Student and parents carrying items during move-in

Resident Checkout Program

Interested in saving money? Take advantage of our Resident Checkout Program, available to on-campus residents free of charge!  

Please note: Based upon last year's demand being 3 times greater than our stock can currently accommodate, we anticipate that items may not be available for request while demand remains unfulfilled. Items are available based on request date. We are working to build our inventory to better meet demand with donations through the Recovery Drive

Moving out? Donate your unwanted items!

Donate clean used items in good condition & unopened food/products to the Recovery Drive during prep week & finals week! Look for the blue and green bins in your community. Please read below for more information.

Short-term Checkout

All residence halls on campus offer free 24-hour checkouts of household and recreational items. With more than 1,600 items with a combined worth of over $32,000, students are encouraged to take advantage of this fantastic resource during their time on campus. Typical residence hall inventory includes vacuums, brooms, irons, moving carts, space heaters, games, sports equipment, and more. Check with your friendly front desk attendant to see what is available in your resident hall. 

Long-term Checkout

Popular room essentials are available for long-term checkout through the Residence Hall Reuse Program via donations from on-campus residents. Gently used donations are cleaned, tested, and labeled before they are added to existing inventory. Residents check out items for the whole academic year by default. Inventory for long-term checkout includes microwaves, minifridges, kettles, mirrors, and more!

Program Benefits

  1. By offering students quality residence hall essentials for free, living on-campus becomes more accessible and affordable. 
  2. By keeping items in use longer, we can work together to reduce our solid waste footprint within the residence halls. 
  3. By emphasizing sustainability education and the benefits of a circular economy, we can engage students’ critical thinking about personal consumption and foster students’ community engagement. 

More Information

Each residence hall has their own inventory of items available for 24-hour checkout unless otherwise noted. Talk to your friendly front desk attendant to see what is available. New additions to residence hall inventories are purchased with based upon student demand or as needed. Want something your desk doesn't have? Fill out our item suggestion survey!

HOW TO CHECK OUT 

  1. Bring your Western ID Card to your residence hall’s front desk during posted business hours. 
  2. Check out for 24 hours or allowed checkout period. 
  3. Return cleaned items during posted business hours.   

EXAMPLES OF AVAILABLE INVENTORY  

  • Brooms  
  • Vacuums  
  • Space Heaters  
  • Moving Carts/ Dollies  
  • Irons 
  • Board games 
  • Sports equipment 
  • Tools 
  • Electronics 

Popular room essentials are available for long-term checkout through the Residence Hall Reuse Program via donations from on-campus residents. Gently used donations are cleaned, tested, and labeled before they are added to existing inventory. Residents check out items for the whole academic year by default. 

Inventory curated long-term checkout includes:  

  • Minifridges
  • Microwaves
  • Electric Kettles
  • Water Filters
  • Storage Bins & Racks
  • Lighting
  • Mirrors

HOW TO RESERVE ITEMS:  

Information regarding reservations will be sent to your WWU email prior to Fall Move-in. Check your email regularly for more information on when reservations open. 

Reservations are made through your MyHousing portal under the "Resident Checkout Program" tab.

Please note:

  • Reservations are only available in MyHousing prior to Fall Move-in.
  • All items for long-term check out will require residents to transport from the University Residences warehouse to their residences during move in. The University Residences Warehouse is located on the lower level of the Commissary building, on the South side of campus near Buchanan Towers. View the interactive campus map here

If you have any questions or concerns, please email University Residences Facilities at residencesfacilities@wwu.edu

Don't let your unwanted items go to waste, let others reuse them! Donate clean used items in good condition and unopened food or hygiene products to the Recovery Drive during Prep Week and Finals! Drop off your items in the respective bin ASAP! Follow the instructions provided to your WWU email.

PLEASE SORT ITEMS ACCORDINGLY:                                        

Green Bins:

  • Unopened, non-perishable foods

Blue Bins:

  • Clothing & Shoes
  • Laundry, cleaning, and unopened hygiene products
  • Electronics
  • Appliances*
  • Storage bins and racks
  • Mirrors*
  • Lamps*
  • Towels, pillows, and bedding
  • Books, toys, school supplies
  • Non-upholstered furniture*

*Place oversized items in the designated surrounding taped-off area

Please DO NOT donate mattress toppers.

Recovery Drive Drop Off Locations for Spring 2024

If you are moving off-campus during the quarter and you have items you no longer need which you would like to donate, please contact ResidencesFacilities@wwu.edu.

If you are moving out at the end of the quarter, please remember that you are responsible for returning all items clean, undamaged, and in working condition in accordance with the terms and conditions. Returns must be processed at your community front desk during hours of operation. Failure to do so may result in a charge for the value of the item(s) rented.

If you are moving off campus during the quarter, please contact residencesfacilites@wwu.edu.

Front desk hours can be found on your community page

Resident Responsibilities

Items should be properly returned either at the end of the agreed upon period or before the resident checks out of the room. Failure to do so will be processed via appropriate conduct and/or student billing measures in accordance with Community Standards

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments, or quandaries, feel free to email us at residencesfacilities@wwu.edu. Follow our Instagram @wwuhousingsustainability for regular program updates.