Posting Letters In The UK

Everything you need to know about the UK postal service…

Hey there! My name is Sian, I’m in my third year studying Human Geography and I’m part of the international sub-committee in the Christian Union. My favourite thing to do in Cardiff is to get a cup of tea and a slice of cake in Roath Park (definitely check this out for a beautiful lake spot!).

I want to say a huge WELCOME to you and I am SO glad you’ve chosen to study here!

Whether you’re unsure about sending letters or parcels within the UK or internationally, it can be a scary and overwhelming process at first. This article is to help address all your questions and worries and trust me, it’s super easy!

You can find post offices (shops) and post boxes (letters are collected from these regularly) all over Cardiff! To find your nearest one use the website branch finder:

  1. Sending within the UK

Sending within the UK includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you’re sending within the UK, you will have to choose whether you want first class delivery or second class delivery! The differences between these are below:

How to address your mail:

Addressees’ name                                                                                                                                                 House number and street name                                                                                                              Locality name                                                                                                                                                 Town                                                                                                                                                             Full postcode

  • Write in capitals for clarity
  • Sending internationally

Prices are determined by which world zone the recipient country is in:

  • World Zone 1
  • Countries that aren’t a part of Europe or World Zone 2.
  • Generally covers countries in North America (except the USA), South America, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and South East Asia (other than Singapore and Laos)
  • World Zone 2
  • See table:
  • World Zone 3
  • USA

How to address your mail:

Addressees’ name                              

House number and street name

City or town

Province, state or department and postal code

COUNTRY (please print in capitals & use English name)       

3. Track your mail

When sending mail, you can track your package using the Royal Mail’s Tracking system:

This can be super useful to keep an eye on your package and be notified when it arrives at its destination!

Aaaannd…that’s pretty much it! Here is some useful links where you can find more information:

If you need any help post-office related or not, please feel free to message me! I’m more than happy to help with anything

Hoping you settle in to Cardiff soon!

Sian x

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