Domestic and international students are returning to UOW in 2022, and so is Goodwill Hunting – our annual event designed to help students establish themselves in Wollongong by giving them the opportunity to pick up free household items. COVID-19 caused its cancellation in 2021, but Goodwill Hunting will be back bigger and better than ever on Friday 25 February 2022.

Goodwill Hunting has become enshrined as a must-do for students as they navigate their way into the start of the new academic year. Its success has depended on the generosity of UOW staff and community members who for the past 10 years have donated surplus household items to the cause. Their reward has been the goodwill generated between the students, the University and the wider community – as well as knowing their surplus homewares have a new and useful life.

The event has traditionally attracted more than 1000 eager students aiming to collect free household items ranging from crockery, cutlery and saucepans to bed linen and towels. If you want to get a taste of what transpires during the Goodwill Hunting initiative, watch this YouTube video. We will start collecting donated household items soon. Hopefully the COVID lockdown has given you the opportunity to de-clutter your household, so you will have all sorts of items looking for a new home.

Your friendly GOODWILL HUNTING team is happy to help. We accept any household item that can help a student set up home for the first time.If you have bed linen to donate, we would really appreciate you indicating whether it is for a single, double, queen or king bed, and ensuring that it is in a clean, usable condition. Please, no furniture items as we unfortunately do not have the space to store these.

If you have furniture that you would like to donate, please take an image of your furniture item and email it to Please include your name, mobile phone number, suburb and a description of the item, including dimensions, and we will place it on our ‘furniture board’ for students to contact you direct to arrange pick-up.

This year, our collection days will start on Saturday 11 December 2021 and will continue over a number of days in December, January and February.

Please feel free to pass on the attached flyer flyer highlighting UOW’s Goodwill Hunting initiative and showing our upcoming collection dates.

Thank you SO much for your continued support of this well-received initiative for our students.

You can visit the Goodwill Hunting website here.