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Neighborhood Relations


Neighborhood Connections

Welcome neighbor! Salem State has been an integral part of the South Salem neighborhood for more than 115 years, and of the greater Salem community for over 150 years. We deeply value our relationships with our neighbors, the city of Salem, the greater North Shore, and beyond. 

We take great pride in our community connections, which are based on open communication and collaboration. Bookmark this site to stay current on campus projects, discussions from the Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee meetings and important resources available to you. President Keenan has made it his mission to maintain open exchanges with our neighbors. If you have a question or comment, please email us at We look forward to hearing from you.


Neighborhood Advisory Committee

The SSUNAC meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm in room 106B of the Enterprise Center located on Central Campus at 121 Loring Avenue.

Learn more about the Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee, including issues discussed at monthly meetings held between the city of Salem, the university and neighborhood representatives.


Campus Developments

Salem State University is committed to providing students both a high-quality education and a suitable environment for academic and personal growth. Through campus developments and capital improvements, the university can compete with the multitude of higher education options throughout Massachusetts, bringing students from cities and towns throughout the state, the country and the world to Salem.

To sign up for the neighborhood email list, please email:

Information about campus projects is available (North Campus Planning Study or the Campus Master Vision Report)

Contact the university police emergency hotline 24 hours a day/seven days a week at 978.542.6111 to report urgent issues regarding construction.


Snow Emergency Parking for South Salem Residents

During official, city declared snow emergencies that are announced via local media, a portion of Salem State’s O’Keefe Center parking lot on Canal Street is available to residents of the South Salem neighborhood. This is the only lot available. Please follow these instructions to obtain your permit and when parking:

  • South Salem residents who need off-street parking must register their vehicle in advance and obtain a NUMBERED VISITOR PARKING PERMIT. Please note: register at university police, which is located on Central Campus, 71 Loring Avenue. Please check parking office hours. You will need to provide the make, model and license plate number of your vehicle.
  • During snow emergencies, display permit in vehicle on your dashboard. Park only in area designated “DURING SNOW EMERGENCY MUNICIPAL PERMIT PARKING ONLY” near the Canal Street end of the O’Keefe Complex. No parking is allowed in spaces outside the designated area or in spaces marked “M” or “F”.
  • Vehicles must not enter the lot until the blue streetlights are flashing and must be removed from the lot immediately upon cancellation of the snow emergency, including evenings and weekends.
  • Only 100 permits will be issued on a first come/first served basis. Vehicles that do not display a permit, are parked outside the designated area or are not removed after the snow emergency has been cancelled, will be subject to citations and towing at owner’s expense.
  • Salem State University assumes no responsibility for damages to any vehicle or its contents by reason of fire, theft, vandalism, accident or other cause. All parking is at the vehicle owner’s risk.

Questions? Call Salem State University police at 978.542.6511.


*Snow emergencies are declared by the city and communicated through local media and signaled by blue flashing lights at major Salem intersections.  


Contact the emergency hotline 24 hours day/7 days a week at 978.542.6111 if you have a pressing concern regarding Salem State. Contact external affairs at or 978.542.7757.

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