We are so excited that you will be joining the UNE family this fall. Use this section as a guide for some important next steps. Please pay special attention to Orientation information — we are working diligently to update our Orientation experience to help you succeed in your transition to college during these challenging times.


Attend New Student Orientation

UNE’s New Student Orientation provides the opportunity for you to prepare for the academic, social, and personal aspects of university life. Orientation is mandatory for new undergraduate students.

In order to give all New Nor’easters the best Orientation possible, we are moving our usual Summer Orientation programs to a single orientation that will take place August 21–25 — provided that CDC guidance suggests it is safe to do so

  • The entire class will share the same Orientation experience. 
  • Students will move directly into their fall housing assignments.
  • We will still offer Trailblazer trips directly before Orientation (recommended). This program will begin on August 17, 2020. Students who attend a Trailblazer will arrive to campus on August 16, 2020, and move directly into their fall housing assignment.
  • New Nor’easter fall athletes will be offered a unique and seamless preseason and Orientation.

We will update this page as information is updated. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. 

At orientation you will:

  • Meet with academic advisors and faculty from your department
  • Review your class schedule and receive assistance to make necessary changes
  • Prepare for your UNE career
  • Learn about University services
  • Make connections and socialize with other incoming UNE students, current UNE students, faculty, and staff
  • Become familiar with our beautiful, ocean-front campus
  • Become immersed in the intellectual, social, and cultural climate of UNE
  • Learn what it means to be a Nor'easter!

Added for 2020: Additional Orientation Events and Information

To help you prepare for your college experience during these uncertain times, UNE is offering additional orientation opportunities this summer:

  • Online Orientation Content: We will post weekly videos, learning modules, and more.
  • Academic Advising: You will have a one-on-one appointment with your academic advisor to understand your courses, curriculum, and placement options.
  • Academic Program Meetups: We will offer online gatherings with faculty, advisors, and other incoming students in your major or program.
  • Parent Orientation: We will be providing a new Parents Section of the UNE website. This section will include links and other helpful information for all of our UNE parents and families. Additionally, we will have a page that will have specific content for our incoming student’s parents and families. While we are disappointed not to be able to share this experience with you in person during orientation this summer, we are going to provide the same type of information as we normally do at our Parent and Family Orientation through a series of videos and other multi-media content.

For additional information, please refer to our FAQ.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (207) 602-2447.


Apply for Housing and a Meal Plan


Living in a residential community in the first years of college is an important contributor to student success. UNE has a three-year residency requirement which creates a vibrant on-campus experience and we are excited to welcome you. If you are a deposited student, you are now eligible to complete a Housing and Dining Service Application and Contract.

  • For full consideration, Housing and Dining Contracts are due by June 30
  • Roommate Requests are accepted until June 30 and every effort will be made to honor them and if you are signing up for a triple we would actually encourage you to select both roommates if possible.
  • Housing Assignments will be available July 15
  • Contact the Office of Housing and Residential/Commuter Life at housing-office@une.edu or (207) 602-2272 for further information.

Important Housing Dates will be distributed during move-in weekend so that you will know when the halls open and close around holidays and breaks in the academic schedule.

Not sure what to pack in the fall? Check out this helpful list, and be sure to coordinate with your roommate so you don’t end up with duplicates!

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Housing and Residential/Commuter Life at housing-office@une.edu or (207) 602-2272.


Meal Plan

As a residential student, you are assigned a meal plan. The plan includes:

  • A set number of meals per week in our dining hall
  • Flexible spending dollars for on-campus dining
  • Nor'easter Dollars for select off-campus restaurants in the area

If you like, you can change your meal plan at the beginning of the semester.

For more information about the dining facilities and details on meal plans and different options, please visit Dining Services.


Submit Your Immunization Records and Secure Health Insurance


As a new student, you are required by the State of Maine and UNE to complete and submit the following all found at the Student Health Care website:

  • Health History
  • Immunization Form for Arts and Sciences Students
  • Immunization Form for Health Professions Students
  • Physical Form
  • A photocopy of your health insurance card

All of these are due by July 1 for Traditional First-Year Summer Orientation. If you have questions, or are participating in an Orientation after this deadline, please contact Student Health Services at (207) 602-2358 or visit their website.

Health Insurance

As a UNE student, you are required to have health insurance. You have the option to:

  • Purchase health insurance through UNE.
  • Waive the UNE plan, if you are already insured

Choose A Way to Get Around

Worried about getting around while on campus? Don’t be! The following options are available to you as a first-year or transfer student on the Biddeford campus at UNE.


UNE offers two all-wheel-drive Zipcars that can be rented online by the hour.


You are encouraged to bring a bike to our easily navigable campus that includes bike racks outside of all academic and recreational buildings. 


Parking Permits

All permit decals are sold online at une.thepermitstore.com (Enter “UNE” as your destination). The cost of a University parking permit is a flat fee based on the permit type and is non-negotiable or refundable. The cost must be paid online by credit card or electronic check or billed to the student account (must have a valid PRN).

Beginning Friday, August 7 at noon first-year residential students will be eligible to purchase a permit for $350 (limited number available).

Incoming first-year and transfer students will be eligible to purchase a residential parking permit based on availability. Due to the limited number of parking spaces available for residential students, there is no guarantee that a permit will be available to purchase. Bringing a vehicle to campus without a valid UNE decal is subjected to ticketing, boot application, and towing at the owner’s expense.

*UNE offers three financial incentives for first-year and transfer students who commit to not bringing a vehicle to campus during their first year. These financial incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and available enrollment is capped at 250 students per academic year.


When residential parking permits are sold out, a waitlist will be implemented. As permits become available due to transfers or withdrawals from the University, permits will be issued to students on the waitlist or special requests/exceptions list. There is no guarantee that a permit will be issued from the waitlist.


Requests for parking permits due to special requests or exceptions can be made through the une.thepermitstore.com website and will be reviewed by the UNE Transportation Committee and granted on a case-by-case basis. These situations may include long-term medical accommodations, educational purposes, or other special circumstances that require a student to have a vehicle on campus. Each request will be reviewed by the Transportation Committee and there is no guarantee that a special request for a parking permit will be granted.

Get more information about parking at UNE >

Safe Ride

Safe Ride operates on the Biddeford Campus to assist students, faculty, and professional staff with a safe ride around campus.

Hours of operation for the Safe Ride shuttle are Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the Safe Ride shuttle will pick up and drop off at the Forum and Campus Center only. Between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., the 12 Safe Ride pickup/drop off locations can be viewed on the Biddeford Campus Parking Map, then selecting the Safe Ride locations on the left.

You can also view the current location of the Safe Ride shuttle, the location of the bus refreshes approximately every 5 seconds

Nor'easter Express

Offering a regular schedule seven days a week, the Nor'easter Shuttle transports UNE faculty, professional staff, and students to and from the University and Saco Train Station. From there, passengers can switch to a local bus to provide more flexibility for your commute. You just need to present a UNE ID card. Visit the Shuttlebus-Zoom website for routes and schedules.

Zoom Express

The Zoom Turnpike Express offers weekday service from the Biddeford and Saco turnpike exits to downtown Portland. Other Shuttlebus services provide stops in Old Orchard Beach, the Maine Mall, and Portland. Visit the Shuttlebus-Zoom website for rates, routes, and schedules.

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