Looking For Off Campus Housing With A Pet? What You Need to Know

January 23, 2015

Are you ready to find off campus housing? Or, do you plan on graduating soon and moving to a new city? We all know that looking for an apartment can be tough, but it’s even more difficult if you happen to have a pet.

Rental website HotPads says that across the nation, only about one-third of rental listings are marked as pet-friendly.

HotPads has ranked the top 10 metro areas by the number of pet-friendly apartments available. If you are looking for an apartment with your furry friend in Texas or Georgia, you’ll have pretty good odds of finding a place, but it will likely be a lot harder in places like Chicago, New York or Miami.

Here’s a look at how the different metro regions stack up.

Top 10 Metro Areas Ranked By Number of Pet Friendly Rental Listings

  1. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Houston, TX
  4. Washington D.C
  5. Philadelphia, PA
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Boston, MA
  8. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  9. New York, New York
  10. Chicago, IL

The rental search website also found that in certain cities, renters will pay an extra pet-premium per month just to live with their four-legged companion.

Here is the added percentage you can expect to pay more than non pet owners. The figure includes only the added monthly costs of the rent and no extras like pet deposit, dog walking or pet insurance.

Top 5 Metro Areas Where You Will Pay More Renting With a Pet

1. Atlanta, GA –19% more in rent

2. Queens, NY –11.8% more in rent

3. San Francisco, CA – 11.6% more in rent

4. Washington, DC –.5% more in rent

5. Manhattan, NY – 9.2% more in rent

Photo credit: anneheathen