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City of Salem

Salem State students in front of the FRIENDSHIP along the ocean in Salem

Hip, Historic, Seaside City of Salem

Salem State is located in the vibrant city of Salem where there is always something to do and Boston is just 30 minutes away.

Visiting One of Salem State’s Campuses


Prior to your visit, it's recommended that you view and print our campus map.

Driving directions from several different routes are available. Please set your GPS to:

  • For North Campus use 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • For Central Campus use 71 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
  • For South Campus use 11 Harrison Road, Salem, MA 01970
  • For the O'Keefe Athletic Complex use 225 Canal Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • For Cat Cove Marine Lab use 92 Fort Avenue in Salem, MA 01970
  • If navigating to the 287 Lafayette Street building (social work and international programs), please set your GPS to the O'Keefe Athletic Complex and use 225 Canal Street, Salem, MA 01970 as your destination. Then walk up Forest Avenue (far end of the parking lot) and turn left onto Lafayette, cross using the pedestrian walkway and 287 will be on your right. There is no parking available at the 287 Lafayette Street building.

Public Transportation

There is a bus and rail MBTA station located 1.5 miles from the university. You may take Newburyport/Rockport commuter train and depart at the Salem station. If you don't want to walk from the station there are often cabs available and Salem State provides a free shuttle to/from the MBTA station to campus.

You may also take the #450 or #455 buses from Haymarket Square in Boston. Visit the MBTA's bus schedules page for more information.

Salem State provides a free shuttle to/from the MBTA station to campus.

The first course of action is to go to the parking and traffic office at the university police station, which is located on Central Campus. You can get a visitor pass for the day that will instruct you to park in a commuter spot.

You can also email to get a temporary pass sent to them through email.

The campus map indicates where handicapped and metered spaces are located.

You may also get parking information from the person or department that you are meeting with that day.

Modern Amenities Surrounded by History

If you’re looking to enjoy your conference experience, the city of Salem is the place to be and Salem State offers summer housing, conference, meeting, and hospitality options. 

Join us at Salem State this summer for all that our historic seaport has to offer. Historic sites and museums, including one of the nation’s 20 largest collections of art. Restaurants, shopping and waterfront activities. Beaches, parks and scenic areas. 

All these activities and experiences are just a few of the reasons why Salem State should be your summer destination. And, as our campus is within 15 miles to Boston by car or public transportation, it just makes sense to have your event or stay here. 

Explore our summer conference and hospitality services.

Salem State University is committed to equal accommodation and access for students, staff and visitors, and encourages all to participate in its programs and activities. People who anticipate needing accommodations due to a disability, or who have questions about access, may contact disability services at

There are dining facilities on both North Campus and Central Campus (Marsh Hall). There are food options at Harrington Building (South Campus) and the O’Keefe Sports Complex but on a much smaller scale with limited hours of operation. There is the Salem Diner located on Loring Avenue across from Bertolon School of Business.

Meier Hall on North Campus has a Dunkin Donuts located on the first floor. There is a Starbucks located in Viking Hall on Central Campus.

There is also a convenience store with limited food options called Out Takes located in Marsh Hall on Central Campus.

Where can I get money on campus?

There is an ATM machine located in the lobby of the Bertolon of Business on Central Campus and there is an Eastern Bank located across the street from Central Campus.


Is there a lost and found on campus?

Please contact university police at Central Campus to make inquiries: 978.542.6511


Is the Berry Library open to the public? 

Yes, the library is accessible to the public and guests are invited to use the facilities and services provided there.


What if I need a pharmacy while visiting campus?

A CVS is located across the street from Central Campus.

Founded in 1626, Salem, the “City of Peace”, is a small city with a big history. It is the second incorporated city in Massachusetts (April, 1836) and the second oldest settlement in New England (settled four years before the settlement of Boston).

While Salem has been long known as the “Witch City” due to the notable witch trials of 1692, Salem also played a prominent part in Revolutionary times and was an active leader of several Massachusetts industries. In the early part of the 19th century, Salem’s ships were pioneers in the India trade and opened up commerce with Africa, China, Russia, Japan and Australia. In Salem are found mansions that belonged to some of the country’s first millionaires, the birthplace of celebrated author Nathaniel Hawthorne and 18.5 miles of tidal shoreline.

Salem is a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly city where its residents, and over a million tourists annually, can easily visit historic architecture, unique attractions, world famous museums, and an eclectic mix of shops and dining options. And, with easy access to public transportation—including direct access to Boston—Salem is a great city in which to live, work and study. 

The university is located in the region of Salem known as South Salem and has strong ties to its neighborhood. After the purchase of the parcel now known as the Canal Street parking lot, the city’s mayor with the agreement of the university president re-established the Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee (SSUNAC). The SSUNAC includes the city councilors serving South Salem, and representatives of the university and neighbors. The group meets monthly to update the community on work of the university and to discuss/receive input into campus development. Additionally, the current president has regular meetings with the elected leadership of the city. The current process of communication has proved very beneficial in furthering the goal of the university to remain a good neighbor within its neighborhood.

The city, a leader in inclusiveness, has an active No Place For Hate Committee that includes members from the university community. The committee is dedicated to promoting acceptance of diversity and combating discrimination. It is dedicated to mobilizing citizens to challenge bigotry and to promote a prejudice-free community in which all people are respected, understood and appreciated for their differences. Their primary goal is to be a resource to the city of Salem by providing support and education on diversity issues. They seek to protect the promise of equal justice and civil rights for all members of the community.

Furthering its commitment to social justice, the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice was established in 1992, the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Award Foundation’s mission is to recognize, honor and perpetuate the commitment to social justice and human rights of individuals and organizations whose work is proven to have alleviated discrimination or promoted tolerance. The university president serves as honorary co-chair of this award committee along with the mayor of the city.


Visit Destination Salem to discover why our city is a great place to live, play and study!

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