Shipping Items to Campus Before Check-In

Shipping items to campus in advance of Check-In is a smart move-in strategy. Follow our guidelines and tips below for a smooth shipping and move-in experience! 

July 24, 2023

Receiving Mail at Columbia 

Residential students must receive mail through the Student Mail Center. Do not address mail or packages to an individual residence hall or brownstone. 

Hours of operation for the semester will be posted to the Columbia Mail Services website.  

How to Format Your Address 

The following format should be used for all mail and packages.  

Student’s Full Name  
70 Morningside Drive  
[UNI] [Building Code*] 
New York, NY 10027-7236 

*Building codes are listed on the Mail and Package Pre-delivery webpage. The codes used for your shipping address are the same as the codes used in the Housing Portal in your building assignment.  

Take Advantage of Package Pre-Delivery: August 1 - 15 

Packages received between August 1 and August 15 will be eligible for direct delivery to students' rooms. 

  • Packages must be shipped to the mail center via courier (i.e. UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc.) to be eligible for room delivery. The Mail Center will not accept hand-delivered packages. 

  • Items received after August 15 may be delivered or may be available for pick-up at the Student Mail Center or a satellite location.  

We cannot guarantee that all packages will be delivered to rooms. 

Packing & Shipping Tips 

  • Your room is furnished and space for additional items is limited.   

  • Review our recommendations of what to bring to campus

  • Items like cleaning supplies and other small household goods can be purchased at stores in the immediate area around Columbia. 

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