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Benefits of Pets In College

Why Having Your Pet On Campus is Good For You

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College life can be both exciting and challenging, with academic responsibilities, social pressures, and newfound independence. Amidst this hustle and bustle of the school year, imagine having a furry friend by your side to offer comfort, joy, and support. 

And some colleges and universities, like Ferris State University, offer campus housing that is pet-friendly. 

Having a pet in college has many benefits. These include reducing stress, getting more exercise, having a friend, relieving anxiety, and making more friends.

Stress reduction

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College can be a stressful time, filled with exams, deadlines, and the pressures of academic performance.

The simple presence of a pet has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels. Petting animals releases oxytocin, the "feel-good" hormone, promoting calmness and well-being.

One survey found that 90% of college pet owners said having a pet helped them feel less stressed and anxious, and 78% said their pet helped them de-stress after a long day. 

It is important to create a supportive environment, and having pets in the student housing is one way to do that for the well-being of students.

Additional exercise

Staying physically active is crucial for both mental and physical health. Dogs, in particular, are excellent exercise companions. 

Walking your pet every day is good for both you and your pet. It helps you stay active and gives your pet exercise. This routine is a nice break from studying, giving you a chance to relax and refresh your mind.


Student and his dog

College life can sometimes be lonely, especially for students away from home.

Bringing a piece of home with you can help with that feeling of being homesick by bringing your animal on campus.

A pet is always there for you, making you feel like you belong and keeping you company during late-night studying.

Whether it's a loyal dog, a playful cat, or a low-maintenance small pet, the bond formed with an animal companion can be a comfort throughout your college journey.

Anxiety relief

The college experience often comes with its fair share of anxieties, from academic pressures to social challenges. Having a pet by your side can significantly alleviate anxiety and provide a sense of security. The unconditional love and non-judgmental nature of pets create a safe space where students can relax and be themselves.

"An emotional support cat might help a person with an anxiety disorder by sitting on their chest and purring when their anxiety is high," says Julie Alexander, Director of Accessibility and Disabilities Services at Ferris. "A dog might help someone with depression establish routines, get out of bed, and get some exercise. These animals are an essential member of the person's support team."

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Social advantages

Pets are natural conversation starters and icebreakers. Walking your dog or spending time with your pet in public places can lead to unexpected conversations with other students.

This not only fosters a sense of community but also enhances social connections.

Having your pets around can help create a vibrant and interconnected campus and fun-filled dorm life. 

Bring your pet to Ferris State

At Ferris State, we recognize the many benefits of having pets in college. Beyond the joy and companionship they bring, pets contribute to a healthier, more balanced college experience.

By allowing students to bring their pets into their dorm rooms, we aim to create an environment where well-being is prioritized, connections are strengthened, and everyone feels a sense of belonging.

Check out our pet-friendly housing and move forward with your pet at Ferris.

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