Let's say I live in the student dormitory. If I'm writing the address should I add my room number so that a parcel can be delivered into my post box?


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Yes, it's usual in dorms and advisable if you want to make sure that the parcel is delivered to you and not someone else!

As already pointed out, you can put it in the same line as the street. According to the DIN standard 5008 for addressing, you should use space, double-slash, space to separate it from the house number:

[Vorname] [Nachname]
Straßenname Str. 123 // Zi. 123
12345 [Stadt]

The alternative is to use a separate line for it, but then before the street (that means between name and street):

[Vorname] [Nachname]
Zi. 123
Straßenname Str. 123
12345 [Stadt]

Also note that there is no comma between postal code and city and "Str." is always capitalized if it is a separate word ("Goethestr." but "Lange Str."). The country should only be indicated on international mailings.

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    "make sure that the parcel is delivered to you and not someone else" - this statement is quite misleading. Unless the parcel is sent with some delivery restriction such as "eigenhändig", adding a room number will only clarify where the recipient of the parcel is located, not who the parcel will be handed over to. Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 8:51

Yes, you should add your room number. Because a postman has no time to search your name among 500 others under same address.

Just another abbreviation: Zi. - because the exact location has to be found by local postman, not by sender's post office.

[Vorname] [Nachname]
Budapester Str. 24 / Zi. 123
01069 Dresden

Depending of the address fields of the sender it is also possible to use a new line, I used both ways in my past:

[Vorname] [Nachname]
[Straße] [Hausnummer]
Zi. 123
[PLZ] [Stadt]

-> country "Germany" only if post is sent from another country.

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    I would write the room number on a separate line so it is clearly recognizable.
    – Eller
    Commented Aug 7, 2019 at 12:13
  • It's Allemagne, not Germany for international letters and parcels, as the offical post language is French.
    – Janka
    Commented Aug 7, 2019 at 15:11
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    @Janka English was added as a working language in 1994. Anyway, it should read "ALLEMAGNE" or "GERMANY" rather than "Allemagne" or "Germany".
    – user9551
    Commented Aug 7, 2019 at 19:37
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    "Because a postman has no time to search your name among 500 others under same address." - well, let's say it's a courtesy. It is by no means guaranteed that there are any room/apartment numbers in a larger building. Thus, often, a postman has no other choice than to take the time to search for a name among many others. But if there are room numbers, it is very welcome to make the postman's life a bit easier. Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 8:55

It is also possible/common to use z.H. = zu Händen (attn:, FAO = for the attention of), like so:

Name of the student's dormatory
z.H. Herrn/Frau (Mr./Mrs.) forname surname, Zi. 123

the street's name 12
12345 Name of the city/village

  • Welcome on the German SE! Look, how better your answer seems after a little formatting. :-)
    – peterh
    Commented Aug 16, 2020 at 12:34
  • @peterh - Reinstate Monica: Thank you for supporting and the advice! :-) Commented Aug 16, 2020 at 12:54

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