Students Have Pets in College: Pros & Cons

Are you a student thinking about having a pet with you in the college days? Read these pros and cons of having a pet during college life.

When you are in college, you are around people the whole day, there are days when you just want to get away and be alone. But being able to spend some time with your pet is even better. Pets in college is not unheard of and many students prefer to take their beloved pets with them when they go off to varsity.

As with everything in life, though, there are some pros and cons to having your pets with you when you are trying to get your degree. Here, we are going to look at some of those pros and cons and you can decide whether you are up to the task of having your pet with you.

Pro - They are your friend in need

Having your pet with you at college means that you always have a friend around. When they say that a dog is man's best friend, it is an understatement. You will always find a wagging tail and an excited companion waiting for you at your door. They are always in the mood to play or snuggle up.
Having your pet with you is like having a service that provides assignment assistance for British students around the clock. Whenever you need them, they are there to help you out with the college writing work.

Your pet will always be there to listen to you and they have a way of cheering you up when you are down. They provide even better entertainment than the top sci-fi books around

Pro - They keep you active

When your pet is with you at college, you never have a dull moment. Taking care of your pet means that you need to let it out from time to time as well. It can't be cooped up in your apartment the whole day. If you have a dog, you can go for walks or go for a run.

Not only will you both get some fresh air, but you will also get fit in the process. What's more, is that studies have shown that mild exercise is key for optimal brain function, so having your pet around could help you in your studies as well.

Pro - They are social magnets

Don't think that you are the only one who has a love for animals. When people find out that you have your pet with you, they might be more inclined to come and visit. People who love animals will also make friends with others who love animals.

Pets make great conversation starters and it could lead to unexpected friendships that you would never have made otherwise. Sharing a common interest is always a great way to connect with people. You could even get some tips on how to take care of your pet. It's always great to get advice from people who have pets.

Con – Your roommates are not always pet people

Although you might love your pet to death, your flatmate or roommate might not share your sentiment. Not all people like pets, which is understandable. They might have had a bad experience with a pet when they were younger, or they might just have allergies.

Some people do not like to have a pet because they give off a smell if you don't look after them. A smelly enclosure could really stink your flat up badly. Pets for students will not always work out, and it is up to you to come to an agreement with your roommate or flatmate as to what is acceptable or not.

Con – Pets can cost a bit of money

Depending on the pet you have, you are its primary caregiver and you need to feed it and clean it. This could become an expensive exercise, especially if you are a student. You might not have all the funds in the world and there will come a time where you have to choose between a party and buying food for your pet.

Keeping your pet and the enclosure clean is another expense that you need to take into consideration because it is not just you who lives in your flat. You need to ensure that everything is always clean and smells nice.

Con – Pets take time

Lastly, you are a student and your time is already taken up mostly by your studies. You need to realistically determine how much time you have available to spend with your pet.

If you know that you will be gone most of the time, you are going to neglect your pet and that does not fare towards anyone. Even if you have time, you don't always want to spend your free time with your pet.


Taking your pet to college is not a decision that you should make lightly. When you are at home with your siblings and parents, there is always someone who can fill in for you when you are not available.

When you are in college, you have to manage everything yourself. On the other hand, if you know that your pet is low maintenance, like a snake or bearded dragon and you know that you can take care of it, then go ahead. The most important thing is that both you and your pet will be happy.

Author Bio:

Connie Elser is an experienced student mental health counsellor and a career coach. She has been working students and their parents for over a decade now to help come up with practical solutions that can help build their careers successfully. When she's not at work, she likes to go out fishing, learn oil painting and practice mindfulness.

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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao15 Jan 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

Having a pet with a student is very rare. During my post-graduation one student used to have his pet in the hostel.
Many times this pet used to cause problems to other students who were staying in the same block. That particular student used to spend a lot of time taking care of his pet dog. Even during his examination times, he had to spend some time with his dog. In a way, he lost some valuable time in taking care of that pet. He was a rich man's son. So money was not a problem for him.

I feel during studies one should devote full time for the studies and they should not engage themselves in unwanted activities. So my personal feeling is that the losses will be more than the benefits you will get by having a pet with them during education. Parents also should not encourage such habits.

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