10 Nov, 2021 In Lifestyle & Travel

What is the best pet for a student? (Part 1)

Humans have been domesticating animals for thousands of years and theyโ€™ve become our favourite companions.

Itโ€™s no secret that animals have been known to reduce anxiety and loneliness, so itโ€™s perfectly reasonable to understand why students so desperately want pets of their own. 


So what kinds of pets can a student have? 

There are a number of criteria for students to take into consideration when choosing a pet and so Iโ€™ve compiled a list of pets that I, as a student, think make the best matches.


Fish (specifically Bettas) ๐Ÿ 


Bettas are great pets for students with small living spaces! Bettas only grow about 8cm long so they donโ€™t need a very big tank to thrive in. A recommended minimum is a 3-gallon tank for a single betta, but you should obviously size up if you intend to have more than one fish.

Expect to spend around โ‚ฌ200 - โ‚ฌ300 on their tank, heater and filter. But once you cover those initial costs, theyโ€™re quite easy to maintain.


Overall rating:

Lifestyle: ๐Ÿ   / 5

Costs: ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ   / 5

Space: ๐Ÿ   / 5

Aesthetics: ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  / 5

Companionship: ๐Ÿ  / 5  


Tortoises (specifically Hermannโ€™s Tortoises) ๐Ÿข


Ah, the majestic tortoise, known for their slow-moving nature and docile temperament they are the closest thing you can get to a living pet rock. Which is perfect for a student!

Tortoises are quiet animals who make no noise and no mess, and depending on the species, donโ€™t grow very large. They can live for over 30 years though so be prepared to take care of them for a long time!

Overall youโ€™re looking at around โ‚ฌ400 worth of set-up, but once you cover that cost theyโ€™re super low-cost pets! (Trust me I speak from experience) 


Overall rating:

 Lifestyle: ๐Ÿข  / 5

Costs: ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿข  / 5

Space: ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿข  / 5

Aesthetics: ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿข  / 5

Companionship: ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿข  / 5


Snakes (specifically Corn Snakes) ๐Ÿ


Now, this is a personal favourite for me, as a student with a tight budget and a low tolerance for dirt and needy animals, snakes always seemed like the perfect pets to me! Thereโ€™s a lot of different types of perfectly safe snakes you can have as pets but the reason Iโ€™m personally recommending corn snakes is because of their life spans.

Corn snakes can live up to 20 years in captivity, meaning youโ€™ll be taking care of them for quite some time, but they donโ€™t live as long as a ball python that normally lives up to 60 years. 

Tanks normally cost around โ‚ฌ100-200 depending on where you buy them, I personally recommend buying second-hand tanks to save some money. 


Overall ranking:

Lifestyle: ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  / 5

Costs: ๐Ÿ  / 5

Space: ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ / 5

Aesthetics: ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  / 5

Companionship: ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ  / 5

These are just 3 perfect pets for students but thereโ€™s so many more!


Do any of these pets fit your likings?


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