Student Move-In/Move-Out Guide

Student Move-In

The Office of Campus Sustainability and Waste Management Services work with U-M Housing to make student move-in an Earth-friendly event.

What should you do?

Bring cardboard boxes and Styrofoam to your residence hall’s loading dock. Or, if you live in Baits Housing or the Northwood Community Apartments, bring materials to the dumpsters located around the parking lots.

Now What?

Break ’em down! Empty out any trash or foam and flatten the boxes and toss them into the large, blue recycling dumpster.

Cardboard recycling dumpster with flatten example

Flatten cardboard boxes – then recycle them.

What else?

Newspaper and office paper from boxes can also be recycled in the blue dumpster. Place plastic bubble wrap, Styrofoam blocks and packing peanuts in separate bags and place in the designated area near the dumpsters.

Please remember to put other waste materials in the brown trash dumpsters.

Student Move-Out: Don't Dump It, Donate It!

It’s the end of April and you’ve finished your final exams. It’s time to pack everything up and move out but YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR THIS STUFF! Sound familiar? If so, OCS and Waste Management Services (WMS) have an alternative besides throwing this great stuff away – donate it! (Off Campus Move Out information here)

Beginning a week before resident Move-Out times, donation areas are set up inside each residence hall. This area is where residents can donate items they don’t want, can’t believe they own, or simply don’t have room for in their car. Materials are picked up by WMS staff, sorted, and donated to local non-profits. Last year, 10.5 tons of donations were collected from residents like you and donated to Food Gatherers, Salvation Army, the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop and the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop. Please review the table below to determine in which box your donated items should go.

Northwood Community Apartments residents can participate in the Move Out donation program. Yellow collection boxes will be placed in Northwood III laundry rooms. Residents are asked to please bag donations separately according to the type of donation (food, clothing, shoes, etc.).

Items to Donate

Clothing Must be clean and undamaged. Include items like shirts, robes, p.j’s, socks, coats, hats, etc.  [Photo, Clothing]
Shoes Put all of your unwanted shoes & slippers in the yellow boxes marked “shoes.” Tie or bundle pairs of shoes together.  [Photo, Shoe]
Food and Toiletries Must be un-opened. Include canned foods, ramen noodles, soap, shampoo, Pop Tarts, tea bags, etc.
No glass or perishables please!
 [Photo, Food]
Bedding Must be clean and undamaged. Pillows, blankets, sheets, towels and throw rugs.  [Photo, Bedding]
Household Items Must be in usable condition. Include items like small appliances, kitchen and cooking utensils, baskets, school supplies, etc.  [Photo, Household items]

Silverware, plates, glasses and trays should be returned to Dining Services.

“Take It or Leave It!”

Please bring large and bulky items like carpets and furniture to the “Take It or Leave It” areas located outside the residence hall loading docks and at Northwood III dumpster areas. And as the sign says, please feel free to take whatever items you find and give them a new home.

Take It or Leave It areas

Carpets and Rugs Must be rolled up neatly and sealed with cord or tape. Place in designated area outside.  [Photo, Carpet]
Furniture Place neatly in designated area outside.  [Photo, Furniture]