1. TAKE IT:
Plan to pack and take your stuff home.
2. STORE IT: If you plan on returning to campus, consider storing your stuff until next year! Storing is a much more cost-effective solution than re-buying all your household items again at the beginning of the year. American University partners with the UPS Store for special summer storage rates! Check out AU Storage for more information.
3. SELL IT: Why not try to sell unwanted stuff and make some money?
- There is a Facebook Open Group within American University called Free & For Sale. Consider exchanging as well. Please make common sense safety precautions online, just as you would offline.
- Other online resources include: Craigslist, Etsy, Ebay, Amazon.
- Sell your books to the Campus Store or online. The best option is to sell your books as soon as the semester ends - books get outdated and new versions of a book may drop the buyback price.
4. DONATE IT: If you have exhausted all the options above, AU provides options to donate in your residence halls.
- Clothes, Shoes, Belts, Other Textiles (e.g., towels, blankets, bedding, linen, pillows, scarves, socks, hats, etc.)
- A container will be placed near the elevator lobbies of each residence hall floor marked Clothes, Shoes & Textile Donations. Items MUST be bagged.
- NOT ACCEPTED: Jewelry and other non-textile items (e.g., sunglasses, headbands, etc.)
- Clothes, Shoes, Belts, & Other Textiles will be donated to The Clothing Recycling Company.
- Food & Toiletries
- Please be considerate and ONLY donate unopened non-perishable food items or unopened toiletries
- Boxes will be provided on each kitchen/lounge spaces of the residence halls.
- Food & Toiletries will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.
- Kitchen Items (e.g., pots, pans, dishes, cups, utensils, mugs, other serving/cooking related items)
- Boxes labeled Kitchen Items will be located on each residence hall kitchen/lounge area.
- NOT ACCEPTED: Appliances
- Collection boxes for books will be located on the 1st floor of your residence hall lobby.
- Books will be donated to Recycled Pages which supports our Alt Break scholarship programs.