the housing application.

You can pay in one of two ways:

  • Online: Log in to MaineStreet and navigate to <Student Self-Service > Student Center > Financials > View/Pay Bill > Deposits > Select Term > Select a Deposit > USM_Housing_Deposit > Payment Amount = $75.00 > select method > continue to PayPath, then finish following instructions.
  • By mail: Make a check or money order payable to USM and mail to USM Residential Life, 37 College Ave., Gorham, ME 04038. Include your name and MaineStreet ID number!

If you have someone specific you would like to live with for the upcoming semester, you will need to form a roommate group! You do this step after you have filled out and submitted the housing application. (Although we try to honor roommate requests whenever possible, they are not guaranteed).

  • To form a roommate group, go to your MyUSM portal (https://my.usm.maine.edu). On the left hand side click “USM Quick Links” and then “Residential Life and Housing Portal.” Select “Update My Application” and then “Roommate Group.” There are two roommate group types; choose the type that best corresponds with your group. From there, click the green +, enter your friend’s 7-digit student ID number, and then click select. An email will be sent to your groupmate. They will follow the same steps as above but, instead of clicking the green + to form a group, they will click “accept” next to their name. 
  • There are two important components that need to be met for upperclass roommate groups:
    • You must both have a housing application on file. 
    • You must both be upperclass, graduate, or law students.

If you don’t have a preferred roommate, don’t worry! You don’t need to do anything. We will match you with a roommate as closely as we can based on the lifestyle questions you answered on your application.

We know students are eager to select spaces in Portland Commons for the upcoming summer and academic year! Below is an overview of the housing assignment process for Portland Commons, with more information to come.

  • We have a form available for current and incoming graduate and law students to begin expressing interest in Portland Commons and to be notified once the housing application is live. This form will allow us to begin making housing commitments to graduate and law students prior to the application being live, with contracts either beginning June 1st (12-month contract) or mid-August (9-month, academic year contract). We pull responses from the form and send out commitment verifications once a month. Students can expect a follow-up email from us during the first week of the following month.
  • Portland Commons spaces will be available to be selected during the housing selection process in the spring of 2023. Applications for both 9-month and 12-month contracts will be options through the normal housing selection process in the spring of 2023.
  • Applications for summer 2023 housing will be released early in the spring of 2023 as part of our summer housing process.

Our new residence hall, Portland Commons, opens fall 2023, and will offer an attractive and expanded range of housing options for graduate and law students.

Portland Commons Housing for Summer and Fall 2023

Portland Commons will house upperclass students, graduate students, and law students.

  • Have you paid your Admission fee to matriculate at USM? You need to be matriculated for a minimum of 48 hours before you can access the housing portal!
  • You need to register for a minimum of 6 credits each semester, unless you are approved for an exception by the Disability Services Center or the Office of Residential Life. 
  • You must meet the University of Maine System vaccination requirements before a housing assignment can be made. We recommend you get vaccinated and upload information in Pointnclick as soon as possible to ensure a housing assignment and accurate bill.
  • If you plan on applying for a religious or medical exemption, do so ASAP as the process can take some time.
  • You can upload your vaccination information as soon as your last shot has happened. That allows us to be able to move forward with a housing assignment.
  • If you do not meet the deadline to be fully vaccinated by move-in, you will be on a waitlist until you are in compliance, and will be considered for spaces as they are available.

Tip: Keep your MaineStreet student ID number handy for the next steps. You will need it to sign your housing contract

Log in to your MyUSM portal (https://my.usm.maine.edu) and look for the USM Quick Links on the left-hand side in the list under the Launch Pad, and click on “Residential Life and Housing Portal”. Click on the “2022-2023 Housing Home Page” and the “Apply Now!” button.

  • You’ll notice the residence halls aren’t listed as choices, only room types. We will try to assign you to your preferred room type(s), though we may place you where we have open spaces.
  • Select your meal plan from one of three options. Meal plans are required for all residential students with the exception of those assigned to apartments with full kitchens.

The $75.00 housing deposit does not show up on your MaineStreet account as a bill to pay like other charges. Pay your deposit when you fill out the housing application.

You can pay in one of two ways:

  • Online: Log in to MaineStreet and navigate to <Student Self-Service > Student Center > Financials > View/Pay Bill > Deposits > Select Term > Select a Deposit > USM_Housing_Deposit > Payment Amount = $75.00 > select method > continue to PayPath, then finish following instructions.
  • By mail: Make a check or money order payable to USM and mail to USM Residential Life, 37 College Ave., Gorham, ME 04038. Include your name and MaineStreet ID number!

If you have someone specific you would like to live with for the upcoming semester, you will need to form a roommate group! You do this step after you have filled out and submitted the housing application. (Although we try to honor roommate requests whenever possible, they are not guaranteed).

  • To form a roommate group, go to your MyUSM portal (https://my.usm.maine.edu). On the left hand side click “USM Quick Links” and then “Residential Life and Housing Portal.” Select “Update My Application” and then “Roommate Group.” There are two roommate group types; choose the type that best corresponds with your group. From there, click the green +, enter your friend’s 7-digit student ID number, and then click select. An email will be sent to your groupmate. They will follow the same steps as above but, instead of clicking the green + to form a group, they will click “accept” next to their name. 
  • There are two important components that need to be met for upperclass roommate groups:
    • You must both have a housing application on file. 
    • You must both be upperclass, graduate, or law students.

If you don’t have a preferred roommate, don’t worry! You don’t need to do anything. We will match you with a roommate as closely as we can based on the lifestyle questions you answered on your application.

We know students are eager to select spaces in Portland Commons for the upcoming summer and academic year! Below is an overview of the housing assignment process for Portland Commons, with more information to come.

  • We have a form available for current and incoming graduate and law students to begin expressing interest in Portland Commons and to be notified once the housing application is live. This form will allow us to begin making housing commitments to graduate and law students prior to the application being live, with contracts either beginning June 1st (12-month contract) or mid-August (9-month, academic year contract). We pull responses from the form and send out commitment verifications once a month. Students can expect a follow-up email from us during the first week of the following month.
  • Undergraduate students for summer and sall 2023: Undergraduate students who have lived on campus for two years will have priority housing selection access to undergraduate bed spaces in Portland Commons when it opens in fall 2023. This means starting with fall 2021, students were beginning their eligibility for priority housing selection access for the first year that Portland Commons will be open.
  • All returning undergraduate students of senior and junior status will be eligible for Portland Commons. We also anticipate being able to house some sophomore students as well, depending on available space. We will communicate space availability during housing selection.
  • New student undergraduates will be considered eligible for Portland Commons if they are transfer students with 60 credits or more, or are 25 or older.
  • Portland Commons spaces will be available to be selected during the housing selection process in the spring of 2023. Applications for both 9-month and 12-month contracts will be options through the normal housing selection process in the spring of 2023.
  • Applications for summer 2023 housing will be released early in the spring of 2023 as part of our summer housing process.

Our new residence hall, Portland Commons, will offer an attractive and expanded range of housing options in the second largest Passive House university building in the United States.