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Preparing for Your Move to Campus


  • Extra-long twin sheet sets
  • Blankets, quilts or comforters
  • Pillow and pillowcases
  • Mattress pad
  • Mattress cover


  • Bath towels and washcloths
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower caddy
  • Hygiene products
  • Personal grooming products
  • Flip Flops or Sandals for Shower


  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Storage tubs and organizers
  • Desk lamp with an Energy Star bulb
  • Alarm clock
  • Microwave (700 Watts or less)*
  • Refrigerator (no more than 700 Watts, 10 amps, or 4 cubic feet) unless you live in Viking Hall, as one is provided by the institution.
  • Coffee maker (automatic shut-off required)
  • Laptop
  • Surge protector
  • Television
  • Stereo and speakers
  • HDMI Cord
  • Notebooks and binders
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Scissors, tape, stapler
  • Calendar
  • Calculator
  • Backpack
  • Books
  • Medical supplies
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medication
  • Flu/cold over the counter medicines
  • Insurance card
  • Area rugs
  • Posters
  • Mirror
  • Framed photos
  • Batteries
  • Bike and lock
  • University paperwork
  • Insurance paperwork
  • Bank information
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dish and laundry detergent
  • Disinfectant sprays
  • Broom, mop, bucket, vacuum
  • Tissues, and paper towels
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Fan
  • Air Freshener
  • Speakers for stereos should be of a reasonable size, and subwoofers and amplifiers are strongly discouraged. If a resident does use these items, s/he may be asked to lower the volume if it disturbs other residents or the noise level is inappropriate.
  • Tapestries and similar hangings are not allowed to cover a door, the majority of a wall above a bed, or hanging from the ceiling as this could present a fire/safety hazard.
  • Decals, metal signs
  • Duct tape and tacks (items that could potentially damage the walls)
  • Darts and dartboards
  • Live Christmas trees
  • Loft and platform beds
  • Bed raisers
  • TV wall mounts
  • Candles and incense
  • Space heaters
  • Weapons of any kind, items capable of producing projectiles, or any dangerous item (e.g knives, switchblades, etc.). 
  • Dangerous or caustic chemicals
  • Hookahs
  • Hoverboards
  • Extension Cords
  • Halogen/Octopus Lamps
  • Residents may possess upholstered furnishings that carry a label of California Test TB 117**
  • Grills (charcoal or gas)
  • Air conditioners
  • Electrical appliances with exposed heating elements, including toasters, toaster ovens, coffeemakers, hot plates, deep fryers, soldering irons, and hot pots without on/off switches (Allowed in apartments)
  • Pets (with the exception of fish and those permitted under the American Disabilities Act/service animals) in no bigger than a 10-gallon tank.
  • Microwaves (over 700 watts)
  • Refrigerators (over 700 watts, 10 amps or 4 cubic feet)
  • In Viking Hall, students are not permitted to bring refrigerators as there is one provided by Salem State University.
  • Water coolers
  • Drugs/Paraphernalia (narcotics/ recreational or/and medical marijuana)
  • Marijuana storage
  • Alcohol containers (decorative or otherwise) or paraphernalia (for example bottles, cans, funnels, leg taps, and so on.)

Information about Microfridges at Salem State

Because of the electrical system in the residence halls, microwaves have typically not been allowed in student’s rooms. In an effort to allow microwaves that will not overload the electrical system, we have researched the following options which are the only way a microwave will be allowed in student’s room. 

All microwaves will be inspected to confirm compliance with options A or B. Failure to meet requirements will result in microwave or refrigerator being turned away at move-in.

Please contact residence life with any questions at 978.542.6416 or

Option A

Personal Microwave and Refrigerator

Refrigerator (cannot exceed 700 watts, 10 amps or 4 cubic feet) and a microwave (700 watts or less) but we ask that you do not operate them at the same time to help reduce potential issues within the residence halls.

A power strip or surge protector does not meet requirements to allow a microwave into the residence halls.

Option B


Rent a MicroFridge by calling 1.800.637.7567, or visiting Units will be delivered directly to your room after move-in! You can also purchase a MicroFridge from a retailer of your choosing.



Residence Life Policies

The university is not responsible for any damage or theft of your personal belongings, for any reason. Be sure you protect your valuables with your family's homeowners insurance or by purchasing renter's insurance. The university provides information and recommends a theft and fire insurance company.

In addition to these items, please be review the full listing of residence life's policies

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