Share Our Stuff: Move-Out Collections

Share Our Stuff (SOS) is WashU’s annual move-out collection 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. 

NOTE: Not all materials are suitable for donation. Please review the list of accepted items. For students in off-campus housing, we do have some options for responsibly disposing of furniture and other bulky items, and for electronic waste. See the off-campus section for more information.

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

Residential Life has prepared numerous collection sites for on-campus residents to easily be able to donate a wide variety of materials. Collection sites are located on the first floor or basement of each Residential Hall and will be available from the last day of classes until the last day of move-out.

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 apartment. 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.

Collection Events

Students can also schedule a pick-up of large items (furniture, etc.) on select collection dates (2022): May 21, May 27, May 31, and June 27. The scheduling form for collection events will only be active until 2 days prior to the event, or until pick-up slots are full. If you are not able to schedule a pick-up time, or if you only have small items, you can drop them off the day of the event, between 9 am and 3 pm. The collection event will be held at North Campus; signage will direct you to the drop-off site.

Drop off by appointment

Students with large items (furniture, etc.) can drop off for donation or disposal BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at WashU’s North Campus. You must schedule a time for someone to meet you at the SOS storage facility. Dumping furniture without an appointment is illegal and WUPD will be patrolling the area. Scheduled appointments are available during business hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm, M-F. Email Laurie Brady ( lmbrady@wustl.edu ) and use SOS DROP OFF in the subject line.

Off-Campus Housing (Quadrangle and non-WashU)
Collection Events

Students can schedule a pick-up of large items (furniture, etc.) and boxes of smaller items on select collection dates (2022): May 21, May 27, May 31, and June 27. The scheduling form for collection events will only be active until 2 days prior to the event, or until pick-up slots are full. If you are not able to schedule a pick-up time, or if you prefer, you can drop them off the day of the event, between 9 am and 3 pm. The collection event will be held at WashU’s North Campus; signage will direct you to the drop off site.

Pick-Up Service Areas:
  • Parkview Gardens (north of Loop)
  • Ames Place/Rosedale Heights (U Drive/Washington Avenue)
  • Skinker-DeBaliviere and DeBaliviere Place (between Skinker and Union)
  • Forsyth

If not within the service area, you can bring items to North Campus during a collection event or by appointment for donation or disposal. See below for details.

Accepted Materials:
  • Large furniture & electronics: ONLY accepted during scheduled pick-ups; drop-off location at North Campus cannot accommodate large items unless by appointment (see below).
  • 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.”
Donation Drop Off

Small items can be dropped off during business hours (M-F, 8:30am – 3:30pm) at North Campus’s Mail & Receiving dock. Donation bins will be visible on the east side of the building.

Students with large items (anything greater than 30lbs, furniture, etc.) can drop off for donation or disposal BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at WashU’s North Campus. You must schedule a time for someone to meet you at the SOS storage facility. Dumping furniture without an appointment is illegal and WUPD will be patrolling the area. Scheduled appointments are available during business hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm, M-F. Email Laurie Brady ( lmbrady@wustl.edu ) and use SOS DROP OFF in the subject line.

Donate to Local Nonprofits

If you aren’t able to participate in one of the move-out events but still want to donate your materials, click here for suggestions of non-profit organizations to get a sense of what they are looking for and how to donate. Please contact the organization in advance or refer to their website to confirm they will be able to use what you are wanting to donate. You can also utilize this resource directory for finding disposal and donation recommendations for hard-to-recycle items across the St. Louis area.

Give/Sell Directly to Other Students

Students are encouraged to connect with other students directly to sell or giveaway their unwanted items at the end of the semester. WashU offers WashUReUse, an exchange platform that is free and open to all in the WashU community. Users can sign up easily with their WashU e-mail address and start posting right away. An in-app message board will allow you to ask questions of the owner and set up the details of the exchange.

Note that posts will be visible to all WashU staff, faculty and students. If you only want to give/sell to students, include that information in your post.

You can also try public exchange platforms on Facebook (Marketplace, Buy Nothing Groups, WashU Free & For Sale), or craigslist to sell or giveaway your belongings.

Donate Your Bike

Done with your bike? Contact sustainability@wustl.edu if you would like to donate your bike to a new user.

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.

Responsible Disposal

Not all materials are suitable for donation. Please review the list of accepted items before putting into donation bins.

For students in off-campus housing, we do have some options for responsibly disposing of electronic waste (e-waste), furniture, and other bulky items.

  • E-waste should never be thrown in the landfill or recycling bins. E-waste, defined as “anything with a cord or battery,” should be responsibly recycled through a certified recycler. Students are encouraged to take e-waste to STS for recycling (open during business hours). If you are including e-waste in donation drop off or pick up, please clearly label as broken/non-working so that we don’t hand it off to a non-profit and shift the burden of managing the e-waste to them.
  • You can participate in a collection event by requesting a pick-up on one of the scheduled event days if you are within the service area. Specify that the item is not in usable condition.
  • Your landlord may provide options or instructions for how to deal with bulky items at move-out time.
  • WashU provides dumpsters for WashU students to responsibly dispose of bulky items at several locations: 745 Interdrive and 6645 Washington Avenue
  • WashU students can drop off bulky items for disposal at North Campus by appointment (see details above for bulky donation). Do not drop off without an appointment – this is illegal dumping and WUPD will be monitoring the area.  

Questions? Contact cassandra.hage@wustl.edu

Additional Move-Out Resources

Beyond the items listed above, students are encouraged to donate belongings directly to a charity or non-profit.  View a list of organizations accepting specific types of donations here.

You can also utilize this resource directory for finding disposal and donation recommendations for hard-to-recycle items across the St. Louis area.

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

Since Share Our Stuff was launched in 2010, we have been improving the model to increase the impact. This year, there will be several pathways to cycle materials back to students, specifically focusing on under-resourced and low income students. We are focusing on the “highest and best” use for the materials, first targeting students, then direct service organizations, then organizations that have resale outlets to support their missions. All non-profit agencies are currently serving clients in the St. Louis region.

Partners

Many campus partners make the Share Our Stuff drive a success each year, including Residential Life, Campus Mail, 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). New this year, UTrucking will help facilitate off-campus pickups.