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What we do

The UC San Diego Mailing Center is a public, full-service, shipping and mailing center that offers highly competitive, university-contracted shipping rates and serves the personal shipping and mailing needs of the university and the broader community. 

Carrier Shipping Deadlines

For holiday shipping deadlines, please review the schedules provided by UPS, FedEx, and USPS.

Mailing Center Holiday Hours

The Mailing Center will be closing at 12 PM on Friday, 12/9 and 2 PM on Thursday, 12/22. We are also closed from 12/27 through 12/29.


The Trove entrance on Library Walk near Geisel Library. Photo by Erik Jepsen

Mailing Center Hours

Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at The Trove, excluding University holidays.

Prepaid drop-off bins for USPS, UPS and FedEx are located inside. Free face masks available for pickup.


Mailing Center is inside The Trove. The entrance to The Trove is located on the northeast corner of Library Walk, directly across from Geisel Library. View the campus interactive map for directions.

NEW! Gift Wrapping Service

Mailing Center is now offering a gift wrapping service this holiday season, available from Monday, 12/12 through Thursday, 12/22! Come get your gifts wrapped to take home or ship to your loved ones. Services will be available first come, first serve and as long as an associate is available to assist.

SPECIAL OFFER: Buy 3 get 1 free! Get three gifts wrapped and the fourth is free*! 

Service Offering Description Price
A la Carte Gift Wrapping X-Small (under 5")

Basic: $4

Deluxe: $6

Small (5" - 11")

Basic: $6

Deluxe: $9

Medium (1' - 2')

Basic: $8

Deluxe: $12

Large (2' - 4')

Basic: $10

Deluxe: $15

Add-Ons Basic Bow


Deluxe Bow


Gift Tag


Clothing Boxes

X-Small: $2

Small: $2.50

Medium: $3

*Special offer can only be claimed once per customer. Lowest value gift wrapping service will be provided for free, and does not include add-ons.


  • Mail packages and letters to U.S. and international destinations via US Postal Service.
  • Note: International packages require a computer-generated customs form. Go to:
  • Shipping of domestic packages/letters or Intl. letters using UPS or FedEx.
    • Mailing Center offers steep discounts on UPS and FedEx compared to carrier direct

Mailbox Rentals:

  • Private mailboxes (PMB) are available for 6 month or yearly rentals
    • NEW! We now have a monthly auto-pay option for your convenience! 
  • Requires two forms of identification when signing up.
  • Rental fee is $7/ month*

*Mailing Center is implementing a new rate structure, effective February 1, 2023. PMB clients with renewal dates in December 2022 and January 2023 will be eligible for another 6 month or 1 year term on the old pricing if renewals are completed on time. 

PMB Type Auto-Pay (RECOMMENDED!) 6 Month Rental 1 Year Rental Savings
Personal $20/month $120 $240 25% cheaper than nearby competitors!
Business $30/month $180 $360


  • Stamps and mailing supplies are available for purchase.

Note: USPS collection boxes can be used for depositing:

  1. Domestic mail (including Priority Mail Express®) weighing 10 oz. or less or 1/2-inch in thickness or less (with postage stamps or online postage)
  2. International mail (non-technical documents only) (stamped or metered) – Meeting all of the following:
  • Weighs 10 oz. or less
  • Is 1/2-inch in thickness or less
  • Does not require a customs form


Deadlines for mail to go out the same day:

  • FedEx, FedEx Express, Express Mail: 1:00 p.m.
  • UPS Packages: 2:00 p.m.
  • Metered Mail: 2:00 p.m.
  • Regular Mail: 3:00 p.m.

Payment methods

  • Cash
  • Discover, VISA or MasterCard 
  • Personal check, made payable to U.C. Regents and with proper identification (such as a valid driver's license)