Porter Mailroom FAQS

 Location: Located in the foyer of the Porter/Kresge Dining Hall (Building C)

Be sure to check the Porter mailroom door for the most updated hours. The mailroom will be closed for observed holidays (see the academic calendar for specific dates). There will be occasional, unscheduled closures due to illness, unforeseen circumstances, or mailroom-related errands. Around school breaks (such as Winter or Spring break) the mailroom may also have limited service. 

Winter Quarter Hours :

Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 5pm

Saturday: 1-4pm

Contact Information: For additional mailroom questions, please send email

How are mailboxes assigned and where do I get my mailbox information?

All Porter and Transfer Community students who are living on campus are assigned a mailbox. Students will receive an email from the postal depot supervisor with their mailbox number and combination prior to move in. Mailboxes are reassigned every year.

Can I get a mailbox If I live off campus?

We have limited space in our mailroom and our boxes are reserved for students living on campus. 

Where do I pick up my packages?

If you receive a package, we will send a email to your UCSC email address. To retrieve your package, bring a photo ID to the mailroom during open hours and a staff member will help you.
Packages are not kept indefinitely. Packages that are not picked up in a timely manner are deemed unclaimed and then returned to sender.

I lost my mailbox combination, what do I do?

It is the students' responsibility to keep track of their mailbox information. If this information has been lost, an email must be sent to the mailroom supervisor with a request for this information.

What do I do if my mailbox is broken?

Report the problem right away to the mailroom clerk.

How should my mail be addressed?

Do not use nicknames or pen names. Improperly addressed mail may be refused and returned to sender. Please notify your family and friends.
First and Last Name (no nicknames or alias)
411 Porter-Kresge Road
Box Number #
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1104

It says my package has arrived online, but I haven't received an email yet. Where is it?

The online tracking email that some mail/package carriers send out to notify you that your package has been delivered only indicates that your package has arrived in the city of Santa Cruz. USPS load up their trucks each morning at their main warehouse and immediatly changes all tracking info on the packages to "Delivered to mailroom" even though it won't see our mailroom until the end of the day. It can sometimes take an additional 1- 3 days to be delivered to the Porter College Mailroom.  We will email you from the mailroom when your package is processed. Please wait for this email and not the tracking info from the carrier. 

How do I get my mail forwarded if I am going to be away from UCSC?

Forwarding services are provided for a maximum of 90 days to students who have had a college mailbox and are moving off campus, who are going on EAP, graduating, leaving for the summer, transferring, withdrawing or taking a leave of absence. To activate the forwarding service, please complete this electronic form.
NOTE: Only USPS First Class Mail is forwarded. This does not include magazines, junk mail or packages from FEDEX, UPS, etc.

Where can I mail a letter?

Your Porter College mailroom is not a full service post office, a UPS or FedEx pick-up spot.
The closest U.S. mailbox for outgoing mail is located next to the VETS office on the Kresge Piazzetta. Be sure to put your mail in the blue USPS box. 

Where can I mail a package?

Your Porter College mailroom is not a full service post office, a UPS or FedEx pick-up spot.
You can go to the Postal Kiosk, located in the first floor of the Bay Tree Bookstore, to purchase postage or send USPS packages.

The nearest UPS location is next to the Safeway on Mission St. at :
SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060-5848
Telephone: (831) 426-5762


Where can I purchase stamps?
Your Porter College mailroom is not a full service post office, a UPS or FedEx pick-up spot. You can go to the Postal Kiosk, located in the first floor of the Bay Tree Bookstore, to purchase postage.

What do I do if there is a letter in my mailbox that is not for me?

If you have a college mailbox, you are required to check your mail frequently. If you receive mail that is not addressed to you or your boxmate, please return it immediately to the mailroom staff.

When do I start or stop receiving mail at this address?

We do not accept mail during the Summer Quarter and will either return or forward any first-class mail or packages that arrive before Move-In Day.We accept mail and packages through the school year, including Winter and Spring Breaks.All student mailboxes close at the end of Spring Quarter. Any first-class mail or packages remaining in a mailbox/mailroom will be either forwarded or returned the following week.