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As you move into your housing space, we’d love to see how you make it your campus home. Does your room show your Purdue pride? Or maybe it’s your well-being oasis. Whatever it is, we’d love to see it! We’re searching for the best decorated rooms in Purdue University Residences, and we’re prepared to reward you for your creativity. Take a picture and upload it to our online submission form, along with a brief description of your theme, to submit your room for consideration. Great prizes and bragging rights await!

Haven't decorated your room yet? Here are some ideas for inspiration:

  • A theme related to your school or major
  • Your favorite Purdue sport
  • A calm and comforting self-care sanctuary
  • A modern, classy look that's ready for HGTV
  • Anything else that you can think of!


How to Enter

Guidelines for Photos

  • Make sure that your room is well lit when you take the photo.
  • Check that your photo is in focus.
  • It’s great if you (and/or your roommates) want to be in the photo submission, but it isn’t required.
  • “Selfies” are acceptable, but it’s best if you can ask another person to help take the photo.
  • Don't include any minor siblings or other family members in your photo.

Official Rules

  • You must be currently enrolled at Purdue and have a signed housing contract for the 2023-24 school year in order to win a prize.
  • Social media posts, likes, and shares are not factored into the judging.
  • Be careful not to do anything that damages your room. Any entries that are found to have violated the housing contract rules will be disqualified and ineligible for prizes. See the University Residences Guidelines and Policies for more information.
  • If you have a roommate or roommates, everyone living in the room must agree to enter the contest.
  • If you enter the contest, you agree to allow Purdue University Residences to use your photos, name, and likeness in promotional materials. You also agree to allow Purdue staff to take professional photographs of your decorated room if you win a prize.
  • For your safety, please don’t put your room number or residence hall into any social media posts about the contest. Also, be sure that any personally identifying information (like your name or initials), minor siblings, or other family members are not visible in submitted or posted images.
  • Entries will be accepted beginning on August 14 at 12:00 a.m.
  • All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on September 22, 2023.
  • Finalists and winners will be notified by email, so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox. We will try to contact you via phone. If we still can't reach you, another finalist or winner will be chosen.
  • Purdue University Residences reserves the right to modify the contest rules at its sole discretion. Prizes may be substituted for items of equal or greater value.

Contest Process Information and Prizes

A panel made up of Purdue Student Life Marketing staff will judge the entries based on:

  • Creativity
  • Theme/personality
  • Purdue pride
  • Use of materials
  • Overall look

This panel will select three finalists from each of the following categories:

  • Single room
  • Double room
  • Suite+ (triples, apartments, quads, other configurations) 

Professional photos will be taken of each finalist and shared on University Residences social media accounts. Finalists will receive:

  • A $10 Lawson gift card for each resident of a room selected to be a finalist

A judging panel made up of students, staff, and administrators from University Residences will then select an overall winner in each of the three room categories. Overall winners will receive:

  • A Boiler Basket for each occupant of a winning room
  • A Keurig coffee brewing machine (1 per winning room)
  • A gift card for a meal at Walk-Ons in the Purdue Memorial Union for each occupant of a winning room