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Here’s what to know about renting while having pet in college

When the time comes to look for an apartment in college, students should consider doing some research to find out if that apartment is pet-friendly or not.  

For IU on-campus apartments, IU permits service animals in all university buildings and facilities, however, emotional support animals are only permitted in the owner’s on-campus residence or IU real estate housing with approval beforehand.  

If a student is wanting to have a pet, it would be best to look into off-campus apartments.  

Some of the main off-campus apartments that are pet friendly are the Dillon, Atlas on 17, Reserve on Third, Evolve, the Monroe and Verve.  

There is most likely going to be a fee for having a pet. These fees may include a nonrefundable pet fee as well as a monthly pet fee. There also may be a restriction on the number of pets and the type of pet you can have.  

Always verify pet policies with the housing’s management before signing the lease. 

For example, the Dillon has a two pets per unit policy, a $200 nonrefundable pet fee and $25 per month pet rent fee.  

If you decide to have a pet in college here are some tips: 

  • Include having a pet in your daily schedule.
  • Figure out the best time to get a pet. 
  • Include having a pet in your budget.  
  • Make your home suitable for a pet to live in.
  • Become friends with others who have pets.
  • Identify a veterinarian location near you.
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