Student Parking

To park on campus, student vehicles must display a valid Bowdoin student parking decal. The semester cost to register a motor vehicle is $50.

Student parking sign


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 first-year 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 social 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.


  •  Upperclass student vehicle registration for FALL SEMESTER ONLY starts on August 3, 2020.
  • Attach your registration decal to right rear bumper.

  • Upperclass student vehicles on campus must park in designated student parking lots during business hours, Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All student parking lots are marked with a student parking sign.

    • 52 Harpswell
    • Brunswick Apartments
    • Farley/Watson
    • Mayflower Apartments
    • Reed House
    • Smith House
    • Stowe Inn - front lot (first two rows as signed) and back lot.

  • Students may park in faculty/staff/visitor lots Monday-Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and on weekends.
  • Vehicles may only park in parking spaces in areas designated by signage and white painted lines that are not restricted spaces (i.e., fire lanes, disabled person spaces, painted diagonal lines, and specially signed spaces.)
  • Revocation of Privileges: The accrual of six or more parking violations during an academic year may result in loss of campus parking privileges.
  • Parking rules are always in force unless you are notified by the executive director of safety and security.
  • Snow Parking Bans: The Executive Director of Safety and Security will notify all students and employees by email of campus and town parking bans. A vehicle parked in violation of a ban may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
For further information, questions, or special accommodations regarding parking at Bowdoin, contact Kelly Irving at the Office of Safety and Security, 207-725-3458.