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FAQs

Will I get a confirmation before my class starts?

When you register for a class, you will receive an email confirmation. This is the only confirmation you will receive. Some, but not all, teachers will email their students a week or so before a class starts, but this doesn't always happen. Make sure to mark your calendar with the first day of class when you register so it doesn't sneak up on you! 

If a class doesn't have sufficient enrollment, we will notify you a week before the first scheduled class to let you know the class will be canceled. A full refund will be issued in this event. 

 

Where can I park during class?

Maine College of Art does not provide parking or validate parking. Some options are:

  • Street parking - the streets directly surrounding the college are metered, from 9-6pm, Monday through Saturday. If you don’t mind walking a small distance, you can park a few blocks away for unmetered street parking. A good place to start looking is Pleasant Street.

  • Parking Garages or Lots - We cannot validate any parking, but a few close options are:

    • Spring Street Parking Garage: (closest to MECA) 45 Spring St, (207) 874-2842

    • Fore River Parking: (two blocks away) 44 Spring St. (207) 772-7716

 

Do I get any discounts as a Continuing Studies Student?

 Yes! Take a copy of your registration confirmation (the email you received after registering), and show it to the cashier at Art Mart (517 Congress Street - right across the street from MECA), and you'll get a 10% discount off your purchase!

 

I'm from out of town, where should I stay in Portland?

The following hotels offer special rates for MECA students:

Holiday Inn by the Bay

88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

(207) 775-2311

Call for rates. Must ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate.

 

Hyatt Place Portland — Old Port

433 Fore Street, Portland ME, 04101

(207) 775-1000

Call for rates. Must ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate.

  

Where can I get coffee/breakfast/lunch while I'm at MECA?

 Portland has lots of amazing food. Here are a few places that are close to MECA:

  • Mr. Bagel - directly across the street from MECA on Congress St, get a cup of coffee, breakfast, a sandwich or salad! Open Mon-Fri, 7am-2pm

  • Otto’s - Gourmet pizza just a block away on Congress St. Get a slice to go, or dine in. Open every day, 11am-2am.

  • Public Market House - two floors with a diverse array of options. From soup to falafel or smoothies to pho, you’re sure to find something delicious! Located a few blocks down Congress St in Monument Square. Open Mon-Sat, 8am-7pm, and Sun 10am-5pm.
Depending on the time of year, the MECA Cafe might be open with coffee, breakfast, and lunch options. Located on the second floor. 

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