Student Mail and Shipping


Shipments During the Fall Term

UPS, DHL, and Federal Express packages can be picked up at:

  • Yale Student Receiving Center located at 250 Church Street, Lower Level.
  • Hours of operation:  10 a.m to 4 p. m. Monday to Friday. 

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.

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 18. Address all UPS, DHL, and Fed Ex packages following the sample below:

(Your Name) 
Yale University 
250 Church Street, Lower Level
New Haven, CT 06510-1714

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.

Mail Delivery

Post Office Boxes (to be used after you arrive to campus)
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. You cannot ship your items to the US post office until you activate your post office box number. Follow the instructions below to obtain a post office box number that you can activate after you arrive to campus. Packages mail to 250 Church Street should have bar code, all other  packages will be return to sender, if there is no bar code on the package.

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.

Avoid Lost or Delayed Mail:

All letters and packages to your Post Office Box should be addressed according to the following sample:

(Your Name)
206 Elm Street
P. O. 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.

P.O. Boxes and Summer Break

Any student who is going to receive mail or packages while at Yale, must use their U.S. Post Office box. No mail should be addressed to your residential college. Using a Yale Station P.O. Box guarantees that letters and packages, including UPS and FedEx, will get to one location without delay. If you do not have a box, visit Yale Station today and sign up for one. During your time at Yale, you will keep the same box number.
Before summer break, be sure to empty the P.O. Box and submit a Change of Address Card to Yale Station, 206 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06520.
Graduating Seniors Take Note:
After Commencement and before you leave for home, please be sure your post office box has been emptied and submit a Change of Address card to Yale Station, 206 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06520.

For more information, call (203) 436-4592 or email

Applying for a Yale Station Post Office Box; (USPS only)
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 for a post office box. If you do not have a USA credit card, go to one of the mobile units on High Street, between Chapel and Elm Streets, after you arrive to campus, to apply for a post office box.

You can apply online for a post office box over the summer but you cannot mail shipments to your post office box until after you arrive to campus (see below). If you need to ship your items to campus over the summer, use one of the carriers noted above in the section, Shipments Before the Beginning of the Fall Term.

To apply online for a post office box:
Complete an online application at www.

  • 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 $37 or 12 Months at $74. – 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.  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.