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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 housing@salemstate.edu.

Option A

Personal Microwave and Refrigerator

Refrigerator (cannot exceed 700 watts or less, 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 microfridge.com. Units will be delivered directly to your room after move-in! You also purchase a MicroFridge from a retailer of your choosing.

Residence Hall Linens


Residence Hall Linens Information

Salem State University has been offering the Residence Hall Linens program since 1993. Students at Salem State require specially-sized sheets, mattress pads and comforters to fit campus mattresses. These beds, which are longer than 76 inches, are intended to maximize student comfort.

When you reserve your college bedding through this program, you ensure the right size linens for move-in. The selection is larger than you will find anywhere else, at prices that are budget-friendly. Best of all, every product available through this program is guaranteed to fit and guaranteed to last from move-in all the way to graduation. Extra-long sheets, extra-long mattress pads, extra-long comforters, pillows, décor, and storage solutions and all other products are backed by this guarantee. 

Care Packages


Information about Care Packages

For years, Salem State University has been offering the care package program to every student. We know the perfect time to send each package through the semester, just when your student really needs a boost. Help us reach our goal of making sure every student gets a care package this year. We have a great selection of options that will send your message and make your student smile. Despite the miles, you can help remind then just how much you care.

Preparing for Your Move to Campus

What you should bring with you and what you should leave at home

  • What to Bring


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


    • Bath towels and washcloths
    • Bathrobe
    • Shower caddy
    • Personal hygiene products


    • Clothes
    • 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, one per every two students)*
    • Coffee maker (automatic shut-off required)
    • Computer or laptop
    • Surge protector
    • Television (40” or smaller)
    • Stereo and speakers
    • DVD player
    • 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
    • Framed photos
    • Photo albums
    • Yearbooks
    • Memo boards
    • Batteries
    • Flashlight
    • 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

    *Per facilities, students living in Bowditch, Peabody and Marsh halls can only have one microwave and one refrigerator (or one microfridge) per every two students.

  • What to Leave at Home

    In an effort to help ease the process of moving into college, the items below are suggestions for things to leave at home as you move to Salem State University.

    • Decals, metal signs, and stickers
    • Darts and dartboards
    • Christmas trees, menorahs with candles, Kwanza candles, and similar decorations that could be fire hazards (students should speak with their resident director to find appropriate spaces to celebrate their traditions)
    • Loft and platform beds
    • Bed raisers
    • TV wall mounts
    • Extra furniture (futon, couch, wooden furniture, bean bag chairs, or inflatable furniture)
    • Candles
    • Incense
    • Space heaters
    • Electrical appliances with exposed heating elements, including toasters, toaster ovens, coffeemakers, hot plates, deep fryers, and soldering irons*
    • Extension cords
    • Multi-prong non-circuit break plug extenders
    • Halogen lamps
    • Octopus lamps
    • Major appliances (washer, dryer and dishwasher)
    • Pets, with the exception of fish
    • Grills (charcoal or gas)
    • Air conditioners
    • Microwaves (over 700 watts)
    • Refrigerators (over 700 watts,
      10 amps or 4 cubic feet)
    • Water coolers
    • TVs over 40”
    • Drugs/Paraphernalia (narcotics and marijuana)
    • Marijuana storage
    • Alcohol containers (decorative or otherwise) or paraphernalia (for example: bottles, cans, funnels, leg taps, and so on
    • Weapons of any kind
    • Dangerous or caustic chemicals
    • Hookahs
    • Hoverboards



Residence Life Policies

  • 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.
  • 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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