July 19, 2020–Student Parking Information

Good morning new students,

Congratulations and welcome to Bowdoin.

Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, the College has chosen to forego its first-year student vehicle prohibition and permit first-year students to have cars on campus during the fall 2020 semester, specifically to facilitate timely departures from campus should a campus closure become necessary.

All student vehicles must be registered with the College and display a current student parking decal. Online student vehicle registration opens on Monday, August 3. The cost for a fall semester parking decal is $50, which is billed to your student account. Your parking decal will be sent to your Smith Union mailbox. Place the decal on the right side of the rear bumper.

To help prevent the spread of the virus and keep our campus and local community safe, we have placed special restrictions on first-year student vehicle use and we must have your cooperation and compliance.
  • Registered first-year student vehicles must park in the Farley Field House parking lot only. This parking lot is located on Watson Drive (off Harpswell Road). Please park on the north end of the lot closest to the tennis courts.
  • Non-essential travel is prohibited. First-year students are not permitted to use their cars on campus other than to unload on arrival day (Saturday, August 29) and to drive to the Farley Field House student parking lot. For example, discretionary vehicle use, i.e., driving to class or to a dining hall, is not permitted.
  • To maintain physical distancing, a student driver may not carry non-family passengers unless the vehicle is being used to depart campus at the end of fall semester.
  • First-year students may not park on Brunswick town streets.
  • First-year students are not permitted to have motorcycles, mopeds, or motor scooters on campus. In addition, hoverboards or similar electronic devices are not permitted.
Campus parking regulations are strictly enforced. Fines for violations range from $25 - $200. Habitual violators will face disciplinary action, including revocation of campus parking privileges.

If you have questions about student parking, please contact Kelly Irving, administrative coordinator, Office of Safety and Security, 207-725-3458.

Thank you. Your help is greatly appreciated.


Randy Nichols
Executive Director
Office of Safety and Security
Bowdoin College
6040 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
Tel: 207-725-3474
Fax: 207-798-7025