A single room in Tripp Residence Hall in 2019

Best Room Contest

Each year, University Housing hosts a competition to find the best-decorated room in the University Residence Halls. Show off your room for a chance to win prizes and earn the title of the best room on campus picked from hundreds of entries.


  • All contestants will be awarded a Bean & Creamery coupon for either a hot beverage or a small ice cream (one coupon per room resident)
  • All finalist rooms will receive a free pizza party courtesy of University Housing Dining & Culinary Services (feeds up to 30 people)
  • Each resident of the grand prize-winning room from the finalists will receive a $200 Wiscard deposit

Rules & Eligibility

University Housing’s Best Room Contest is open to undergraduate residents* living in all residence halls.

  • Late entries will be disqualified
  • Please take pictures of your room with enough light that your room is actually visible
  • Rooms will be selected as finalists by University Housing based on cleanliness, creativity, best use of space and individuality
  • If living in a double/triple occupancy room, ALL roommates must agree to enter the contest
  • Entries which display a violation of the University Residence Halls contract or the Student/Community Expectations (Arrangement and Decoration of Rooms Policy, found starting on page 2) will be disqualified
  • By entering the contest, participants agree to the use of their photographs and name to be used by University Housing in electronic/print publications, social media, promotional videos, and other multimedia
  • Finalists will be contacted by University Housing regarding a brief professional photoshoot in their room for judging and promotional purposes
  • Facebook “likes” will not be factored into the selection of the grand prize-winning room
  • Grand prize winners will need to complete paperwork to receive their prize and may need to report the prize on their tax forms
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook; you are providing your information to the UW-Madison Division of University Housing and not to Facebook

*Unfortunately, due to tax regulations, House Fellows and international students cannot win the $200 grand prize, but are still welcome and encouraged to enter and receive a Bean & Creamery coupon and a pizza party