Maps, Parking, and Transportation

Parking Permits

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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. Current rate for this parking permit is $55 and valid for the academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31).

Want to know your Plate Class? 

Please click here to see what Maine plate you have. How to find your vehicle’s plate class information for the parking permit application: find your plate and the red two letters next to it is what you would use. For Out-of-State plates, please use PC as your plate class. 

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, plate class, 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, plate class, and color of all your vehicles)

Online Students

For students taking online classes and need services on the Portland or Gorham Campuses, you must contact Parking Services Office at 207-780-4718 or email us usmparkingservices@maine.edu for information on parking. 

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 Parking Services Office in Portland or 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, plate class, and color of all your vehicles)

Obtaining a Parking Permit

Parking Permits are available at the following locations:

In person:

  • Portland campus
    • Parking Services Office
      Lobby of the Parking Garage on Level 1 (88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04101)
      Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Closed on Weekends. 
  • 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. This online site can be found under the USM Quick Links on the left side at the home page of mycampus.maine.edu. You must have your browser (example: Google Chrome) logged in to your maine.edu account for the new COVID-19 guidelines and delivery options through the Parking Portal. 

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.