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Our new residence hall is open to these groups, starting in August of 2023:
- USM and UMaine system graduate students
- Maine Law students
- Any matriculated USM students age 22 or older
- Any matriculated second-year, third-year, or fourth-year USM undergraduate students age 19 or older (limited availability for second-year students)
Students can apply for an academic year contract or a 12-month contract. More details can be found here.
A Diverse, Inclusive Residential Community
Portland Commons will house 577 students in a variety of room types. The top floors will house our graduate and law students. The floors are mixed-gender. The first floor boasts a half-acre semi-private courtyard for studying and group gatherings, a variety of study and meeting rooms, a comfortable common gathering space with a full kitchen, and indoor bike storage. In addition, to these features, Portland Commons is on track to be the second-largest Passive House building at a university in the United States.
- Passive House is one of the world’s most aggressive green building standards.
- The building will use less than half of the energy than a comparable residence hall built to modern code
- The Passive House standard will mean it also has superior air quality with a steady supply of fresh air
- The tight thermal envelope will make for a quieter, more thermally comfortable residence hall
All rooms within Portland Commons have in-suite restrooms. There is a multitude of room types available for students to select from.
- Single with ensuite bathroom
- One-person efficiency apartment
- Two-person single pod
- Two-person single apartment
- Four-person double apartment
- Four-person single apartment
All bedrooms have a full XL or twin XL bed (double apartments), an individual closet, a desk, a chair, and a bureau. Apartments include a shared kitchen with a stove and oven, a full-sized refrigerator, a microwave, and a kitchen sink. Apartments for 2 or more students also have a couch, coffee table, end tables, and a tv-stand. More details on the amenities in each room type are detailed below in the Room Types, Amenities, & Rates section.
Portland Commons is the first residence hall located on the Portland campus. Many years ago there was “Portland Hall”, which was located in downtown Portland, but this is the first residential building on the Portland campus.
What makes Portland Commons a great place to live
Portland Commons sits on the corner of Durham and Bedford Streets, spanning approximately 218,000 square feet, and adding an aesthetically pleasing cornerstone to our campus gateway.
While meeting leading-edge Passive House sustainability standards, the new Hall also features large glass panels in the first floor common areas, illuminating and activating the sidewalk and making our campus a more welcoming and engaging place.
The four wings of the Hall — two reaching five stories in height and two reaching eight stories in height — form a parallelogram that encloses a half-acre semi-private residential courtyard.
Room Types, Amenities, and Rates
For 12-month rates as well as meal plan rates and details, please visit our Room and Board Rates page. Meal plans are required for all residential students unless they are living in an apartment with a full kitchen and email email@example.com to opt out of the meal plan.
|Room Type||Rate per semester||Amenities|
|Single with ensuite bathroom||$4,130.00||Full XL bed, en-suite bathroom.|
|One-person efficiency apartment||$6,250.00||Full XL bed, en-suite bathroom, full kitchen.|
|Two-person single pod||$3,995.00||Full XL bed, en-suite bathroom, entryway.|
|Two-person single apartment||$5,765.00||Full XL bed, en-suite bathroom, full kitchen, common room, washer & dryer.|
|Four-person double apartment||$4,590.00||Twin XL bed, en-suite bathroom, full kitchen, common room, washer & dryer.|
|Four-person single apartment||$5,260.00||Full XL bed, en-suite bathroom, full kitchen, common room, washer & dryer.|