Mail and Shipping

Post Office Boxes

In order to receive mail on campus, all students are required by U.S. postal regulations to have a U.S. post office box. U.S. mail sent to you at Yale without your post office box number will be subject to delay in delivery, and in some cases will be returned to the sender. There is no direct delivery by U.S. mail to Yale buildings, so do not include the street address of your residential college or dormitory on packages sent by U.S. mail.

All letters and packages to your post office box should be addressed according to the following sample:

Your Name
Yale University
Your P.O. Box Number
New Haven, CT 06520

Letters and packages sent by U.S. mail can be picked up at the Yale Station post office, 206 Elm Street, during regular operating hours.

Activating Your Yale Station P.O. Box

If you are an international student, you must use a USA address and use a USA  credit card to apply on line. If you do not have a USA credit card, you must apply at the post office when you arrive to New Haven.

Complete an online application at www.usps.com

  • Click on Manage Your Mail
  • Click on Reserve or Renew a Post Office Box
  • Click on Get Started
  • Under Search by ZIP Code enter 06520 – Click Search, and apply under:

Yale Station
206 Elm Street
New Haven CT 06511

  • Select Size #1 and click on either the option payment for 6 months at $31 or 12 Months at $62. – Click Continue
  • Under New to USPS.com, click on Sign Up Now to set up your online account.

Enter all requested information, including your e-mail address. A confirmation letter will be sent to you via e-mail. Remember to print out a copy of your completed Form 1093 application and e-mail confirmation and bring both to the Yale Station post office, along with two forms of identification, to activate your post office box when you arrive in August.

If you have questions regarding online applications, use the online chat service, call USPS customer service at 800 275-8777, or call the U.S. Post Office at Yale Station at 203 773-3454.

Shipment of Personal Effects

We recommend that you bring with you your most important items (including athletic uniforms). Items that you cannot bring with you may be shipped by U.S. mail, United Parcel Service (UPS), or motor freight carrier. There is no storage space on campus, so please plan accordingly.

Shipments before the Beginning of Fall Term

United Parcel Service (UPS) shipments made through UPS to coincide with freshman arrival at Yale can be picked up at Yale Student Receiving Center located at 143 Elm Street. The schedule will be available in August.

You will receive an email when your package is scanned at Yale Student Receiving Center. Due to limited space, please pick up your package(s) within 24 hours. Unclaimed packages will be returned to sender.

Consult your local UPS office or call 800 742-5877 for information about the timing of your shipment and proper methods of packaging. It is best to send all of your packages at the same time for shipment integrity and efficient delivery. Do not ship before Friday, August 8. Address all UPS packages following the sample below:

Your Name
Yale University
Your Residential College Name*
New Haven, CT 06520

**Include your college address below your college name only if required by the local UPS shipping office: Berkeley College, 205 Elm Street; Branford College, 74 High Street; Calhoun College, 189 Elm Street; Davenport College, 275 Park Street; Timothy Dwight College, 345 Temple Street; Jonathan Edwards College, 68 High Street; Morse College, 304 York Street; Pierson College, 261 Park Street; Saybrook College, 242 Elm Street; Silliman College, 505 College Street; Ezra Stiles College, 302 York Street; Trumbull College, 241 Elm Street.

If you decide to use a motor freight carrier, you should make your own arrangements with the carrier of your choice. Please make sure that you discuss the details of storage and the pickup of your belongings with your carrier.

If you need to send a package via FedEx or DHL, contact your residential college master's office. Address your FedEx or DHL package as follows:

[Student's Name as in Yale e-mail (include middle initial if applicable)]
Street Address of Residential College
Box [Student's P.O. box number]
New Haven, CT 06520-[Last 4 digits of P.O. box number]

Shipments after Fall Term Begins

During the academic year, UPS packages are delivered to 143 Elm Street. Students receive e-mail to alert them when a package arrives.