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Receiving Mail in UCSB Housing

What's My Address

Please visit our What's My Address page to look up your address. Please note, addresses may be different depending on the carrier. For more information about receiving mail in our various communities, see below. 

Receiving Mail in the Residence Halls

(Anacapa, Manzanita Village, San Miguel, San Nicolas, San Rafael, Santa Catalina, Santa Cruz, & Santa Rosa)

  • All Residence Hall residents receive mail sent through US Postal Service (USPS) at the Post Office in the University Center (UCen). For packages sent through USPS, an email will be sent to the student's UMail address to notify them that their package is ready for pick up at the UCen Post Office counter. PLEASE NOTE: for students living in Santa Catalina, please go to the Package Pick-Up Room, #1435, in Santa Catalina’s North Tower to retrieve your package. The Package Pick-Up Room is open Monday-Friday, 4:00pm-8:00pm. The UCen Post Office has implemented this in order to avoid students having to transport potentially large packages from the UCen to Santa Catalina.
  • Mail and packages sent via private carriers (UPS, FedEx, etc) are delivered directly to the resident’s residence hall room by that company’s delivery person. Please note the different address and zipcode for Santa Catalina Residence Hall.
  • We have experienced that companies such as Amazon do not specify if they will be using the postal service or a private carrier such as UPS. It is therefore important to include both the Box Number and the Residence Hall & Room Number on all correspondence. Amazon also has a pick up location in Isla Vista: Amazon@IslaVista.
  • UCSB main campus residence halls do not have street names in the building addresses.
  • Mailboxes are shared by 2-3 persons, usually (but not always) with roommates.
  • Students are responsible for checking their own boxes. Housing staff do not notify students if they have mail in their boxes, nor does the Front Desk accept deliveries or packages from private carriers with the exceptions of flower deliveries, cake deliveries, Residence Housing Association (RHA) approved packages, and luggage dropped off for a resident by an airline.
  • Please note: if you receive an email from the sender that your package has been scanned in at the local Post Office, it's possible it may be at the Goleta Post Office and not the UCen Post Office. You will have to wait for it to be delivered to the UCen Post Office and for their staff to email you. Thank you for your patience.
  • We cannot accept items for students via mail or private carrier in advance of their move in day. You can ship items to the Amazon@IslaVista pick up store, which will hold packages for 15 days.

Receiving Mail in the Graduate and Undergraduate Apartments

(El Dorado, San Clemente, San Joaquin, Santa Ynez, Sierra Madre, Westgate, Westwinds)

General Information

  • Depending on the complex, USPS mail may be delivered directly to resident mailboxes by the US Postal Service, via UCSB Mail Services, or to a PO Box at the University Center (UCen).
  • Mail and packages sent via private carriers (UPS, FedEx, etc) are delivered directly to the resident’s front door. Please note the different address and zip code for San Clemente Villages and Sierra Madre Villages.
  • The Complex Office does not accept deliveries or packages from private carriers.

San Clemente Villages

  • USPS mail delivery to apartment mailboxes via UCSB Mail Services Monday - Friday.
  • Package pick up in lot 51 from the white UCSB Mail van.
  • Private carriers deliver packages to apartment front doors.
  • Companies such as Amazon do not specify if they will be using USPS or a private carrier for deliveries, so it is important to include both the complex name and apartment number on all correspondence. Amazon also has a pick up location in Isla Vista: Amazon@IslaVista.

El Dorado, Santa Ynez, Westgate, Westwinds

  • USPS delivers mail directly to complex and places in apartment mailboxes.
  • Small packages will be placed in designated boxes near apartment mailboxes.
  • Large package pick up is at the Patterson Branch post office. The post office will place a card in your box letting you know that the package can be picked up at the Patterson Branch.
  • Private carriers deliver packages to apartment front doors.

Sierra Madre and San Joaquin

  • USPS mail delivery to a UCen PO Box. Residents can pick up a key for their box from the UCen Post Office with a $5 deposit (cash or check only).
  • For packages sent through USPS, an email will be sent to the student's UMail address to notify them that their package is ready for pick up at the Package Pick-Up Room, #1435, in Santa Catalina’s North Tower. The Package Pick-Up Room is open Monday-Friday, 4:00pm-8:00pm. The Post Office has implemented this in order to avoid students having to transport potentially large packages from the UCen to Sierra Madre (Santa Catalina is conveniently located adjacent to San Joaquin and across the street from Sierra Madre.)
  • Mailboxes are shared by 4-6 persons, usually (but not always) with roommates.
  • Private carriers deliver packages to apartment front doors.
  • Companies such as Amazon do not specify if they will be using USPS or a private carrier for deliveries, so it is important to include both the complex name and apartment number on all correspondence. Amazon also has a pick up location in Isla Vista: Amazon@IslaVista.
  • Please note: if you receive an email from the sender that your package has been scanned in at the local Post Office, it's possible it may be at the Goleta Post Office and not the UCen Post Office. You will have to wait for it to be delivered to the UCen Post Office and for their staff to email you. Thank you for your patience!