Cougar Free Store



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What is a Free Store?

A free store is what it sounds like: a place where various items donated by the community can be taken and used by other members of that community. The Cougar Free Store is a place where members of the CofC community can donate items (see our list of Dos and Don'ts below) and take items for FREE.

Why Should I care?

Reducing Environmental Impact

As of 2020, over 60% of what we get rid of on campus goes to the landfill (see the College’s Zero Waste initiative). Because we serve as an alternative place for unwanted items to go, we divert them from becoming waste and encourage reuse instead.

We see older, extra, and unwanted goods on campus as resources that can and should be reused. We receive an average of 350 lbs of donations per month! Instead of sending items that are still usable to the landfill, please consider donating them to the Free Store.

Increasing Accessibility & Equity

We are a resource for members of the CofC community who may have difficulty accessing a range of things like school supplies, kitchenware, clothing and more. Our store aims to reduce financial strain and provide basic necessities of living with the support of others on campus.

Building a Stronger CofC Community

We ascribe to a mutual-aid system, where everyone has something to contribute, and everyone has something they need. We strive to foster an environment where everyone on campus not only feels welcome, but can connect with and help out fellow Cougars. 

Where is the Cougar Free Store?

We are currently located on the first floor of 207 Calhoun Street, behind the Addlestone Library - you can access our building from Pitt or Calhoun Street. We’re listed as the “Multicultural Center: Multicultural Student Programs & Services” (#12) on the official campus map.

The Center for Sustainable Development now shares the 207 Calhoun Street building with the Center for International Education. From the main entrance of the building (from Pitt Street), the Free Store is the first room on the right, before the stairs! If you’re still struggling to find us, be on the lookout for signage to point you in our direction.

Inside the Cougar Free Store

The Cougar Free Store is typically open during the academic year when classes are in session. We are usually closed during parts of Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break. Operating hours may be adjusted based on availability of CSD student staff. Please see the table below for our normal operating hours for the Spring 2023 semester!

**Normal Store Operating Hours (below) start Jan. 11th**

Monday - Thursday

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 



10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

What policies do you have?

To keep our store running smoothly, we do have a few policies we ask you to abide by:

  • Before donating, please check to make sure it’s accepted
    • As of Fall 2022, donations are only accepted on Fridays or by appointment
  • this resource is for students, faculty, and staff at CofC
  • Take no more than 1 bulky/low stock item per visit 
  • If you take anything, please ‘check-out’ 
  • Exercise empathy and common sense
  • Click here to find our policies and procedures in the Cougar Free Store Guide (updated September 2022!).  

Dos and Don'ts of Donations


Donations must be clean and in working condition, and must be useful to someone else.

How do I donate to you?

As of Fall 2022, donations are only accepted on Fridays (between the hours of 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) or by appointment. If you need to set up a donation appointment, please follow this link

Contact Information

If you have any questions or have any feedback on the Free Store, please let us know via email or stop by and talk to us - there should be someone on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd floor of 207 Calhoun Street that can help. 


Center for Sustainable Development email:




Updated: January 2023