Commuter Services

Students behind information booth in front of Harrington Building

Commuter's Guide to Salem State University

Below is some important information related to the commuter lifestyle here at Salem State.  

To Learn about University Closing and Delayed Openings


Students, faculty and staff members are urged to use the following sources of information to get status updates as the university is very limited in what is reported via local television and radio stations.

Website: The university’s website homepage,, will carry emergency notifications and detailed updates of any changes from normal operations.

ConnectEd: The ConnectEd system is used to notify the campus community of emergency closings and other important information. Please update your contact information via Web Tools

On-Campus/Residence Halls: Salem State TV screens located throughout the campus will also post closing and delayed opening announcements.   

Social Media: Salem State will post updates regularly via our Facebook page and Twitter accounts.



Phone: if you are unable to get access to the website or check social media, please call the main campus switchboard. Please do this only as a last resort as we have a limited capacity for taking calls: 978.542.6000.

You may also tune into these television and radio stations:

WBZ-TV Channel 4

WCVB-TV Channel 5

WHDH-TV Channel 7

FOX Channel 25

WLVI-TV Channel 56

WBOQ FM 104.9

Delayed Opening: Regardless of media reports, a delayed opening means classes and work begin at 10:30 am.

Gassett Fitness Center, Intramurals and Club Sports

The Department of Athletics and Recreation serves the academic, intercollegiate, and recreational needs of the Salem State University community by providing a variety of educational, social, recreational, and athletic programs. The department strives to offer a total educational experience with quality opportunities that inspire, educate, motivate, and empower individuals to be positive contributors to Salem State University and the greater global community.  Work out in a state-of-the-art fitness facility and compete in a variety of sports offered by Intramurals and Club Sports!   


  • Check here for free and discounted passes to local museums. 
  • Catalog - Check to see if the book you need is available 
  • Search periodicals - Search through magazines, journals and newspapers for the information you need. 

University Police

  • Always around to help. Will try to help you if you locked your keys in the car. Also, available to jump your battery if they have time.
  • Inter-campus shuttle and escort service - Get around campus safely 
  • Parking - There is commuter parking on every campus.  The O'Keefe Center parking lot is the largest commuter parking lot.  Make sure you park in areas designated for commuters.   
  • Emergency phones  - Get in touch with Public Safety quickly 
  • RAD - Rape Aggression Defense Systems  
  • Learn how to better protect and defend yourself 
  • Operation ID - Have valuable property (including your vehicle) engraved in case it is stolen. 
  • Safety tips  
  • Lost and Found 
  • Special alerts
  • Consult with a lawyer - All undergraduate, full-time students have access to free consultations with an Student government Association (SGA) sponsored lawyer. Call SGA at 978.542.6079.


  • Visit the bookstore on Central Campus
  • Purchase books and merchandise online

Food Services

  • Food service is available on every campus!  Visit here for more information about locations and times.
  • The Commuter Meal Plan, which is mandatory for ALL first year students at Salem State University and is automatically given to all full-time (12 credits or more) day students, includes $265 dining dollars and $75 ClipperCash.



  • Salem State students are given first priority when enrolling new children into the program.


 Public Transportation

  • The semester T-pass is a program offered by the MBTA that allows university students to purchase a semester T-pass (4 monthly passes) at 11 percent off the regular price. In addition to the discount offered by the MBTA, Salem State will subsidize an additional 5 percent, resulting in a 16 percent savings for students who use the T regularly.  Visit the ClipperCard office or click here for more information.  

Student Organizations
  • At Salem State, there are opportunities all around you to get involved, stretch yourself and have fun doing it, too!  Joining a student organization is one of the easiest ways to meet people and enhance your college experience.  There's something for everyone!