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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How should my mail be addressed?
  2. How do I mail a package?
  3. Can I buy stamps at USC?
  4. Where do students residing on campus pick up their mail?
  5. When does mail service start?
  6. If a student has a package shipped to the University how should it be addressed and where and when can I pick it up?
  1. How should my mail be addressed?

    STUDENTS

    All students living on campus should use the following address format to help aid in a more timely and efficient delivery of USPS mail and all other shipments (UPS, FedEx, etc):

    Name ( no nick names)
    USC Student Box # (student’s assigned 5 digit mail box #)
    1400 Greene Street
    Columbia SC 29225

    * Please note that USC has been assigned a unique zip code for incoming student mail. This zip code, 29225, is to be included on all incoming student mail.

    * Do not use P.O. Box in your mailing address. These are campus mailboxes and not USPS federal post office boxes.

    DEPARTMENT MAIL
    All University Departments should use the following address format for incoming United States Postal Service mail:

    Att: Name
    Department Name
    University of South Carolina
    Columbia SC 29208

    Please note that USC has been assigned a unique zip code for all Department mail. This zip code,29208, is to be included on all faculty and staff official University business mail.

    Special Note for non- USPS shipments
    * Since private carriers such as UPS and FedEx deliver directly to University Departments these shipments must include the department street address and room number and contact name.

  2. How do I mail a package?

    Students may bring their packages to the Student Mail Center in the Carolina Underground located in the basement of the Russell House, 1400 Greene Street, or the University Post Office located at 1600 Hampton Street. (corner of Pickens and Hampton Streets)

    The Student Mail Center accepts only cash, checks (with valid identification), Carolina Card and major credit cards. The USC Post Office accepts cash, checks (with valid identification) and major credit cards.
     
    Student Mail Center Hours
    Postage Sales & Shipping Services
    Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm.
    803-777-4109
    USC Post Office -1600 Hampton St
    Postage Sales & Shipping Services
    Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
    803-777-3168

    University of South Carolina Departments may use the USC Postal Services for all of their shipping needs. However, departments must attach their assigned Postal Authorization form to each mailing. The USC Postal Service delivers all incoming USPS mail and inter- campus mail twice a day. Mail is picked up twice a day dependent upon department needs and requirements.
    Department mailing is for University Business only.
    For additional information or to learn more about set up requirements please call 777-2158 .

  3. Can I buy stamps at USC?

    Students, faculty, staff and general public may purchase stamps at either the Student Mail Center or the USC Post Office.

    The Student Mail Center accepts cash, checks (with valid identification) , Carolina Card and major credit cards.

    The USC Post Office at 1600 Hampton St. accepts cash, checks (with valid identification) and major credit cards.

  4. Where do students residing in University Housing and Greek Village pick up their mail?

    The Student Mail Center, located in the basement of the Russell House at 1400 Greene St. is the central location for 8,000 student mailboxes. Student mailbox number assignments and combinations are available on VIP at: http://vip.sc.edu.
     
  5. When does mail service start?

    Mail Service Dates
     
  6. If a student has a package shipped to the University how should it be addressed and where and when can I pick it up?

    Students residing on campus should use the following address format for all parcel deliveries regardless of carrier:

    Name ( no nick names)
    USC Student Box # (student’s assigned 5 digit mail box #)
    1400 Greene Street
    Columbia, SC 29225

    * Do not use P.O. Box in your mailing address. These are campus mailboxes and not USPS federal post office boxes.

    Parcel deliveries for students residing on campus are made to the Student Mail Center located on the lower level of the Russell House.

    Delivery notification is made by the placement of a delivery notice in the student mailbox.

    A picture I.D. and delivery notice are required to claim shipments from the Student Mail Center.

    Student Mail Center
    Student Package Pick Up
    Mon.-Fri. 10:00am-5:00pm


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