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.

Each collection site has bins/spaces for specific items, each designated by a sign:

  • Clean clothing, shoes, and linens
  • Unopened, nonperishable food
  • Office supplies
  • Books
  • Appliances and electronics
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Furniture and furnishings
  • Plastic drawers, shelving and storage
  • Small and large household items

Collection locations: 

  • Dauten – basement along wall
  • Hurd – basement near computer room (preferred location)
  • Liggett/Koenig – 1st floor lounge
  • Village – dining level/main hallway
  • Village East – 1st floor entry lounge

Specific instructions on how to donate will be posted shortly.

For students unable to return to campus who are having their items shipped or stored, please consider donating items by indicating interest on your packing form. Note that the moving company will not be able to separate out small items, so consider coordinating with a roommate who is returning for an in-person move out to pull additional items for donation, if possible.

Off-Campus Housing (Operated by ResLife)

Each collection site has bins/spaces for specific items, each designated by a sign:

  • Clean clothing, shoes, and linens
  • Unopened, nonperishable food
  • Office supplies
  • Books
  • Appliances and electronics
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Furniture and furnishings
  • Plastic drawers, shelving and storage
  • Small and large household items

Collection locations: 

  • University Drive Apartments, 6645 and 6639 – basement
  • Greenway Apartments – first floor close to staircase
Off-Campus Housing (non-WashU and Quadrangle)

Bulky items (like furniture and large/medium household goods) and electronics can be donated during any “Lighten Your Load” events, when curbside pick up can be requested via the online form. Dates: May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12 (Fridays). Fill out the form no later than Thursday at midnight, the day prior to your requested pick up day. Items must be placed at the curb by 1pm on the scheduled day. 

Beyond the items listed above, students are encouraged to donation 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.

Additional Move Out Resources

Need to return books to the library? More information…

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 have 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.