Day of Move-Out


Since 2008, Business Services has operated PennMOVES which collects items that Penn students can’t take with them when they leave campus in May – clothes, furniture, appliances, books, housewares, toys, sporting goods and nonperishable food, etc. To divert them from landfill, these items are collected and donated to Goodwill. On average, over 52,000 pounds of items are collected each year.

PennMOVES 2021 will run from April 30 – May 18. Please note: because of the ongoing pandemic, significant changes have been made to PennMOVES this year. Donation locations will be self-service only, and will not be staffed. Because of this change, large or unwieldy items that do not fit in the donation bin slots will not be accepted, and under no circumstances may items be left unattended outside of the donation boxes. All donations must be deposited inside the donation bins. Additionally, donation receipts will not be issued. If you would like to donate an item and require a donation receipt, please contact the phone number listed on the donation bin.

For full details on PennMOVES, click on the arrows below:

  • We continue to work with Goodwill; in addition to handling housewares, unopened, nonperishable food, clothing, and other items, they partner with an e-waste recycler and will accept all of our electronics, functional or not, provided they fit inside of a donation bin.
  • Faculty and staff may deposit their items in Goodwill bins across campus.
  • Off campus residents may bring their items to campus to one of the donation sites.

  • Clothes: should be clean and dry. No undergarments except unused in original packaging, or bras that are clean and in good condition.
  • Soft goods: towels, sheets, pillowcases, comforters, clothes etc. should be clean and dry
  • Shoes, boots, jewelry and accessories: matching items should be kept together, shoes can be tied together, or rubber banded together
  • Household items: No items larger than 24"x18". Box or wrap dishes & silverware in sets. Please make sure all donations are in working order.
  • Office items: paper, pencils, pens, folders: Clean and in usable condition
  • Electronics: No items larger than 24"x18" phones, e-readers, laptops, etc., functional or not.
  • Other items: Toys, sports equipment, books, nonperishable food items new in sealed container

  • Items larger than 24"x18"
  • Broken, dirty appliances, housewares, etc. 
  • Foam egg crate mattress toppers, mattress pads
  • Soft goods that are dirty, damp, torn, stained
  • Open or used toiletries
  • Any cleaning supplies
  • Perishable food
  • Open non-perishable food
  • Bona-fide trash
  • Any furniture that came with your room/apartment or from your College House or Sansom Place residence
  • Socks or underwear (except for clean bras and items unused in the original packaging)

  • Hamilton Village – Donation boxes adjacent to Locust Walk, just west of Harnwell.
  • LCH – Donation boxes in the Heyman Courtyard.
  • Sansom Place East – Donation box at the Sansom East patio, just outside the lobby entrance.
  • The Quadrangle – Donation boxes near the Upper and Lower Quad Gates
  • Kings Court/English House – Donation box outdoors, near entrance to lobby.
  • Hill – Donation boxes beneath the entrance bridge, just outside of the dining entrance.

  • The Quadrangle/Hill/KCECH/LCH: 24/7 from April 30 – May 13
  • Hamilton Village: 24/7 from April 30 – May 18
  • Sansom Place East: April 30 – June 30