Parking at Bowdoin

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

Cars in a parking lot


July 1, 2024 Paving at Farley Parking lot. Review the picture to the right and do not park in the areas in marked in yellow starting July 1st, 2024. This project should take 2-3 weeks. Vehicles parked in this area will be towed if we cannot contact the owner.

Parking management is essential to the smooth operation of the College. Parking areas are clearly marked with signage designating faculty/staff/visitor, student, and visitor-only parking. We appreciate your compliance with our parking regulations.

The Office of Safety and Security enforces parking regulations, mainly during business hours (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday). Students must park in student parking lots during these times to avoid receiving a parking ticket. Please avoid the unauthorized use of disabled person and service/emergency parking spaces.

Students may use faculty/staff/visitor parking lots and the Russwurm (Afro-Am) visitor-only lot on weeknights and weekends. One exception is the admissions (Burton-Little) parking area on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, which is reserved for people attending campus tours.

All student and employee vehicles must display a valid Bowdoin parking decal to park on campus.

Questions about campus parking may be directed to administrative coordinator Kelly Irving at 207-725-3458, or to the Safety and Security communications center at 207-725-3314.


Vehicle and Bicycle Registration

Bowdoin College assumes no liability for vehicles parked on campus property. We recommend locking vehicles, parking in well-lighted areas, and not keeping valuable property visible and accessible inside parked vehicles.

Parking Bans

The Office of Safety and Security will notify the campus community via email of College and Town of Brunswick parking bans due to inclement weather. Vehicles parked in violation of parking bans 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, Coffin Street lot, Coles Tower Drive, Dudley Coe lot, Maine Street lots (Howell, Burnett, Helmreich, MacMillan, Quinby, Boody-Johnson/Ashby), North Campus Drive, Polar Loop (Druckenmiller), Barry Mills Hall/Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies lot, Rhodes Hall (front and rear lots), Roux Center for the Environment lot, Russwurm lot, South Campus Drive, Stowe Inn (front lot).

Students may park in any designated student parking lot during parking bans, including the Farley Field House lot, the Watson Arena parking lot, and the Brunswick Apartments parking lots.

Although the College will notify students and employees of Town of Brunswick parking bans, we recommend signing up for automatic notification.

Town of Brunswick bans pertains to: ALL PUBLIC STREETS, including Park Row, Maine Street, College  Street, Noble Street, Potter Street, Union Street, Page Street, McKeen Street, Boody Street, Belmont Street, Oakland Street, South Street, Longfellow Avenue, Coffin Street, Bath Road, Federal Street, Cleaveland Street, Sills Drive, Harpswell Road, Garrison Street, Bowker Street and Pine Street.