“Moving to Maine” Guide for Graduate Students (2024)

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TheMoving to Maine Guide for Graduate Students was produced by the Department of Communication and Journalism’s Justice, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (J-IDEA) committee in 2024.

This document is intended to help inform your decision to move to Maine and enroll in the M.A. or Ph.D. program in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine.

Choosing to attend graduate school is a significant life decision and there are important considerations that will influence your experiences during and after your program. Here you will find important information about housing, transportation, and cost of living, addressing the following questions:

  • What is the cost of living and how do I plan for a monthly budget that will cover all of my expenses?
    • Importantly, the funding offer includes the stipend for 9 months, tuition, and partial health insurance but the total stipend amount is not likely going to cover your major expenses, so you will need to plan for additional sources of income.
  • How will I find and secure housing?
  • What are my transportation options in this rural area?


The Justice, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (J-IDEA) committee, composed of current faculty and graduate students, created this document as part of our commitment to promote transparency and access to information. While this document will likely be useful for all graduate students entering this program, this was designed specifically for international students who may need additional, cross-cultural information to inform the graduate school acceptance decision.

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