Think you have the best college dorm room in Mass.? Enter our contest

Ciara Kamahele, our contest winner in 2014, and her suitemates at MIT painted a mural of various sea creatures on their doors, then installed a black light in the ceiling to make them glow. Ciara Kamahele

Maybe you watch a lot of HGTV or maybe you read our weekly newsletter. Or maybe you just know a thing or two about how to decorate a cinder-block rectangle.  

Whatever the case may be, if you are currently living in a college dorm in Massachusetts and have an Instagram account, you can enter our contest to be crowned the best dorm decorator in the state. Oh, and we should mention, if chosen, you will win a $1,000 gift card — all you need to do is take a picture of your room and post it, following the directions below.

There were more than 138,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Boston-area colleges and universities alone last year, and this does not even include numbers from the rest of the state. The competition will be steep — so, along with buying books and meeting up with friends, you better start decorating. 

(Designers offer cool ideas for decorating your dorm room.)

Here are the rules:

Follow @Boston on Instagram.  Take a photograph of your college dorm room.  Between 7:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, and 11:59:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, post the photo to your Instagram account.  Your post must include: (a) the handle @Boston tagged in the photo; (b) the hashtag #BostonDormContest; (c) a mention of your college (you may meet this requirement by tagging your school’s official Instagram account, if they have one, or by using your school’s location tag).  

Judging criteria:

  1.   Use of dorm room space;
  2.   Creativity of dorm room decor;
  3.   Innovation of dorm room decor.

You can find the rules in more detail here.

Need inspiration? You can read about some of our past winners: an MIT student’s dorm with violet walls and a loft or another MIT student’s room with a hand-painted mural that added lots of color.

Happy decorating!

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