Stop buying new things. Everything here is free!

The Free Store is your one-stop shop to donate stuff you don’t want anymore and pick-up things you do want for FREE. Essentially, this is a “thrift store” where everything is free for members of the uOttawa community (students, staff, and alumni).

Our goal is to create a campus where waste is a thing of the past. By creating a space where anyone can drop off and pick up stuff, we hope to reduce consumption by offering free items to the campus. We want to make sure that items have a second chance to be used before they go to the landfill or off for recycling.

Some common items that you can find at the store are: used clothing, shoes, towels and blankets, office and school supplies, kitchenware, electronics, lamps, used textbooks and books, etc.

Free Store resources

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When is the Free Store open?

The Free Store is closed until June 2024.

The Free Store is located on campus at 100 Thomas More, room 102 (beside the Brooks Parking garage entrance).

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How to access the Free Store

To access the store, please make sure to have your uOttawa identification when you visit.

Free Store donations

You can donate by using the red donation bin located in the Learning Crossroads (CRX), under the main staircase.


We aren’t too picky about what we collect so long as it is something that could be used by someone else.

  • Clothing and footwear
  • Towels and blankets
  • Office supplies
  • Kitchen ware and small appliances
  • Electronics and lamps
  • Textbooks and novels
  • Much much more...

Not acceptable

  • Large pieces of furniture (sofas, beds, wall unit, etc.)
  • Large appliances (stoves, washer and dryers, etc.)
  • Broken and damaged electronics
  • Hazardous materials
  • Food
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There is nothing we appreciate more than the time you donate.
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hours donated by volunteers to keep the store running

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Where you can find us


100 Thomas More Private (room 102), Ottawa, ON

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