College can be difficult and stressful, but there’s nothing like a pet to help you through the hard days. If you’re a college student living in a dorm or an on- or off-campus apartment, your residence may have strict rules about which types of pets are allowed. Thankfully, there are plenty of dorm-friendly, low-maintenance pets out there for you to love on as you power through classes. (Just make sure to check your building’s pet rules first!) We’ve rounded up 12 of the best pets for college students, so whether you’re a future fish owner or prefer to snuggle up with a hamster, you’re sure to find the perfect pet for you.