Pets

  • Please don’t get a pet while you’re a student.
  • If you already own a pet, please think very carefully before deciding whether to take it to university with you.
  • Pets are not allowed in student halls. Most private landlords forbid them, too.
  • Abandoning a pet is a crime. Not to mention, very cruel.

In the past few years, the university has received anecdotal reports that some pets have been poorly cared for and, in a few cases, pets have even been abandoned by students after their courses finished. Please don’t get a pet while you’re a student. If you already own a pet, please think very carefully before deciding whether to take it to university with you.

Pets and Student Accommodation

Pets are not allowed in student halls. Most private landlords also prohibit the keeping of pets.

Even if you move into accommodation that allows pets, caring for an animal is a big commitment which may not be compatible with student life.

Pet Owner Responsibilities

Many pets have a longer life expectancy than the duration of a university course. Anyone getting a pet has to be able to care for the animal for its lifetime.

Abandoning a pet is cruel. It is also illegal under UK law, as it is the pet owner’s responsibility to ensure their pet ‘has somewhere suitable to live’.

Temporary Friendships with Pets

For those who love animals but can’t keep their own, there are some opportunities to temporarily experience the companionship of pets.

  • Feline Good is the first Cat CafĂ© in Wales. It offers a home to a handful of rescued cats.
  • Borrow My Doggy in an app connecting dog owners with people who would like to care for / play with dogs from time to time, but who can’t offer a permanent home to a dog.
  • Temporary Animal Fostering is an option if your tenancy agreement allows pets, but you can’t keep pets permanently.
  • The University & Students’ Union sometimes organize Pet-a-Pooch days to help students relieve stress. On these days, a few dogs and puppies are hosted on campus for students to play with. Keep an eye on UniLife and the University’s Facebook profile to find out when such a day is next being planned.