US mail

Mail Services

All residential students are able to receive U.S. Postal mail and package deliveries. Only mail addressed to the student residing in the room will be released, and mail must be addressed to the student's official University name on file.

When a package is delivered to the Commons Desk, the staff will process the package into eLiving, and then place the package on the building shelving unit. eLiving will then generate an email that is sent to the student's Penn State Access Account, confirming that a package has been received. A student must present his or her Penn State id+ Card to pick up packages at the commons desk. Please be aware that there is a processing delay between when the package is identified as delivered by the shipping agent and when the package is processed by Penn State.

 The U.S. Postal Office in McAllister Building (next to the HUB) on campus is available for students to send packages or buy stamps. A student's mailbox number and combination is viewable in eLiving under the "My Room" section. Mailboxes are located at the Commons Desk.

Learn more about the North Halls US Mail delivery pilot project.

Tips to ensure quick mail delivery:

  • The terms "Penn State" or "The Pennsylvania State University" should NOT be used in the address. This may divert the package to the University's Business Services and not the common desks.
  • The student's official name on file with the University should be used. Mail or packages sent to nicknames, fictitious names, or joke names will be returned to sender.
  • Candy and/or liquids should not be sent in envelopes.
  • Cash should not be sent.
  • Packages should be tracked and insured.

Mailing Address

Residence Halls:

Student's Official Name
Room Number, Residence Hall Name*
University Park PA 16802

*Add the word "Hall" after the residence hall name

Nittany Apartment ONLY:

Student's Official Name
600 E Pollock Road
Apt. Number, Nittany Apts.
State College PA 16801

Nittany Apartment mailboxes are located outside of the Nittany Community Center for buildings series 1000, 2000, 4000, and 5000. Mailboxes for building series 3000 are located near the parking lot next to Building 31. Nittany Apartment residents must go to the McAllister Building Post Office to pickup a mailbox key.

Room Changes

If a student has a room assignment change, the mailing address and mailbox will change. U.S. Mail and packages will be forwarded to the new assignment until the student can update information with family and friends.

Forwarding Address

The student is responsible for updating his or her permanent address in LionPath to ensure that all mail and packages received after the student has checked out of University housing can be forwarded. Mail and packages that cannot be forwarded will be returned to sender.