University of Southern Maine

University of Southern Maine

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


The city of Portland boasts a world class art museum, great restaurants, the beautiful Old Port area and a bustling waterfront. Numerous sandy beaches are near and outlet shopping is just 20 minutes away. The University of Southern Maine has a new conference center in Portland, Maine. Located just off the peninsula, the Abromson Center has five, light-filled classrooms, two conference rooms and an impressive 512 seat auditorium. All space has state-of-the-art a.v. technology available. The building is beautiful and was designed specifically with events like conferences and meetings in mind. With easy access from I-295, there is an 1150 spot parking garage attached to the building making it so convenient for attendees coming from any direction.

Only 12 miles inland, USM’s Gorham campus is a more traditional New England style campus with rolling green hills and the village center a short 5 minute walk from campus. There are numerous residence halls, a large dining commons and classrooms and a spacious field house.

Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1000 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 100
  • Largest Theatre Style: 500
The Abromson Community Education Center
The Joel and Linda Abromson Center for Community Education provides a first class venue for the University of Southern Maine and community organizations. Specifically, the Abromson Center provides: The 500-seat Hannaford Lecture Hall (auditorium) that has advanced communication and presentation capabilities. Class room and meeting space for conferences, meetings, and events Free Parking in the attached parking garage for up to 1,050 guests Conference Services coordinates the day-to-day management of the facility, including the booking of space. Conference Services also provides comprehensive event planning services to ensure quality control and the efficient coordination of other service departments at USM (such as those provided by Catering Services, Facilities Management, Parking and Transportation, Instructional Technology and Media Services, etc.)
McGoldrick Center
The McGoldrick Center celebrates Portland’s maritime industry and the State’s forestry industry with diagonal mass timber framing, a corrugated metal façade, an interior stone fireplace and natural stained wood. The first floor features a lobby, the 254-seat dinning commons, the Double L Fireside Student Lounge, the University Store and the Husky Brew coffee bar and pub. The second floor has a 4,500-square-foot multi-purpose room seating up to 300 people( can break into 3 spaces) and hosts the Presidential dining room. The McGoldrick center is pursuing a LEED Gold certification include a 33.3-kW rooftop photovoltaic array, passive solar heating, and significant mass timber elements.

Food & Beverage Options

the "Foodiest" Small City in America
RESTAURANTS, PUBS, MICROBREWERIES & COFFEEHOUSES Greater Portland rivals most major metropolitan cities for culinary opportunity with a staggering number of restaurants. From creative to traditional New England, elegant to picnic tables, fresh seafood to vegetarian delights, the Greater Portland Casco Bay region offers an incredible dining experience.

Catering options

University of Southern Maine Catering
Feed your participants well – while staying in your budget. We highly recommend USMs catering services through Sodexo when hosting an event on campus. Select the perfect menu for your participants from a wide range of options. Whether it’s a simple coffee break, professional luncheon, cocktail reception or an elegant dinner, USM catering can do it all. The food is delicious and the presentation is impressive and polished. Visit for menu samples


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 500
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 700
Portland Commons
Portland commons opened in 2023 as one of the largest Passive House buildings in the nation. This is the first residence hall on the Portland campus adding 385 rooms and 564 beds. Portland Commons consists of mostly private hotel style single bedrooms with some family 2- and 4-bedroom options. All rooms have air conditioning with in room control. Scattered through the hall are rooms with dedicated kitchens and a common living room space. Portland commons has available meeting rooms, a common kitchen, common lounges, recycling rooms, and laundry facilities on each floor. The building is handicapped accessible and there is convenient parking just across the street in the parking garage that features the largest charging station in Maine. Settled in the heart of Portland, there are many restaurants and attractions within walking distance. If you choose to stay in, Portland commons is connected to the McGoldrick Center that has a dining facility and pub or you could take the elevator to the 8th floor sky lounge and admire the scenery of Casco Bay.
  • 385 Rooms
  • 564 Beds
  • Guest Wifi: Yes
Upperclass Hall
The Upperclass Hall opened Fall 2007 and it has the distinction of being the first LEED certified residence hall at USM. Upperclass Hall suites and apartments have air conditioning with complete in-room control. Every floor has lounges, recycling rooms, and laundry facilities. The building is handicapped accessible and there is convenient parking just behind the building. There is even a recreation room with a pool table, ping-pong, foosball, television and vending machines. Four person double suite bedrooms include two twin beds, two dressers, two desks and chairs, and two closets. Suite common areas include a couch and a chair, two micro-fridges, and a counter top with cabinets and a sink. Four person single apartment bedrooms come with a twin bed, dresser, desk, chair and closet. Apartment common areas include a full kitchen with full sized refrigerator, stove, oven, sink, microwave, plentiful cabinets and counter space, and a dining room table and four chairs. Bedrooms and common areas have high speed internet hookups.
  • 75 Rooms
  • 300 Beds
Phillippi Hall
Philippi Hall was built in 2001 and is the second newest of our residence halls. It is named after Dr. Harlan Philippi, the first Dean of USM Lewiston-Auburn College. Every single and double room comes with a closet, desk and chair, dresser, and bed for each occupant. Each room has a microfridge and high speed internet hookups. Double and single rooms are clustered in wings, and surround a central block of three single-user bathrooms. Suites include a common living area and a private, en suite bathroom. Common living areas contain a countertop, stainless sink, under counter cabinets, two microfridges and a couch. All windows have mini-blinds for privacy.
Hotels in the Portland Area
We have a long list and history with hotels in the area and can negotiate the best deals to meet your conference needs. Our sample listing below includes some of the many options for accommodations convenient to our Portland & Gorham campus. Clarion Hotel (Portland) Comfort Inn (Portland Airport) Courtyard by Marriot (Portland Airport) DoubleTree (Portland Airport) Eastland Park Hotel (Portland) Embassy Suites (Portland Airport) Hampton Inn (Portland Airport) Hilton Garden Inn (Portland Airport) Holiday Inn by the Bay (Portland) Inn by the Sea (Cape Elizabeth) Portland Regency Hotel (Portland) Portland Harbor Hotel (Portland) Pine Crest Inn (Gorham) Super 8 Motel (Westbrook)
  • 25-250 Rooms
  • 50-500 Beds

Featured Amenities

  • In-House Catering
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


USM Conference Services,
88 Bedford St, ,
Portland, Maine 04104

Nearby Airport

  • Portland Int'l Jetport - 10 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Portland Int'l Jetport - 10 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: Yes

Nearby Cities

Portland – 0|Boston – 110|Manchester, NH – 90

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes


USM Conference Services offers an award winning conference registration service and housing bureau. State of the art meeting technology. Wireless internet connection.


Liz and the team from USM were efficient, dependable, professional and fantastic. I just can't thank them enough for all they did for us. Liz was never more than an email away and helped so much in getting our European friends registered for the conference. With this in mind, when it was time to select someone to handle registration for the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) we turned to Liz and the USM Team. I know our conference registration will run smoothly and it's taken a huge load off my shoulders. Mellie Lewis, National Marine Educators Association Membership Chair and Florida Marine Science Educators Association Membership Secretary.
National Marine Educators Association


Award Winning Registration Service
USM Conference Services will help you manage the complex details of registration- before, during, and after your event. We have the technology, the customer service, and the expertise to anticipate your needs and help you avoid DIY disasters. We are certified as a One-Stop Shop and can support you from start to finish: Preparation for the Event Support During the Event Reporting Following the Event One-Stop Shop Certification Preparation for the Event Create a customized registration system Capture organization membership status, including new members and membership renewal Anticipate your data needs and include all relevant fields on your form Provide an easy-to-use, secure online registration process (MC, Visa, Discover) Accept P.O. #s and send invoices Support participants with customer service by phone and email Track participant meal preferences, workshops, and special events Register and track sponsors and exhibitors Confirm all registrations by email Produce customized nametags Assemble packets Provide conference reports Workshop rosters Participant lists Payment status Meal counts Attendee special needs


State of the art Technology
WiFi - Today’s conference attendees expect that they can use their laptops, smart phones, or iPads. When you have your event on campus you are guaranteed access to our wireless high-speed network. Your conference attendees can check their email, update their blogs, upload pictures, and post on Facebook or Twitter.
AV - We offer professional audio visual equipment with personal
attention, reliability, and support. We can coordinate:
Knowledgeable AV technicians
Projectors and screens
Computer equipment
Wired and wireless microphones
DVD Player and LCD monitors
CD Players
And much more
Polycom- We can coordinate Polycom service giving you the flexibility to meet and collaborate with colleagues and partners by simultaneous two-way video and audio transmission.