BU Housing Sweepstakes for Room Selection 2020-21

Below are the Official Rules of the BU Housing Sweepstakes for Room Selection 2020-21.


  • Grand Prize: One (1) winner will receive a free multi-occupancy traditional-style standard minimum room rate of $5,495 for the fall 2020 semester.
  • Ten (10) winners will receive a credit at the Barnes & Noble Boston University bookstore for textbooks, which has an approximate retail value of $600.
  • Two (2) winners will receive one iPad, which has an approximate retail value of $500.
  • Two hundred and fifty (250) winners will receive one $5 Barnes & Noble Boston University bookstore gift card.
  • One hundred (100) winners will receive 50 Convenience Points.

   *All federal, state and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Failure to comply with the Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize.

Only one prize per person may be awarded. Gift cards and gift certificates are subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer. Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.


How to Enter

Enter the Sweepstakes during the Promotion Period online by completing the continuing student housing application, participating in room selection, and selecting a room. Students not participating in room selection can visit the BU Housing Office at 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA, 02215, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and complete an eligibility card.

Promotion Description

The BU Housing Sweepstakes begins on January 31, 2020, at 9am ET and ends on August 1, 2020, at 5pm ET (the “Promotion Period”).

The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is BU Housing. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of entries and the overall administration of the Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at housing@bu.edu or via phone at (617) 353-3511 during the Promotion Period.


Open to BU enrolled undergraduate students who are 18 years of age or older. Sponsor, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

There is no cash equivalent for any of the prizes including but not limited to the Grand Prize [Free multiple-occupancy traditional-style standard minimum room rate (room rate $5,495) for the fall 2020 semester].

If the Grand Prize [Free multiple-occupancy traditional-style standard minimum room rate (room rate $5,495) for the fall 2020 semester] winner lives off campus, in order to claim the Grand Prize, such winner will be required to sign up for housing, complete a Residence License Agreement, and then live on campus.  The Residence License Agreement is a commitment for the whole Academic Year 2020-21.

For financial aid recipients: Federal regulations may require a reduction in aid when total aid from all sources exceeds your total cost of attendance.

RAs are ineligible to win the Grand Prize.

If you are ineligible due to you financial aid package or residence staff compensation, another winner will be chosen. However, you will still be eligible for all other prizes except the Grand Prize [Free multiple-occupancy traditional-style standard minimum room rate (room rate $5,495) for the fall 2020 semester].

Winner Selection

The winners of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted in the month of August, 2020, after the Promotion Period by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received.

Winner Notification

Winners will be notified by email at the email address provided in the entry Information after the drawing. In order to claim a prize, selected winners must accept the prize by email as directed by Sponsor by October 30, 2020, 5pm ET. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including but not limited to inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or a winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a publicity release. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.


By entering the Sweepstakes, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address and any other personally identifiable information with the other Sweepstakes entities for the purpose of administration and prize fulfillment, including use in a publicly available winners list.

Limitation of Liability

Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, camera, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of any network or wireless service, the Internet or website or any combination thereof; (e) suspended or discontinued Internet, wireless or landline phone service; or (f) any injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer or mobile device which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download of any materials in the Sweepstakes.

Winner List/Official Rules

To obtain a copy of the Winner List or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to BU Housing cc: BU Housing Sweepstakes at 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215. Requests for the names of the winners must be received no later than 12 months after the Promotion Period has ended.


BU Housing, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215, housing@bu.edu.

Tax Withholding Requirements

Please contact the Comptroller’s Office, 881 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, at (617) 353-1076 to discuss tax withholding requirements relating to Sweepstakes.

Tax Withholding Disclosure Requirements

Taxes, where applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner.