pets in college

Are you feeling lonely and overwhelmed with the grind of college life? Maybe you’re just missing your puppy back home? I feel yah! Pets can make a huge difference in your life. They provide us with companionship, stress-relief, and even a sense of responsibility.

But wait! Before you jump into furry friend commitment, there are some things you definitely should consider. Like dorm rules, your roommates’ feelings, and if you’re in an apartment, your lease agreement. Keep reading to discover the top 5 pets for busy college students, and maybe you’ll find the perfect companion for your college journey!

1. Fish: The Low-Maintenance Buddies 🐠

Fish are great for college students because they don’t require much attention or space. Plus, they’re usually allowed in dorms! With just a small tank, some food, and a lil’ love, you can enjoy a calming, colorful addition to your room. But remember, they still need proper care, so make sure you clean their tank regularly and feed them as required!


  • Low maintenance and don’t require much attention
  • Space-efficient, perfect for small dorm rooms
  • Allowed in most dorms and apartments


  • Limited interaction compared to other pets
  • Tank maintenance can be time-consuming
  • Fish can be sensitive to water quality and temperature changes

2. Hamsters: Cute and Cuddly 🐹

Hamsters are another great option for college students. First and foremost, they’re low-maintenance, small, and super cute! Moreover, they’re nocturnal, so they’ll be up when you’re studying late at night. However, just make sure to check with your roommates and dorm rules before getting one. Additionally, don’t forget to give them a cozy house and plenty of exercise with a hamster wheel!


  • Small and adorable, easy to care for
  • Nocturnal, active when you’re up late studying
  • Provide a bit more interaction than fish


  • May not be allowed in all dorms or apartments
  • Can be noisy, especially at night (hamster wheel)
  • Not suitable for those with allergies to fur or bedding

3. Geckos: An Exotic Alternative 🦎

If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, consider getting a gecko! They’re small, don’t require much space, and are relatively low-maintenance. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic! Just make sure you research their specific needs, like temperature and humidity. And, of course, check with your roommates and your dorm or landlord’s rules before getting one.


  • Exotic and hypoallergenic
  • Low-maintenance and don’t require much space
  • Can be a fascinating and unique pet


  • May not be allowed in all dorms or apartments
  • Require specific temperature and humidity conditions
  • Not as interactive as some other pet options

4. Hermit Crabs: The Quirky Choice 🦀

Hermit crabs are another unique option for college students. They’re easy to care for, don’t require much space, and can be a fun conversation starter! Just make sure to provide them with a proper habitat, including a variety of shells for them to change into. And, as always, check with your roommates and your dorm or landlord’s rules before getting one.


  • Easy to care for and don’t require much space
  • Unique and interesting pets
  • Can be a fun conversation starter


  • May not be allowed in all dorms or apartments
  • Limited interaction compared to other pets
  • Require specific habitat conditions (e.g., shells, substrate)

5. Plants: Green and Serene 🌿

Okay, I know what you’re thinking – plants aren’t technically pets. But hear me out! Plants can be a great addition to your living space, providing a calming atmosphere and even improving air quality. Plus, they’re almost always allowed in dorms and apartments. So, if you’re not quite ready for the responsibility of a pet, consider getting a plant or two to brighten up your space!


  • Low-maintenance and almost always allowed in dorms and apartments
  • Improve air quality and create a calming atmosphere
  • Wide variety of plants to choose from


  • Not really an actual pet, limited interaction
  • Some plants may have specific care requirements
  • Can be difficult to care for if you lack a green thumb

What Do You Think?

So there you have it, the top 5 pets for busy college students! All of the options on our list have their pros and cons. Ultimately, the best pet for you will depend on your lifestyle, schedule, and living situation. Although pets can be a great source of comfort and companionship, remember that they do require commitment and potentially a lot of work! Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before jumping into college pet ownership!

Now, I wanna hear from you! Have you had any of these pets during your college years? Do you have any other suggestions for pets that are perfect for college students? Share your thoughts

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