8 Pets to have as a student at College

26 Oct, 2020

8 Pets to have as a student at College

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Most pet owners live in their own home or at least a rented property they have contracted to live in However, some students also like to keep pets, but that can be a challenge depending on the living arrangements. They usually forbid keeping regular pets in dorm rooms and student rented accommodation so you have to think carefully if keeping a pet is important to you while you are studying. Here are eight pets a willing student will be allowed to keep in a college dorm for sure.

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Geckos can be easy to keep as as student

8 Animals Suiting for Students as Pets (Plus Discussion)

Despite the fact that most dorms do forbid students keeping large and medium-sized pets like cats and dogs, the wish to have an animal friend remains. A roommate I used to ask to do my assignment for me quite frequently was allergic to furry creatures, and yours can be, too. Still, there is a solution. Trust me, small animals are also able to make you feel happy and loved. Moreover, it is easier to keep them in terms of health and care than compared to regular “large” pets.

Let’s not be too wordy. Here are my top 8 pets for a student living in a dorm room:

  • Gecko;
  • Agama;
  • Turtle;
  • Goldfish;
  • Cockroach (no, not the one from your kitchen);
  • Spider (better pick a non-venomous one);
  • Python (or any other snake);
  • Snail.

Now, I’ve got a quick guide through four different “classes” of pets. Try checking them all, and decide which one you would like to keep in a dorm.

Snails make for very low impact pets


Reptiles, like turtles, snakes, and lizards, can become great companions for the right people. Let them be less pleasant to touch compared to cats or dogs, they are still able to fulfill your communication needs, and also to entertain you a bit.


Before you get a reptile to keep, you need to understand that their keeping will require an appropriate level of responsibility from you. Otherwise, your pet won’t make it for too long. You’ll need to prepare, study its natural living conditions, and then find out how to implement them in a college dorm. Reptiles can have some other lacks as pets you should know about before you decide to purchase them. For instance, feeding snakes (especially large ones) means doing some unpleasant things connected with their ration.

Speaking of turtles, the majority of them are able to live a really long life. Keeping that in mind, you should be ready to take a lifetime (or even longer) responsibility for your pet. That’s not rare for a turtle to live decades longer than their first keepers.

Lizards don’t live as long as turtles do, and don’t eat rats like snakes. However, they are much faster and more difficult to control. It’s quite possible to fail holding them in your hands.


Besides fish is arguably the most popular animal for students, some of them are the easiest ones to keep as well.

For instance, a goldfish requires minimum care and can live in a small (but clean) aquarium. Some aquarium fish species require feeding once in 2-3 days or even rarer. Fish don’t need intercommunication with humans, but they’ll be happy to have an unaggressive fish neighbour.

The main point about keeping fish is a clean aquarium, in-time feeding, and an interesting environment for them to have space to swim. The lack of a fish as a pet is that you don’t have full contact with it. It’s impossible to hug or hold them, etc.

You should also understand that the difficulty of keeping an aquarium increases along with its size. Some fish require particular temperature and need artificial environmental aeration. Still, fish are among the simplest pets to keep regardless of all the specialties mentioned above.

Pet fish can be easy to keep as student

Insects and Spiders

Just like fish, a lot of spiders and insects are easy to keep. They are: tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions, crickets, millipedes and many other creatures most people prefer to avoid. Still, they’ll become excellent pets if you like some originality and want to add specialty to your personal style.

Tarantulas and scorpions are not recommended for newbies due to their fragility and ability to sting or bite. There are particular tarantula subspecies being calm and simple to keep. The only thing obligatory for its keeper is to have appropriate skills to prevent hurting a spider or themselves. Insects and spiders are not always dangerous to keep them as pets, now you know that.


Giant African snails became quite popular pets within recent times. Many of their kinds do exist. All of those have different colors of bodies and shells.

Snails are quite quick to grow up. A little snail child will grow to a 6 to 8-inch creature in a year if you care about it correctly. Additionally, snails are very communicative.

It’s extremely easy to keep them. A snail needs a terrarium or an aquarium. You better pick a small one because they grow according to the size of their “house”. There also should be a bedding of peat, moss or soil, some water, and food. Snails hibernate in case their environment is unfriendly, so you can leave your pet in a dorm for a week or two without worrying about its life.

To Conclude

As you can see, there are many creatures for students to keep in dorm rooms. Read the information above, and then decide which pet will suit you the most. As for me, I’ve already found a pro to write my essay online, and now I’m going to use that additional free time to go and buy my agama.

Have fun with your dorm pets! And don’t leave them without your attention.


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