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3 College Freshman

Parking: I did not bring a car this year but other students have said it wasn't bad.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It depends where you want to park.Student lot best

2 College Freshman

Parking: It's very hard to find a spot.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Most dorms have a resident parking lot near them, but they aren't enough spaces for everyone in the building. Sometimes it's tough to find a spot. Commuter parking is in a larger lot but it's a pretty far walk to most buildings.

3 College Freshman

Parking: For the price, it's worth having a car on campus, especially for that late night impulse Walmart run. The only downside is that resident parking fills up quick and so you may have to walk 1/8 to a 1/4 mile to your parking spot.


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Campus parking is at a premium with ever-increasing enrollment rates, the continued allowance of first-year student parking, and the seemingly shrinking parking lots. For those who don't mind walking a short distance, perimeter parking passes are available at a lower cost and this prevents headaches from continuously circling the lots in search of a parking spot that doesn't seem to exist. Illegal parking fines are assessed by the University depending on the severity of the violation. All tickets are permitted to be assessed hourly, so if a student neglects to move a vehicle that is illegally parked for three hours, it can be ticketed up to three times, and students can couple that with the cost of towing and storage.

Students should think twice before pulling up to the first strip and parking, or attempting to camouflage a lime green Volkswagen Beetle neatly parked on the grass. By doing so, you will have nearly turned your vehicle into a felon, and no amount of flower-power will break through the chain-linked fence at Sullivan's, a local holding trap for the vehicles of owners accused of illegally parking. The towing rates and daily compounded vehicle storage costs are damages that a college budget simply cannot afford. Parking Services has been working hard to relieve the parking difficulties on campus by expanding lots and rearranging existing lots to accommodate more vehicles. However, as the single largest complaint by students, the situation continues to remain a stressor, particularly for commuters.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $30 per year for motorcycle owvers
  • $50 per year for commuters
  • $50 per year for graduate assistants
  • $50 per year for residents
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in improper lot: $25
  • Parking in lots that are closed to overnight parking due to winter parking ban: $25
  • Parking in lots that have been closed for snow removal, maintenance, special event: $25
  • Parking in posted bus stop area: $25
  • Parking in posted loading zone without proper permit: $25
  • Failure to register a vehicle with Parking Services after receiving three of more citations for “No Permit”: $50
  • Parking on the turf or in an unpaved area: $50
  • Using an unauthorized permit that has been altered, found, stolen, or counterfeited: $50
  • No current UMAINE disabled permit or placard displayed: $100
  • Parking in a handicapped spot: $100, plus possible $45 towing fee
  • Parking in a posted fire lane: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Hitchner and Nutting parking lots on the south side of campus
  • The Steam Plant lot along Stillwater River
  • Residents will usually find ample parking in the Hilltop lot by Bumstock Field and Concert Park.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Maine Center for the Arts commuter lots
  • The Stewart quad parking surrounds
Getting a Parking Permit
More than 62 percent of students brings a car to campus! Parking permits can be obtained through the Student Service Center located at 5841 Memorial Union (lower level). The office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Purchase a permit by mailing the application and payment to Parking and Transportation Services at Doris Twitchell Allen Village Community Building, Room 523. Or visit
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
DTAV Community Building, Room 523
(207) 581-4047

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 100 responses

  • 15% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 44% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 27% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 104 responses

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