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Students on the move

Tips for a successful end of term move-out. 

With final exams underway, the next items on many student to-do lists will be cleaning, packing and preparing to move. 

To make this often-stressful process easier, Queen’s University, the AMS and the city offer several moving-related resources. On April 30 and May 1, MacGillivray-Brown Hall will host the annual Drop & Shop event. Students will be able to bring their unwanted items to the event during these two days, and purchase any items they may need.

“The Drop & Shop program is a great way for students to drop off unneeded household items, saving the hassle of moving them, while allowing others to pick up necessities at low cost,” says Nirali Patel, Student Life Centre Managing Director, “all while benefiting local charities.” 

Drop & Shop will run both days from 8 am-7 pm in MacGillivray-Brown Hall. Students can donate their gently-used clothing, linens, books, sports equipment and unopened food and personal hygiene products. Faculty, staff and community members are welcome to buy items. Proceeds from the sale will support local youth charities. 

Students will also be able to get rid of unneeded items by taking part in the city’s Giveaway Day this coming Saturday, April 16. Label the items as “free” and place them by the curb. At the end of the day, remaining items can be donated to charity, as the city will not collect unclaimed items left at the curb.

If you need packing supplies, moving boxes and tape are available for sale at the Student Life Centre in the JDUC. Students will also be able to purchase city garbage tags ($2 each) from the JDUC, City Hall, the AMS office or the DrugSmart pharmacy in the Queen’s Centre. 

The City of Kingston has also created a student resource page, providing information on waste disposal, Utilities Kingston accounts closure and property standards.