Parking, Vehicle and Bike Registration

The Office of Safety and Security is responsible for campus parking management and the enforcement of campus parking regulations. 

Cars in a parking lot
We will make every attempt to provide a reasonable number of parking spaces for properly registered vehicles within the parking capacity of the campus.


In order to ensure the maximum utilization of the limited parking facilities on campus, all members of the Bowdoin community must adhere to our policies. Students, faculty, and staff bear the responsibility for advising their visitors of all college parking regulations and notices, including parking bans.

All persons using vehicles on the Bowdoin College campus, in areas either posted or not posted, are subject to all traffic laws as described in the Maine Motor Vehicle Law, M.R.S.A. Title 29-A.

Vehicle and Bicycle Registration

To park on campus all students, faculty, and staff must register their vehicle with security and display their parking decal.

Bowdoin College assumes no liability for damage to vehicles while parked on campus property

Parking Bans

The Office of Safety and Security will notify the campus community of any parking bans due to weather. Students, faculty, staff, and their guests parked in these areas during a ban may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Do not park in the following lots during parking bans:
Admissions Lot, Chamberlain Hall Lot, Cleaveland Street Lot, Coles Tower Drive, Dayton Lot, Dudley Coe Lot, Roux Center Lot, Maine Street Lots (Howell, Burnett, Helmreich, MacMillan, Quinby, Ashby), North Campus Drive, Polar Loop (Druckenmiller), Rhodes Hall (front and rear lots), Russwurm Lot, South Campus Drive, Stowe Inn (front lot). Always read your email for the banned lots as this list could change.

Leaving your car on campus during the winter? Make sure you are parked in a lot that is not part of the parking ban lots. For extended periods it is best to leave your car in the Farley lot.

The Town of Brunswick may also issue parking bans and we recommend signing up for automatic notification through the Brunswick Public Works Department.

Abandoned Vehicles

Vehicles that are determined to be abandoned will be towed at the owner's expense. If we have the owner's contact information we will reach out to the owner before towing.