Share Our Stuff: Move-Out Donations

Share Our Stuff (SOS) is WashU’s annual move-out donation drive. This university-wide effort is designed to make it easy for all students to donate their unwanted items at move out in a manner that benefits our community and keeps usable goods out of the landfill.

Each year during on- and off-campus move-out, our campus community is responsible for the disposal of a tremendous amount of usable goods. These goods can be reused within our campus community and throughout our surrounding neighborhoods. Based on where you live, you have different options on what, how and when to donate. 

On-Campus Housing (S40, Village, Village East)

Residential Life has prepared several collection sites for on campus residents to easily be able to donate a wide variety of materials. Donation sites are located on the first floor or basement of each Residential Hall.

Collection sites have bins/spaces for specific items, each designated by a sign. Please sort items accordingly.

Accepted Materials:

  • Furniture and furnishings
  • Plastic drawers, shelving and storage
  • Small and large household items
  • Clean clothing, shoes, and linens
  • Unopened, nonperishable food
  • Office & art supplies
  • Books
  • Appliances and electronics
  • Cleaning supplies (please bag any open supplies)
  • Unopened toiletries, new reusable or disposable masks, liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer can be open. Please bag to prevent leaking.

Additional Items:

  • Computers and computer accessories can be dropped off at STS between 9am and 5pm, M-F.
  • Bikes can be donated by contacting sustainability@wustl.edu

Off-Campus Housing (Operated by ResLife)

Each collection site has bins/spaces for specific items, each designated by a sign. Please sort items accordingly.

Accepted Materials:

  • Furniture and furnishings
  • Plastic drawers, shelving and storage
  • Small and large household items
  • Clean clothing, shoes, and linens
  • Unopened, nonperishable food
  • Office & art supplies
  • Books
  • Appliances and electronics
  • Cleaning supplies (please bag any open supplies)
  • Unopened toiletries, new reusable or disposable masks, liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer can be open. Please bag to prevent leaking.

Additional Items:

  • Computers and computer accessories can be dropped off at STS between 9am and 5pm, M-F.
  • Bikes can be donated by contacting sustainability@wustl.edu

Collection locations: 

  • University Drive Apartments 6811, 6801, 6649, 6645, 6639, 6633, 6627, 6607– Basement of each apt. Resident access only.
  • Greenway Apartments –One location (on 1st floor close to east staircase near elevator). Resident access only.
  • Rosedale Apartments –One location (basement level under 6053/55/57 laundry room or the room adjacent. Resident access only.
  • New this year, any student living off campus can also donate small items through the collection station at North Campus, in the Parking and Transportation office. The office is open 8:30am – 4:30pm, M-F. Collections accepted April 29 – June 25.
  • Students can also schedule a pick up of large items (furniture, etc.) on Lighten Your Load event dates: May 10, 12, 22, and June 26. Sign up here.
Off-Campus Housing (non-WashU and Quadrangle)

Collection Events

Bulky items (like furniture and large/medium household goods) and boxes of smaller donation items can be donated during the “Lighten Your Load” events, when curbside pick up can be requested via the online form.

Dates: May 10, 12, 22 & June 26. Fill out the form no later than noon, the day prior to your requested pick up day. Items must be placed at the curb by 10am. 

Donation Drop Off

New this year, students living off campus can also donate small items through the collection station at North Campus, in the Parking and Transportation office. The office is open 8:30am – 4:30pm, M-F. Collections accepted April 29 – June 25.

Accepted Materials:

  • Large furniture & electronics: ONLY accepted during scheduled pick ups – drop off location at North Campus cannot accommodate large items.
  • Small household items
  • Clean clothing, shoes, and linens
  • Unopened, nonperishable food
  • Office & art supplies
  • Books
  • Small appliances and electronics, including computers and computer accessories
  • Cleaning supplies (please bag any open supplies)
  • Unopened toiletries, new reusable or disposable masks, liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer can be open. Please bag to prevent leaking.
  • Bikes can be donated by contacting sustainability@wustl.edu
  • Donation items should be clean and in working order. Box or bag donations carefully and seal well to assist with transit. Label box or bag with “DONATION”.
Donate Meal Points

Students are encouraged to donate extra meal points to the Feed the Bears fund, which supports WashU students in need of greater food security. This can be done through the Dining Services website or the Grubhub app.

Any WashU student in need of assistance should email diningservices@wustl.edu.

Students can also use meal points to purchase canned goods for the WashU food pantry at Paws & Go and Millbrook Market.

Additional Move-Out Resources

Beyond the items listed above, students are encouraged to donate belongings directly to a charity or non-profit.  You have the ability to support area non-profits who are responding to the local health and economic needs created by the pandemic. View a list of organizations currently accepting specific types of donations here.

Need to return books to the library? Return library materials to John M. Olin Library or one of the drive-up return bins at Throop Drive, the South 40 on Shepley Drive, or the West Campus Library at 7425 Forsyth Blvd. Download a map of drive-up locations here.

Who Will Benefit

Recipients of the donations collected through Residential Life and the Lighten Your Load events are currently being selected. All non-profit agencies are currently serving clients in the St. Louis region.

Campus Partners

Many campus partners make the Share Our Stuff drive a success each year, including Residential Life, Quadrangle Housing, Facilities Planning and Management, WFF, Environmental Health and Safety, the Campus Book Store, Office of Government and Community Relations, Neighborhood Cares, and Sharing With A Purpose (SWAP).

A special thanks to the healthcare professionals at Habif Health and Wellness Center, who joined our planning process in 2020 to ensure collection and donation processes meet the highest standards of health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. They continue to review and provide input on our operations.