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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 United States Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express (FedEx), DHL, or motor freight carrier.  There is no storage space on campus, so please plan accordingly.

Shipments before the Beginning of Fall Term

UPS, DHL, and Fed Ex can be picked up at Yale Student Receiving Center located at 135 Prospect Street. The schedule will be available in August.  You cannot ship your items via the United Stations Postal Service (USPS) before your arrival to campus. See “Shipments after Fall Term Begins” below.

You will receive an email when your UPS, DHL, or Fed Ex package is scanned at Yale Student Receiving Center.  Due to limited space, please pick up your package(s) within 24 hours after you arrive to campus. Unclaimed packages will be returned to sender.

Consult your local delivery service office 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, DHL, and Fed Ex packages following the sample below:

(Your Name) 
Yale University 
(Your Residential College Name)
135 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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.

Shipments after Fall Term Begins
Post Office Boxes

In order to receive United States Postal Service (USPS) 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 or the Yale Station street address 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
206 Elm Street, # ____ (your post office box number)
New Haven, CT 06520-____ (the last 4 digits of you post office box #)

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.

When you rent a Yale Station post office box you can receive additional services for free - street addressing, real mail notification services, and signature on file services. Click here to read about the free services for post office box holders.

If you want the free services for your post office box, click here for the form. Print and complete the form and bring it with you to one of the Mobile Units on campus.

Mobile units will be located on High Street, between Chapel and Elm Streets. 

  • If your last name begins with A-L go to Mobile Unit 1.  
  • If your last name begins with M-Z go to Mobile Unit 2.  
Applying for a Yale Station Post Office Box

If you are an international student, you must use a United States of America 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.

To apply for a post office box:

Complete an online application at

  • 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 06520

  • 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, 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 Mobile Units along with two forms of identification, to activate your post office box when you arrive in August.  Mobile units will be located on High Street, between Chapel and Elm Streets. If your last name begins with A-L go to Mobile Unit 1. If your last name begins with M-Z go to Mobile Unit 2.

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.