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Preparing for Your Move to Campus


  • 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)* - please see information about our MicroFridge program below. 
  • 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.

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, water beds, wooden furniture, bean bag chairs, or inflatable furniture, bookshelves, concrete blocks and bricks, and wooden trunks)
    • The only furniture allowed in a room or apartment is the furniture provided by the university. Altering furniture (such as removing closet doors or bed frame legs), stacking furniture, placing a mattress directly on the floor, moving furniture off the floor, or blocking entrances is strictly prohibited. In addition, lounge furniture may not be removed from the lounges or common areas, as these items are intended for everyone’s use. A $50 removal fine will be levied on all occupants of a room each time a piece of lounge furniture is found in the room or apartment. Room furniture may never be removed. Should a roommate move out, their university-issued furniture must remain in the room. Students will be charged for any furniture that is lost, missing, damaged, or that needs to be reassembled.

  • Candles and incense
    • Candles and incense are strictly prohibited from the residence halls, as they pose a significant fire risk. Residents are not allowed to possess any candles, including those of a decorative nature. This also includes candles that have not been burned. Possession of candles and incense on campus could result in loss of housing! Residents found in violation will be directed to correct the violation and remove the item immediately. Residence life will hold illegal items for residents for a maximum of two weeks and then dispose of them if residents do not remove them from the building. Repeat violations will result in administrative or student conduct action.
  • Space heaters
  • Electrical appliances with exposed heating elements, including toasters, toaster ovens, coffeemakers, hot plates, deep fryers, soldering irons, and hot pots without on/off switches
  • 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



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 collegerefrigerators.com. Units will be delivered directly to your room after move-in! You also purchase a MicroFridge from a retailer of your choosing.

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.




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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