Living On Campus

Why Live on Campus?

Academic Success

Students who live on campus score higher on writing tests, academic autonomy, and interdependence than students who live off campus. There is greater opportunity to work collaboratively with your peers and develop increased motivation for academic success. Research shows that on-campus students have higher grades and are more likely to go on to graduate school.  


Living on campus puts you within walking distance of all your classes, the library, academic support services, the athletic complex, computer labs, the shuttle bus system, and your friends. The residence halls save you time and money by avoiding a lengthy commute each day.

Endless Events and Activities

Looking for something to do? There's always something happening in your residence hall lounge, at the Ellison Campus Center, the Mainstage Theatre, the O'Keefe Center, and more. Last year alone, over 550 programs and events were held in the residence halls, easily more than one a day. You pay for these activities through student fees, so why not take advantage of them?

Making Connections

When students are asked what they remember most about living in the residence halls, the first thing they say is "my friends." Living in a residence hall with 300-525 other students allows you to meet people who are different than you and develop life-long friendships. 

Safety and Security

The residence halls at Salem State have either 24-hour security desks or are locked 24/7 (at the Bates Complex) and are staffed with trained desk receptionists, resident assistants, and resident directors. Salem State has a comprehensive university police department located on campus that is dedicated to fostering a safe environment in which students can live and study.


All the residence halls are well-maintained with exceptional services. The Salem State maintainer and carpenter staff are top-notch and respond to concerns quickly. In addition, all the residence halls offer laundry and vending service, which accept the ClipperCard so students never have to leave the comfort of their hall to clean their clothes or grab a snack.


All residence life student staff go through intensive training programs in order to support students who are transitioning to college or dealing with a variety of issues. Our resident director staff has master's degrees in higher education or a related field. Our graduate staff coordinate activities and programs designed to help students learn to study better, develop communication skills, make healthy decisions, become better leaders, and more. There is always someone to support you when you need to talk.

Housing info for 2015-2016 Academic Year coming soon!

Forget signing a 12 month apartment lease this summer! Instead move into one of Salem State’s residence halls this fall. Rooms are still available across campus. Contact residence life today!