Did you just move into your first apartment? Did someone you know just move into an apartment for the first time? Either way, you should make sure you know everything there is to know about writing an apartment address.
If you’re wondering how to write an address with an apartment number, look no further. We’ve got the answers you’re looking for.
These types of addresses can be confusing if you aren’t used to apartment life, but they become second nature once you get the hang of writing them.
Keep reading for a comprehensive guide to writing addresses with apartment numbers.
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Writing Addresses: The Basics
Before we get into different types of addresses, let’s go over the basics of addressing letters. Snail mail may have gone out of fashion, but it is still vital to know how to properly address a letter.
You should always write the address of the person you’re sending a letter to in the middle of the envelope.
You should put their name on the first line, their street address on the second line, their city and state on the third line, and their zip code on the last line by itself.
When all is said and done, the other person’s address should look like this:
1234 Building Lane
12345 (their zip code)
Easy enough, right?
Writing Return Addresses
When you are addressing a letter, the return address is crucial. That way, if for some reason your letter cannot be delivered, it will be returned back to you.
If you do not include a return address, your letter will get lost in the ether, and you may not have any way to know that it did not reach its intended recipient.
Your return address should be formatted exactly like the recipient’s address, but it should be printed smaller and placed in the upper left corner of the envelope.
Your stamps should go opposite the return address in the upper right corner.
Sending Mail to Apartment Addresses
If you’re sending mail to someone that lives in a house, congratulations! You now have all the information you need about how to properly address their letter.
When you are sending a letter to someone who lives in an apartment complex, you will have to go through one extra step. Writing apartment addresses requires you to include an apartment number.
Including your recipient’s apartment number will make sure that your letter gets placed in the correct mailbox.
If you live in an apartment complex, you will need to make sure that anyone who sends you mail knows your apartment number.
What Is an Apartment Number
In many apartment buildings, your address will include the building address and a number assigned to the unit that you live in. This is a simple way for the U.S. Postal Service to distinguish between residents of apartment buildings.
In most apartment buildings, you will have your old mailbox with your apartment number on it.
This is a great way to keep your mail private and to make sure all mail goes to the right resident of the building.
Usually, your apartment number is assigned to you based on where you live in the building. For example, if you live in the apartment closest to the building’s front door, you may live in Apartment 1A.
How to Write an Address With an Apartment Number
When writing an address with an apartment number, you should write the apartment number on the same line as the building address. For example, your apartment address might read “1234 Building Lane, Apt 1F.”
That is the standard way to write an address with an apartment number. There are actually two ways that you can write your apartment number in that address.
The standard way, written out, looks like this:
1234 Building Lane Apt 1F
12345 (your zip code)
You can also write “#1F” instead of “Apt 1F.” That’s up to you.
The second way, written out, looks like this:
1234 Building Lane
12345 (your zip code)
Those are just the two ways to write your apartment number in your address. Both are correct, and it is completely up to you to choose the method you prefer.
For a complete list of all the Postal Service-approved ways to abbreviate your apartment number, click here.
Some online forms or government documents may require that you input your address differently. Beyond that, the world is your oyster!
When to Include Your Apartment Number
Online shopping has drastically increased since the height of the pandemic. If you order a lot of household goods or clothes online, you need to make sure you know your apartment number and include it in your shipping information.
That way, smaller packages may get placed in your mailbox. Even if you order a larger package, your apartment number can ensure that everyone in the building knows a package is intended for you.
Always include your apartment number when ordering packages online. Of course, anyone who sends you mail should also include your apartment number.
Never Get Confused by Your Apartment Number Again
Now that you know all about how to write an address with an apartment number, getting mail and ordering packages to your home should be a breeze. You should be prepared to send mail to other people’s apartments, too!
For more comprehensive guides to apartment living, click here.
With our help, you’ll never be confused about your apartment lifestyle again!