Moving Out? Sort it Out!



Moving Out? Sort It Out.


You might not be moving out until the summer, but spring is a great time of year for a good sort out.  

The winter wardrobe, Christmas decorations, things you simply haven’t used all year...if you’ve got stuff you no longer need, sorting it now will and save stress in the summer.  


We’ve teamed up to help you sort your stuff like a pro!

Our top tips are:  

  • Start early – Getting ahead on sorting your things will make you feel like a champion. 
  • Chat to your housemates – what’s happening to the shared stuff like the Christmas tree?  
  • Don't waste a trip – especially if there’s a car boot involved. If you're heading home for Easter, take back things you won’t need for the summer.  


Barter it.


Can't give it a home? Find it a home.

There are lots of ways to give your things a new home and possibly even make some cash. Try online options such as, Vinted, webuybooks, Facebook Marketplace and the Leeds Student Group page. 

You can also sell and swap in person at the following events:- 


Left Bank Junk Yard Sales

Sunday 14th April 

Sunday 12th May 

Sunday 9th June 


Bank it.


Use donation banks in your area.

There are so many donation bank points across your area, you are never more than a short walk away from one. For exact locations have a look at this map.  


Clothing, household items and books

Many of your local banks take all these items, but this year we have installed many new donation banks to make this even easier for you.  


Clothing Banks on Campus

We have a couple of Clothing Banks around campus including in Accommodation areas and Fountains Court


British Heart Foundation Banks

Your heart is precious. Together, with your donations, we can power the research that helps protect it if something goes wrong.

-  All Saints Accommodation and Fountains Court


There are also a couple of bags that you can grab and fill around campus



Cash 4 kids 

Cash for Kids supports children and young people affected by poverty, abuse, neglect, life-limiting illness and those who have additional needs.

There is a clothing bank outside AG-11 



We all love a good book and what better way to share the magic by donating your unwanted books to a book swap, charity shop or little library,


Leeds Trinity Library 

The library have a booke xchange which is free to all students and members of the community. You can donate your unwanted books here to give your books a new home!



Leeds Little Library 

Leeds Little Free Library is a growing network of beautifully painted book exchanges across our city. You can simply leave a book in the library for someone to pick up it's as easy as that! Wy not grab one for yourself whilst your here!




Find a Little Library near you by using the map:





Local Charity Shops in Horsforth 


Shelter Shops (Horsforth) 

We love donations of high quality, second-hand items! Whether you're making space in your wardrobe by getting rid of old clothes, freeing yourself of unwanted books, or just having a bit of a clear out, bring your pre-loved goods down to our shop.

Address: 34 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4RJ

Phone0113 258 3084


What we accept

  • good quality second-hand clothes

  • books

  • CDs and DVDs

  • good quality furniture*

  • electrical items*


St Gemma's Hospice Horsforth

St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds provides the best possible care for local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Address: 29 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LJ

Phone0113 258 5761

All of our St Gemma’s charity shops can accept unwanted men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, shoes, handbags, toys, games, books, music and bric-a-brac. We can also accept electrical items (not large white goods) and our Halton Emporium, Chapel Allerton Furniture and Meanwood shops accept furniture donations.


Cancer Research UK

Donate pre-loved items through our stores and online marketplaces to help raise funds for world-class cancer research.Find your nearest shop and drop in your donations. Each bag that you donate to us could be worth £25, based on the average bag value, which goes directly to supporting our groundbreaking work.

Address: 14 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4RJ

Phone0113 239 0091

What items can I donate?

  • Men's, women's and children's clothing
  • Accessories including shoes, belts, handbags and jewellery
  • Quality homeware - anything from cushions to crockery
  • Linens
  • Books, CDs and DVDs
  • Mobile phones and used printer cartridges
  • Electricals (but please check with your local shop before you donate these)



No-one likes to throw away good food, so don’t. There are plenty of ways of donating your unwanted food on and off campus. The University Grub Hub, Chapliancy and Rainbow Junktion Community Café would love to have your food donations. 


University Grub Hub 

The Grub Hub was setup to support students and is open to everyone. Based with Student support you can have a quick chat with them if you require anything. The Grub Hub also accepts donations, so if you have any non perishable items please do donate them to Student Support.



The Chapliancy 

The Chapliancy are lovely and work extremely hard to help the community. This inlcudes collecting donations to local food banks. Please drop off any unwanted food or products to the Chapliancy Office and they will drop it off to a local food bank or charity shop on their next trip.


Rainbow Junktion Community Café

All Hallows Church, 24 Regent Terrace, LS6 1NP 

Donate from 10am to 4pm Monday, Thursday & Friday. Ring the doorbell. 


  • Pet food  
  • Opened spices/oils  
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Unopened bread/bakery products
  • Eggs up to a week past their best before date  
  • Unopened tinned food like bean or soup and dry food like pasta (even if past best before date) 
  • Unopened frozen food that is labelled and dated.


Bin it.


Use the correct bin for your waste.

When you are clearing out, you might have stuff that can’t be donated. Sort through your waste responsibly. Don’t get dumped with £200 fine!

There’s a black bin collection every week. Make sure you make the most of every single one.

Download the Leeds Bins app for bin day reminders – don’t forget to update it when you move.

Use your green bin only for paper, metals and plastic and the black bin for general rubbish.

To get more information visit Leeds Council's Bins, Waste, and Recycling Website.

Do not leave waste on the street or at the side of your bin. Only waste INSIDE your bin will be taken away, don’t leave any items on the street.




Concerned about getting your deposit back? Here is our advice on what you can do to maximise your chances of getting it all back. If you need some more help Book a Chat with Matt.

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