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Post Office

The Hampshire College Post Office is located on the ground floor of the library. Window hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Students must include their name and mail box number on all incoming mail and packages. Delay in delivery will likely occur if this information is not included.

 (Note: A student mailbox is not a P.O. Box. Please, soley use box # on U.S. Mail, UPS, FedEx and DHL packages.)

How to Write a Student Mailing Address
Student Name
# (Student Mail Box number )
Hampshire College 
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002-3359 

The mailbox numbers assigned to students will remain the same throughout their Hampshire careers, even if the student lives off-campus. Students living off campus should check their mailbox on a regular basis. All on-campus mailings will be distributed to mailboxes. Combinations for student mailboxes can be found on theHub under personal information.

Please do not ship packages to campus prior to August 1st for the fall term 2020, and January 15th for the spring term 2021.

If a student is unable to get mail/packages and wishes that someone else get it for them, they must inform the post office by e-mail; giving authorization. The authorization must include the name, mailbox #, and the name of the person who will be getting the mail. To open the mailbox, that person should know the mailbox combination. They must also provide an ID at the time of pick up.

The post office sells stamps and provides USPS services and UPS shipping.  Some shipping materials (Packaging such as boxes or envelopes) for both services are provided.  Students must pack their own items, address them and provide their own shipping tape. Items must be sealed before going out.

Notice: The post office only accepts cash as payment.

Mail runs to the Amherst Post Office are done twice a day, Mon-Fri. Those times are 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Five College mail delivery is a free service that is available between the Five College community (Mon-Fri). The post office has mail slots for both outgoing stamped mail and Five College mail located in the post office lobby.

The USPS website,  is a good source of information for mailing questions, package tracking, as well as looking up zip codes.

Post Office Forwarding Service
During the summer or when a student is on leave of absence, field-study leave, medical leave, consortium agreement, or has withdrawn, the Hampshire College Post Office will close their mailbox and all 1st class U.S. mail will be forwarded to the student’s current address. If the address needs to be updated, please contact the central records office. The College post office will forward it via U.S. mail in most cases. The post office will re-open the same mailbox to a student returning from leave. No mail will be forwarded during winter break. 

Mail will be forwarded for one year following graduation or withdrawal from the College.

Magazines and newspapers will not be forwarded to students. In order to receive subscriptions while they are away, students must inform the sender of the magazines and newspapers of their forwarding address at least four weeks prior to leaving the College.