Bringing your pet means bringing a piece of home with you to campus. It also means that you’ll have a constant companion to study and spend time with .

That’s why we welcome friendly:

  • Dogs (up to 40 pounds)
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Birds
  • Chinchillas
  • Ferrets
  • Iguanas
  • Non-venomous Snakes (up to 4 feet long)*

  • Fish (10 gallon tank maximum)
  • Hedgehogs
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Rats
  • Small non-venomous reptiles*

After registering your pet with Pet Life staff, your established family pets** are welcome to move to campus with you.

A yearly pet fee covers the building, upkeep, and renewal of the pet park; pet id tag; biodegradable poop bags and disposal; and pet events for campus pets (and students) to enjoy. The fee is $250 for dogs; $150 for cats, rabbits, large birds, ferrets, iguanas, non-venomous snakes, and chinchillas; and $50 for fish, small birds, rats, hedgehogs, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and small reptiles.

Policy friendly pets are able to visit when your family does. With the approval of Pet Life, these visiting pets can also stay on campus overnight for up to 3 days at a time.

Want all the details? View our full policy.

Service Animals

Service animals do not have to follow weight and breed restrictions. You also won’t be charged fees for your service animal. All service animals must follow state and local requirements regarding vaccination, licensure, lease control, cleanup, owner identification, and animal health.

Emotional Support Animals are exempt from size and breed restrictions, but are subject to the same conduct policy as pets and must be approved yearly by the Disability Access Office.

*Heat Lamps aren’t permitted in dorm rooms. Terrariums must be 20 gallons or less and provide enough space for the animal to be safe and happy. Animals that require a permit under North Carolina Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are not allowed on campus.

**Established family pets are considered dogs that have been with your family for 10 or more months and cats that have been with your family for 3 or more months. Students are not able to adopt, foster, or purchase animals while living on campus.