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Best Nest Contest

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The 2023 Contest Is Here!

Every year students show off their creative and unique room designs in the Best Nest Contest. You can view past winners on this page (check out the social media links), get ideas for your room, and plan for this year's contest!

  • Submission - Monday, Feb. 6th - Sunday, Feb. 12th 
  • Voting - Thursday, Feb. 16th - Feb. Monday 20th
  • Winners announced - Feb. 24th 
  • Prize Claim - Wednesday, Mar. 1st - Friday, Mar. 3

How To Enter

  1. First, have fun decorating your room! This contest is all about creativity, not how much you own.
  2. Submit your three (3) best bedroom photos and a short story (50 words or fewer) for your room through our form. Make sure no people are in your photos - let your space shine!
  3. Make sure to LIKE/FOLLOW Housing & Residence Life @HomeAtAU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you can participate.
  4. Watch for your room album to post on Instagram and Facebook and share it with all of your AU friends and family encouraging them to follow us and like your album to help you in pursuit of the ultimate grand prize. 
  5. People's Choice and AU Spirit winners will be picked via the most "likes". The People's Choice winner will be chosen by the HRL Pro Staff.

  6. Finalists will be contacted by Housing & Residence Life to schedule a photo and video shoot of their room for announcement and publication. 

Winning Categories

  • Best Nest: Your room expresses your personality and who you are. The decorations and accents, such as bedding, wall decorations, and desk supplies, tell a story about your likes, your values, and your background. You have truly made your home at AU. This winner will be selected by HRL Pro Staff
  • People’s Choice: Votes or "likes" collected during the online voting window determine which room is the people's choice. Share your room post with your friends, make a new friend, and ask them to vote. The room post with the most likes will be best in show and take home the glory!
  • AU Spirit: Your room screams American University. Maybe the furniture and decorations, such as bedding, wall decorations, and desk supplies, are sporting the AU insignia. Maybe it's all about shades of red and blue, or DC, or AU values. There are lots of ways to show AU spirit! 


Winners will receive a Best Nest Winner certificate.

  • Best Nest: TBD
  • AU Spirit: TBD
  • People's Choice: TBD

Rules & Eligibility

  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline.
  • Entrants must "like" or follow Housing & Residence Life's Facebook page before their entries will be posted.
  • Only one entry per room (roommates who share a room cannot separately apply). All roommates must agree to enter the contest.
  • Only bedroom photos are eligible for submission. Students in Cassell, Nebraska, and the Frequency Apartments should not submit photos capturing their living room and/or kitchen spaces. 
  • Rooms must comply with health and safety expectations as written in the Student Conduct Code and Housing License Agreement, including having no prohibited items.
  • By entering the contest, participants agree to the use of their photographs and names to be used by American University in electronic and print publications, social media, promotional videos, and other multimedia.
  • Finalists will be contacted by Housing & Residence Life regarding a brief photoshoot of their room and the occupants for announcement and publication.
  • Photographs and entries must be 100% original content. Photographs that are stolen or copied material will be disqualified
  • Entries can be deleted without question at the discretion of Housing & Residence Life staff, even if the content isn't in direct violation of AU policy. We reserve the right to disqualify any person tampering with the operation of the promotion or otherwise violating these rules.

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