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On-Campus Parking Guide for Students


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Student Parking Permits and Passes

First-year resident students cannot park on campus.

Due to space constraints on campus, resident students are not guaranteed the ability to purchase a decal. Sophomore, junior and senior resident students enter a parking lottery in May and June. Information about the resident student parking lottery is sent via Salem State email to all eligible students.

Parking decals for both commuters and the resident students are available for purchase online through Navigator (under the "Campus Life" tile). Decal purchases become available in August for the new academic year. Once you purchase your decal, you will receive a temporary parking pass via email valid for 10 days while your decal is shipped.

Student Parking Permit Fees

Commuter: $10/semester, $20/year
Resident, Atlantic/Peabody Lots: $275/semester, $550/year
Resident, Bates Lot: $250/semester, $500/year
Resident, Marsh Lot: $200/semester, $400/year

Transferring or Returning Your Parking Decal

To transfer a decal, email with your decal number and the information of your new vehicle. If you are able to successfully transfer your decal to your new vehicle, you may do so. If you require a replacement sticker, you must visit the University Police department. The cost for a replacement sticker is $5 and is payable by check or ClipperCash.

By default, Salem State University does not offer refunds for parking decals. However, the university also understands that there can be unique situations that require further review. If you feel your situation qualifies; please download, complete, and email a copy of this form to for review.

To be considered, requests for a refund must be submitted no later than May 1 of the school year in which you are seeking a refund.

Short-Term Passes for Temporary Vehicles

If you need to drive a vehicle different from your regularly permitted car to campus, you must obtain a temporary pass from university police. If you’re able to give 48 hours notice at, the parking office can e-mail you a temporary pass. For last-minute requests, please visit university police on central campus.

Overnight Parking

Commuters and overnight guests of resident students must obtain a temporary one-day permit to park on campus overnight. Obtain a permit by visiting the police department on Central Campus. Parking hours may be amended during special events or final exam periods. Overnight passes expire at 7 am the following morning.


Parking Regulations

Parking and Traffic Regulations and Fines

All vehicles parked on university property must be permitted and parked within the area the coincides with the vehicle’s permit. All persons parking on Salem State University property do so at their own risk. Salem State University is not responsible for theft or damage to your vehicle. Lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables in plain view. Designated parking areas are for authorized and permitted parking only with limited exceptions for special events. Visit our policies page for parking and traffic rules and fines.

Paying or Appealing a Parking Ticket

If you receive a parking ticket, you must either pay or appeal the ticket online within 21 days. Payments made online will immediately update in your record. Appeals will receive a response within 30 days. A $5 charge will be added to parking fines if your appeal is not granted. 

Snow Emergencies

Resident students may be asked to move their vehicles to designated areas to allow for plowing. Students are asked to pay close attention to announcements from university police and residence life staff during snow emergencies. Learn more about snow emergency protocols.

Contact the Parking Office

E-mail or call 978.542.7096 for more information.


Student Parking Areas

Review our campus map

Commuters may only park in any areas marked with “C” signage.

The largest commuter parking areas on campus are the North Campus parking garage and the O’Keefe Complex lot. Both are within a 5-10 minute walk to buildings on north and central campus. Current commuter students can access the garage gate with their ClipperCards. E-mail with any issues accessing the garage.

Commuter parking is also available on South Campus behind the Harrington Building. There are a limited number of commuter spaces on Central Campus, across from the Bertolon School of Business.

  • Students with this permit must park in the Central Campus lot nearest to Atlantic Hall. 
  • There are four spaces reserved for short-term drop-off and pick-up. Parking in these spaces is limited to a 30-minute maximum.
  • Students with this permit can park in one of the 100 spaces in the O’Keefe Complex main lot in the area closest to Canal Street. 
  • There are an additional 20 spaces located in the Pacific Street lot. This lot is accessed off Broadway, behind the Salem Firehouse. The lot abuts the rear of the Alumni Field.
  • Resident students with this permit must park in spaces marked by signs with “B” in the Harrington lot located on South Campus adjacent to the Bates Complex.   
  • In the event the resident student spaces in the main Harrington lot are full then students with this permit are permitted to park in the small upper lot. This lot is a mixed-use lot marked for both Bates resident students and commuter students. 
  • Resident students with this permit must park in the North Campus Parking Garage above in spaces above the second floor. Your ClipperCard will open the access gate. If your ClipperCard does not open the gate then you must send an email to
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