How common are flatshares that allow tank pets in Sheffield?

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I'm headed to Sheffield for Sociology with Foundation at Sheffield next year and have a sweet little roborovski hamster named desmond who is coming with me. I know it's a pretty safe bet that he won't be allowed in student accommodation, but how common is it for flatshares to be ok with tank pets like fish, hamsters, reptiles? Here in london most places don't count hamsters for the sake of "no pets" leases. Am I totally wrong about student accommodation? Let me know fellow Sheffielders!

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I'm headed to Sheffield for Sociology with Foundation at Sheffield next year and have a sweet little roborovski hamster named desmond who is coming with me. I know it's a pretty safe bet that he won't be allowed in student accommodation, but how common is it for flatshares to be ok with tank pets like fish, hamsters, reptiles? Here in london most places don't count hamsters for the sake of "no pets" leases. Am I totally wrong about student accommodation? Let me know fellow Sheffielders!
Halls 100% don't allow any pets even something like Sea Monkeys (brine shrimp) most house shares (for students) the land lord won't allow pets either although sometimes fish are allowed. really you'll need to ask the land lord and forget it in halls they'll tell you to get rid of the hamster or find anew place that will allow the hamster.
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Halls 100% don't allow any pets even something like Sea Monkeys (brine shrimp) most house shares (for students) the land lord won't allow pets either although sometimes fish are allowed. really you'll need to ask the land lord and forget it in halls they'll tell you to get rid of the hamster or find anew place that will allow the hamster.
Yeah, I was pretty sure halls were out of the question, just trying to gauge how easy it will be to find a private place that will allow a hamster.
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Yeah, I was pretty sure halls were out of the question, just trying to gauge how easy it will be to find a private place that will allow a hamster.
Really depends go to a student letting agency and ask for houses that would allow it I'm sure you'll be able to find a couple of land lords who might allow it the thing is what if it escapes.
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Really depends go to a student letting agency and ask for houses that would allow it I'm sure you'll be able to find a couple of land lords who might allow it the thing is what if it escapes.
Cage is made of acrylic and an inch thick wood, opening is a foot above the base with a lock. I'm so confident Desmond wouldn't escape I would put a rodent trap out if they requested. All proper rodent cages should be escape proof.
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Cage is made of acrylic and an inch thick wood, opening is a foot above the base with a lock. I'm so confident Desmond wouldn't escape I would put a rodent trap out if they requested. All proper rodent cages should be escape proof.
It's more kind of if your handling him (because it's hamster of course you will be)and he twists out of your hands (my gerbils always used to do that but I don't have them anymore) and then he turns off and you can't catch or find him
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I'm headed to Sheffield for Sociology with Foundation at Sheffield next year and have a sweet little roborovski hamster named desmond who is coming with me. I know it's a pretty safe bet that he won't be allowed in student accommodation, but how common is it for flatshares to be ok with tank pets like fish, hamsters, reptiles? Here in london most places don't count hamsters for the sake of "no pets" leases. Am I totally wrong about student accommodation? Let me know fellow Sheffielders!
Hi ADage13,

As jonathanemptage has already mentioned, it is worth contacting landlords / lettings agencies individually to find out what their specific rules are on pets. If you're wondering where to start your house search, I'd really recommend using SmartMove Sheffield. This is a service run by the Students' Union and University to advertise student properties available in Sheffield. To appear on SmartMove, the property must be registered with Sheffield City Council's SNUG scheme, which assess that the property is well maintained and suitable for students.

Once you have agreed with a landlord that you can have a pet, double check the housing contract to make sure that you can definitely have a hamster. I'd recommend seeking help from the Student Advice Centre to check the contract, and to get the agreement in writing from the landlord. All of these services are completely free to students studying at The University of Sheffield

If you have any other questions just let me know!

- Ben
Sheffield Graduate
BSc Molecular Biology (2016-19)
MSc Human and Molecular Genetics (2019-20)
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