Getting Around

Parking Policy

Students, staff, faculty, and visitors who wish to park on the Portland or Biddeford campuses must display a parking permit. Students with vehicles should register them with the Permit Store. Enter "UNE" in the Permit Store search bar for a variety of parking choices. Temporary parking permits are furnished to guests of the University and part-time employees. For more information about parking permits, visit the Parking Policies page. 

Alternative Transportation

UNE offers transportation alternatives designed to preserve the green spaces on our campuses and to practice one of the University's most cherished core values: stewardship of our environment. 

Go Maine Rideshare

GO MAINE Commuter Connections is an online rideshare resource sponsored by the Maine Turnpike Authority and Maine Department of Transportation. These organizations have created a UNE-specific landing page for our faculty, staff, and students. Registering takes only minutes and a tip sheet is provided to help users search broad enough to find commuting partners, but narrow enough to make carpooling a pleasant experience for everyone. GO MAINE also offers rewards in the form of local vendor discounts and online coupons when users track their rideshares. An added bonus to carpooling to UNE is preferential parking spaces — see the car pool policy for faculty/staff or commuter students for more information.

Big Blue Goes Green Incentives

Bringing a car to campus is expensive. Parking permits cost $300 and parking spaces are not guaranteed. There are lots of ways to get around without bringing a car to campus. Additionally, first-year and transfer residential students (incoming fall classes only) who opt not to bring a car to campus may qualify for their choice of one of three financial incentives for leaving your car at home:

  • $300 Nor’easter dollars: Useable at select dining venues on and off campus
  • $300 Follett Gift Card: Useable at UNE Bookstore
  • $300 for ZipCar

*Note: Should you purchase a permit later, you will be billed for the cost of your incentive. Limited to your first year at UNE.

Zipcar Rideshare

UNE offers two Zipcars that can be rented online by the hour or the day. Gas and insurance are included. Parked at the Biddeford Campus Center parking lot, there's no fuss to find parking and they are conveniently located.

Zagster Bikeshare and Personal Bikes

UNE has partnered with Zagster to provide a bike sharing network on the Biddeford Campus. Users can register online for free access to the system with a UNE email address. Stations are located at the Campus Center, Decary Hall, Champlain Hall, Marcil Hall and The Alfond Forum.

If you have a bike, you can take advantage of our easily navigable campus and conveniently located bike racks. 

Buses

Nor'easter Express

Offering a regular schedule seven days a week, the Nor'easter Shuttle transports UNE faculty, 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.

visiting the Portland Campus?

UNE's Intercampus Connector is a coach service that runs between the Biddeford and Portland campuses, with stops at the Campus Center on the Biddeford Campus, Bishop Street lot on the Portland Campus, and exits 36 and 47 park and ride areas. It operates Monday through Friday while classes are in session from September to May. Free WiFi is available so riders can stay connected and productive. The schedule was developed with student schedules in mind for specific cohorts of large groups in programs that need to travel regularly between the two campuses. This service has the added benefit of reducing parking congestion and frustration on both campuses.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, but unlike gas stations for fossil fuel powered vehicles, there isn’t a charging station for electric vehicles on every corner between home and UNE. Since Maine’s electricity grid is powered by a minimum of 30% renewable energy sources, driving an electric vehicle emits less carbon than traditional vehicles. In an effort to encourage the expansion of this transportation alternative, UNE has installed two chargers with four designated parking spaces on each campus. Electric vehicle owners should contact the Sustainability Office to register their cars for the program. We require vehicle and contact information and a willingness to collaborate with other drivers to communicate and share the chargers. While charging is free, drivers will still need the required parking permits.