Mail and Packages

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Mail and packages are distributed at the Harvard Yard Mail Center (HYMC), located in the basement of the Science Center. If you have questions about mail, you can reach the HYMC directly by at 617-495-5347 or

Your Mailing Address

You will receive your mailing address with your housing assignment, typically in late July or early August. Please remind your friends and family that mail may not be sent to the first-year dorms—your dorm name and suite number will not be your mailing address. The format for your mailing address will be:

John Quincy Harvard
#### Harvard Yard Mail Center
1 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sending Mail

  • The Harvard Summer School uses the HYMC between June and early August. You may mail packages to yourself ahead of your arrival, but you may not ship them until summer school students have left campus and the HYMC has space to accommodate them. The specific dates for shipments to the HYMC will be included with your housing assignment. You should anticipate that the earliest date for shipments is mid-August.
  • Stamped mail under 13.0 ounces can be sent through the HYMC. Mail – whether domestic, international, or military APO/FPO – that exceeds this weight must be shipped through a local U.S. Post Office. You can also weigh outgoing parcels in the HYMC. 

Receiving Mail

  • You will be able to pick up your mail beginning on move-in day, but not before. Dollies are available for check-out through Dorm Crew in Weld Hall to help you move any large items.
  • Packages that require signatures are signed for by a clerk as they enter the Harvard Mail Network, but there may be a lag before the parcel reaches the HYMC. If your package is missing, please call and have on hand the tracking number and the name of the Harvard clerk who signed.