penn state university mailing

penn state university mailing

All residential students are able to receive U.S. Postal mail and package deliveries from major delivery agents (USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, Amazon) while living in University Housing. Items that are delivered locally, such as floral arrangements, perishable items, are received by the Commons Desk as well. However, items delivered from restaurants, retail or grocery stores, or third-party companies such as Instacart, GoPuff, DoorDash, etc., are NOT accepted at the Commons Desk. Students are responsible for meeting the driver to receive those deliveries.

Items that marked as ‘perishable’ will be stored in a refrigerator. Mail and packages can only be released to the student and cannot be picked up by other individuals.

penn state university mailing


  • “Penn State” or “The Pennsylvania State University” should NOT be used in the address, as line 1 and line 2 need to have the appropriate information to ensure prompt delivery.
  • Mail and packages must be addressed to the student’s legal or chosen name that is identified in LionPATH.
  • Mail and packages sent to family names, nicknames, fictitious or joke names will be returned to sender. Family members who use their personal account to have items shipped to campus are reminded change the name on the order to the student’s name, otherwise the package will be returned to sender.
  • Packages should be tracked and insured.
  • The following items should never be mailed in an envelope: cash, check, gift cards, candy, room key, or liquids.
  • Prohibited items per the HFS Contract will not be released and will be returned to sender (for example, air conditioners, alcohol, escooters, etc.)

penn state university mailing

penn state university mailing


U.S. Mail and packages received for on-campus residents are processed through the University’s eLiving system. When mail or a package is delivered to the Commons Desk, the staff will enter the package into eLiving under the student’s account and place the package on the appropriate building shelving unit. The student will be notified by an email to their Penn State account that an item is available to pick-up. Students can also opt-in for text message notification through the Account Settings page on their eLiving account. The student must present their Penn State id+ Card or mobile credential to pick up mail and 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. Students should not go to the Commons Desk to retrieve their package until they have received the email from eLiving.

The U.S. Postal Office in McAllister Building (next to the HUB-Robeson Center) on campus is available for students to send packages or buy stamps; the Commons Desk is not able to ship packages or sell stamps.

The University no longer provides mailboxes for students; all mail is processed similar to a package.

penn state university mailing

penn state university mailing

Summer Session II Arrival Information

Students living on campus for Summer Session II will Check-In to their room assignments using eLiving before arriving on campus this year.

While the official Summer Arrival is Monday, June 24, students can Schedule Move-In for early arrival on Sunday, June 23, at no additional cost.

Students must Schedule Move-In and Check-In arriving on campus. The Check-In feature is available 24 hours prior to the student’s Schedule Move-In time and will activate the student’s building and room door access and download the Campus Meal Plan dining dollars. Once on campus, the student can use either their Penn State id+ card or mobile id+ card to gain entry to the building. Students without a Penn State id+ card or mobile device should visit Findlay Commons Desk upon arrival for assistance checking in.

Arrival Day Process


Unloading Parking Information

Staff will provide a temporary parking permit at the designated unloading areas. Vehicles can be parked in the unloading area for 30 minutes with flashers on. Vehicles must then be moved to long-term parking at Beaver Stadium—Stadium West lot.

After Hours and Late Arrivals

Students can arrive anytime to accommodate travel arrangements. After July 1, students must visit the Findlay Commons Desk to complete their check-in.



Reach out to the Housing Assignment Office at 814-865-7501 or email

Additional arrival information is available at

Learn more about Penn State’s transition to digital keys in residence halls.

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