Life in Southern Maine

As a student at the University of New England, you get to live where others come to vacation. 

A popular tourist destination for generations, both Biddeford and Portland provide a wealth of outdoor recreational activities, a thriving arts community, lots of convenient shopping, and nationally recognized restaurants.

For three seasons, you can enjoy the region's abundance of sprawling sand beaches. In the winter, the region's many hiking and walking trails become places for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, while western Maine's nearby peaks allow for all kinds of alpine adventures.

You'll also enjoy opportunities to visit Maine's famous seafood restaurants, which reside in quaint seaside towns along U.S. Route 1. At these time-tested Maine institutions, you can eat lobster, clam chowder, and fried seafood fresh out of the ocean. And historic Boston is less than two hours away.

biddeford by the Numbers

  • 4,000

    Feet of ocean frontage on the Biddeford Campus

  • #14

    Portland - Biddeford
    Small Metros 
    Top 75 College Cities

    American Institute for Economic Research

  • 24

    Number of beaches within a 50-mile radius of both campuses

Portland by the Numbers

  • #4

    Gallup and Healthway report of Happiest and Healthiest States
    Time.com

  • #4

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

  • 2017

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