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Best Nest Contest

Best Next Competition, hosted by Housing & Residence Life

Show off your living style in our American University room design challenge, the Best Nest Contest, for a chance at glory and prizes! We are looking for the most creative and unique rooms on AU's campus that represent how you live, your creativity, and AU spirit.


  • Submissions accepted: Thursday, September 20-Tuesday, October 9 at 8 a.m. (deadline extended!)
  • Online voting: Tuesday, October 9-Tuesday, October 16 at 12 p.m.
  • Winners announced: Wednesday, October 17

How To Enter

  1. Decorate and set up your room with your roommate(s). We encourage you to be creative, pay attention to detail, and make sure the room expresses you and your AU spirit. Remember, we'll be judging on your creativity, not how much you own. Make sure no people are in your photos, let your space shine!
  2. Submit your three (3) best bedroom photos and a short story (50 words or fewer) for your room through our form.
  3. Make sure to LIKE/FOLLOW Housing & Residence Life @HomeAtAU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  4. Watch for your room album to post, share it with all of your AU friends and family encouraging them to follow HRL and like your album to help you in pursuit of the ultimate Best Nest grand prize.

Winning Categories

  • Best Nest (sponsored in part by American University Residence Hall Association): 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.
  • 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!
  • Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate (sponsored in part by Office of Sustainability): How do you and your roommate(s) make efforts to be more sustainable and save space in your room? Show us your DIY decorations, how you work to reduce your carbon footprint, the reusable items you use, and how you take advantage of the furniture in your room to stay organized.


  • Best Nest: Amazon Echo Dots
  • People's Choice: Amazon Fire Sticks
  • Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate: DOSS Touch Wireless Portable Speakers
  • snacks for your next study or movie break
  • an optional photo shoot of your room and the photos sent to you

Rules & Eligibility

  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline, Tuesday, October 9 at 8 a.m. to be posted for voting.
  • 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 Berkshire 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.