In Israel, there are several service providers for mobile phones, such as: Cellcom, Orange, Pelephone, Hot Mobile, Golan Telecom, etc. This is a very competitive market and it is recommended to check several companies for service plans. Please note that Israeli law forbids signing long-term commitments with communication service providers. Tel Aviv University has arranged for all international students to receive a rent-free cell phone through IsraelPhones. We strongly recommend that all students carry phones for their convenience and safety. This allows our staff in Israel to send important periodic text messages to all via the IsraelPhones online system. To sign up for your phone or for a complete list of benefits, go to http://www.israelphones.com/tau.htm.
Please note that if you choose to do this, you will be charged a fully refundable $175 deposit to ensure that your mobile phone is returned. For a complete list of benefits for both students and parents, please refer to the above webpage. The phones will be distributed during orientation.
Note: During orientation please give your mobile phone number to the TAU International office, so you will be included in the program's SMS service.
There is a post office located just outside the main gate of the University on Levanon Street, across from the main entrance to the University. There are many services and products offered, including postage stamps, phone cards, fax services, money exchange (with better rates than at the bank), and money orders via Western Union. You can even buy a credit card and pay most of your bills there.
For more information about Israel's Postal Services go to: http://www.israelpost.co.il/
You should allow at least ten days for a letter mailed from Tel Aviv via standard airmail to be delivered in New York. Delivery to other points in the United States may take longer. Mind this gap in time when you send a letter home and vice versa. For reduced delivery time, mail may be sent by Special Delivery Air Mail from the United States or by Express Mail from Israel at an additional charge. Packages may be sent by air or surface mail, the latter taking up to several months for delivery. Packages sent by mail may be subject to duty charges.
For students living in the dormitories, mail that is sent to the university is delivered to a central mailbox outside of the Tel Aviv University International Office. You must check this box daily for your mail and messages. Mail should be addressed to:
c/o Tel Aviv University International
Tel Aviv University
Carter Building, Room 108
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 6997801