#DormGoals – OCM’s Dorm Decorating Contest 2016


OCM dorm room contest

We’re excited to announce the launch our Dorm Goals challenge! After spending the summer shopping for your dorm decor, conquering a hectic move-in day, and getting into the swing of the semester, you are probably well on your way to settling into your new dorm. You likely put a lot of thought into how you wanted to decorate it — whether it’s shabby-chic, preppy, or has a beachy, west coast vibe. The sheer fact that you’re reading our blog shows that you find dorm style important! So now that you’ve achieved the dorm vibe you were going for, you deserve to show it off.

That’s why we set up our Dorm Goals 2016 Challenge. Post your stylish dorm room photo to social media, use #dormgoals and tag @OCMdotCOM, and fill out our form to submit your entry — it’s as simple as that.  Not only do you get to show off your interior design skills, but you have the chance to win some awesome prizes.

The Details

It’s simple to enter! First, fill out the form to let us know a little more about you. Then post your dorm room photo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag @OCMdotCOM and use the #dormgoals hashtag. The contest will officially close on Friday, November 11, 2016.

At that point, we’ll share all of the photos entered in an album on the OCM Facebook Page. Users will have one week to ‘like’ their favorite dorm pic. The dorm photo with the most likes wins, and we’ll make the announcement on Friday, November 18, 2016!

What’s in it for me, you ask? One Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a $500 Visa Giftcard to spend however they please! Two Runner Ups will each receive a $150 Giftcard to the OCM store. This means they’ll get to add any finishing touches to their dorm rooms. Plus, each runner up will receive a novelty care package from our OCM, filled with plenty of goodies.

Who Should Enter?

All ladies and gents that are currently enrolled in a university in the United States and living in student housing are welcome to enter. Also, note that all photos must be your own and reflect the room you currently live in — we want to see your dorm decor skills.

Tips for Transforming Your Space into a Winning Dorm Room

Are you still working on your dorm room style? Don’t worry, with these tips we’ll get your room in #dormgoals shape before the close of the contest.


Sometimes, it’s hard to even know where to start with decorating when you have so many different items in such a small space. We believe that the focal point of most dorms is the bed, so we always recommend starting there. This is partly because it’s typically the largest thing in your dorm, and partly because it’s where you’ll spend so much time — from sleeping to studying and watching TV.

So if you chose the right bedding, everything else should fall into place. Whether you love ombre or if geometrics are more of your thing, the right bedding is so important to create the style and energy you’re looking for. However, if you’re stuck with the same bedding you used last year or decided to go the minimal route with neutrals, that doesn’t mean you can’t spice it up. Throw on a few colorful or textured throw pillows or blankets to take your bedding up a notch.

Finding Your Personal Aesthetic

Indie, boho, grunge, you name it. Your dorm room is a great way to express your personal style. However, sometimes that’s hard to identify. Maybe you have a lot of mismatched hand-me-downs or erred on the side of caution by buying all of your room supplies in the same neutral color. But neither of these situations are reasons not to own the dorm style you really want.

For any guys out there looking for a little guidance, check out our post on the 12 dorm essentials for guys. From basics like hampers to fun stuff like entertainment centers, there’s a lot to consider when putting together a cohesive, stylish dorm room that really is a reflection of your aesthetic. For the girls inspired by Mindy Kaling or wondering how to design a perfectly preppy dorm, we’ve also got you covered.

While we recommend using your bedding as a focal point, there’s one other way to really identify the style you want to go for. Look around your dorm and identify your favorite piece. Is it the acoustic guitar you were gifted at high school graduation? Or maybe it’s something as small as the stack of neon, fun-shaped post-it notes on your desk. If you use these items as your inspiration, you’ll know the direction you want to take your room — from indie to bright and loud.

Adding Simple Touches Can Make All The Difference

We know the struggle of the small dorm room, and sometimes it can feel very limiting when it comes to dorm decor. That’s why we love this small spaces video from Urban Outfitters. Dorm rooms are often so small that it’s almost a rite of passage to live in cramped quarters — but this video proves that if you go into it with a strategy, you can make even the smallest of spaces work!

Because you’re in cramped quarters, doesn’t mean that you can’t add simple decor touches. From lighting to wall art, you have tons of options to give your space that extra oomph it needs. We think lighting is great, because it can add intrigue and cancel out the often-dreary industrial lights most dorms have. Posters and other art are great touches because you can work with the vertical space in your room (i.e. your walls) to add flair. You can support artists by getting your art from Etsy, or DIY some vintage frames with a fresh, bright coat of spraypaint. At the end of the day, you’ll want to come home to a room that really meshes with you – so curate pieces thoughtfully and you’ll be sure to have a #dormgoals-worthy dorm in no time!

The Dorm Goals 2016 contest is now closed – thank you to everyone who entered! 

Dorm Room Dreamin’ with OCM


Pinterest Sweeps

What college student doesn’t want to win $300 to OCM.com? On our budget, that’s like 85 Big Macs or 37 Chipotle Burritos. Don’t pass that up! A burrito a week for the whole school year? Where do I sign up? All you have to do is create a Pinterest board titled “OCM Dream Dorm” and pin 8 or more items that are found in your dream dorm. Make it all about your style and show us what you would love to have in your dorm room. If you get chosen as the winner, you’ll have the chance to make your dream a reality with anything your heart desires from OCM.com! Make sure to hashtag #OCMDreamDorm on every item and you are entered to win! Don’t forget to include your name and email address in the description of your board so we can contact you if you are our winner! The sweepstakes runs from June 13th- July 11th so what are you waiting for? Check out http://www.ocm.com/Dorm_Room_Dreamin_Contest_Rules for more information about the Official Rules.
What kind of fun things are found in your dream dorm room?

OCM’s ’60 Days to 60,000 Likes’ Sweepstakes! Enter Through December


As you know, there’s nothing we love quite more than bringing you numerous ways to win great prizes. Last month we hosted the ‘Move In with OCM’ photo contest, and this time we’re at it again with a sweet sweepstakes to win BIG. Running up until December 14th, 2013, this sweepstakes gives you the chance to not only win awesome daily gift card prizes, but also gives ONE lucky student the chance to win a Spring Break trip of their DREAMS for them and two friends – on us. Excited? Us too. Here’s what you’ve got to do:

1) Head on over to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ocmoncampus.









2) Locate the ‘ENTER TO WIN’ button located in the top navigation bar, under our cover photo. It’s the bright blue one that looks like paradise (just where you’ll be going if you win the grand prize).





3) Make sure you’ve ‘liked’ OCM on Campus for your chance to enter and win! This contest is only available to our fans. We promise you’ll enjoy the awesome college memes, blog topics, updates and more.










And ┬á- don’t forget! This contest is referral enabled: that means that we see every person you refer to the contest. Go ahead and spread the word, there could quite possibly be a secret reward for the person who refers the most applicants. Just sayin’ ┬á:)

Good luck!

Summer Before College Series 36: OCM Sweepstakes and Coupons!


Good morning, my lovely bloggers!

Have I got a treat for you on this wonderful Tuesday! Throughout the summer, I have advised you on what to buy and what not to buy, but I have failed to address the costs associated. Yes, going to college is extremely pricey, no matter where you go. There are many supplies to buy, not to mention tuition, room and board, and meal plan costs. You must learn to budget and to take advantage of every deal and sale that the world has to offer! That is why I would like to talk about OCMÔÇÖs newest sweepstake contest today.

As of last week, OCM has created a sweepstakes and giveaway for their Facebook followers. Each week, a random winner will be drawn and receive a $250 shopping credit to RHL.org, a website providing the best source of dorm linens and accessories for the college lifestyle. RHL.org is also affiliated by over 900 colleges, proving its credibility. The website offers bedding, bath, d├®cor, furniture, storage, and essential items. The site also sells pre-assembled packages to make shopping quicker and easier! Additionally, any student who enters the sweepstakes receives $10 off their order of $100 or more on the site! How great is that? You are bound to spend that much based on all of the necessities that you will need to purchase, so why not try to get some of them for free?

Have I convinced you yet? Well, if you are interested, you only need to follow a few steps to save money and possibly win $250!

First, make sure that you like the OCM Facebook page. This is a must if you want to win! Then, hit the green and blue ÔÇ£enter to winÔÇØ link at the top of the Facebook page. Finally, enter your information and cross your fingers! It is as easy that! A winner will be picked every week throughout August, so be sure to keep entering each week!

I would definitely advise every student to enter. You could save yourself up to $350 on supplies and, in turn, use it towards tuition and loans! What is better than that?

So, do not forget to enter for the seven remaining prizes! Good luck!