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1 College Freshman

Parking: It's a city so having a car isn't necessary but if you do have a car it is a hassle. There are never any parking spots, the snow gets in the way, and parking tickets are expensive.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There are no parking lots available for free for students of MECA. Since it is in the middle of the city I am forced to pay for parking in local parking garages.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Living in a City – Given the fact that Maine college of Art is located in the heart of a city (Portland) There isn't an available parking lot, and you probably wont find a close spot unless you want to run to the meter every 2 hrs. However, there are other options such as getting a parking pass that allows you to park in certain areas for free, and there are plenty of public parking lots but that can get expensive...honestly, if you are going to live in an apartment or in the dorm you don't even need a car.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Leave the Car at Home – MECA has absolutely no on-campus parking. I go home each weekend so I bring my car for the week, and finding a parking place sucks. There's an alley by the Holiday Inn that has free parking but other than that you have to pay for a spot in the parking garage or move your car every two hours.

2 College Junior

Parking: Dont Bother With a Car – Cars are not needed, and finding and paying for parking is extremely difficult as it is right downtown in the busiest area of town. Also Portland loves ticketing and towing so it tends to be super expensive


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How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 0% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 45% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 36% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 10 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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