Life in Southern Maine

As a student on UNE's Portland Campus, you enjoy the many benefits of living in Portland, Maine, a hub of medical activity that is as picturesque and stimulating as it is welcoming.    

Often cited as one of America's most livable small cities by the magazines, websites and other media entities that gage the nation's most pleasant places to live, Portland is Maine’s largest city with a population of 66,000. It offers the energy and vibrancy of a modern city together with quaint cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and biking and walking trails along the waterfront. The downtown historic district known as the “Old Port” attracts people from across New England who visit to enjoy the restaurants, pubs, and lively arts and entertainment scene.

In the spring, summer and fall, you're just a short drive from the many sprawling sand beaches of the southern Maine coast. In the winter, you find western Maine's nearby peaks ideal day-trip destinations to visit with friends from campus.

Portland is also just a 20-minute drive from Freeport Village, an assembly of outlets and restaurants anchored by the famous L.L. Bean flagship store, which attracts shoppers from around the world. Meanwhile, a trip to Boston—an hour and forty-five minute drive away—makes for a fun weekend excursion.   

Portland by the Numbers

  • #4

    Gallup and Healthway report of Happiest and Healthiest States

  • #4

    Best Places to Live in the U.S. for Quality of Life

  • 2017

    The year Portland became the coolest city on the East Coast, according to Condé Nast Traveler