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Pet-Friendly Housing

Do you have a dog or cat? Lawrenson Hall has a pet-friendly community option for students who’d like to bring their dog or cat with them to live.

This community is limited to dogs and cats only. Limited spaces are available in the pet-friendly community, and students must complete all required additional documentation to be considered a resident in the community.

The pet-friendly community sign-up process is first-come, first-serve.  Students should plan to bring a pet they already own. All completed pet paperwork is required prior to being offered a space in the Pet-Friendly Community.

UNC Student with her pet dog  

Community Basics

  • Located in Lawrenson Hall on the 2nd-4th floors only.
  • Dogs must be 40 pounds or less when fully grown. 
  • All dogs or cats must be 6 months old or older before it can live in the community.
  • Restricted breeds include protective breeds such as Pit Bull, Boxer, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Husky, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Dalmatians, Wolf, or a dog that is a mix of any of these breeds.
  • Cats need to be indoor domestic pets. We encourage cats to be either declawed or have protective nail caps. You will be responsible for any repairs/damages your pet causes.
  • All pets must be either spayed or neutered.
  • UNC Housing addresses policy issues or concerns that may arise, and ultimately has the authority to terminate pet agreements and pet contracts with the community.

Occupancy Requirements

  • Students are limited to one pet per bedroom and have a roommate that agrees to the terms and conditions of living in this community. 
    • Example A: Two pets maximum within one suite (four students). Typically, both pets would be the same species. Two students who want to live together and both have pets will live in separate bedrooms, however, they may get assigned random direct roommates since they did not request to live with anyone besides each other.
    • Example B: Four students can live in a Lawrenson Hall suite because they want to be part of the pet-friendly community but choose not to have a pet.  However, priority will be given to students with pets.
  • The owner is financially responsible for the actions of their pet including, but not limited to bodily injury, housing damages, and campus damages.  All residents within this community will not hold UNC liable for any personal or property damages as a result of the actions of any pet.
  • All residents in the pet-friendly community must abide by University policies and all City, State and Federal laws. 
  • Submit all required documents, which include the Pet-friendly Community Application and the Pet Owner Pet Documents.

How to Apply

  • Before Applying

    Before completing the Housing Contract and the required pet paperwork (see application instructions), review the following:

    • Identify potential roommates who you want to reside in your Lawrenson suite. Please see above “Example A and B” under the ‘Occupancy Requirements’ for potential suite configurations.
    • Note your roommate requests through the Pet Owner or Non-Pet Owner – Pet Friendly Community Applications. Submitting a completed application means you agree to be moved to the Pet-Friendly Community in Lawrenson when there is an available space that meets at least the majority of your requests.
    • If you are placed in the Pet-Friendly Community, you will forfeit the previous space you were assigned to for the current academic year.
  • Application Instructions

    Understand that spaces are limited, and this is a first-come, first-serve community.  All pet owners and non-pet owners will be required to complete the forms listed below and adhere to the rules of conduct outlined within in other to maintain good standing in the Pet-Friendly Community. Those who fail to do so, may be asked to move out of the community or to remove their pet from the community.

    1. Complete the Online Housing & Dining Contract by logging into your Ursa account. After you read the terms and conditions and review your student information, you’ll be asked to select a Residential Community. Here you will select the Pet Friendly option from the “Themed Housing” drop down list.
    2. Before completing the Pet-Friendly Community Application and Pet Owner documents, you will need to prepare all of the following:
      • Roommate requests
      • Basic Pet Information
      • Vaccination Records
      • Proof of Spay or Neuter
      • Photo of your pet
    3. Students who wish to bring a pet and live in the Pet Friendly Community, complete the following two forms:
    4. Students who DO NOT wish to bring a pet and live in the Pet Friendly Community you need to complete the following form:
    5. For returning students consult your Hall Director during the Call Dibs process for more information about how to apply to the Pet-Friendly Community.  Call Dibs occurs from January through the end of February. 
  • Next Steps

    After submitting all required documents, complete these steps:

    1. You’ll receive confirmation, which indicates your acceptance to the pet friendly community or your overall status for this community, including a tentative room assignment.
    2. Resident Assistants of Lawrenson will complete a pre-walk of the suite to verify the condition of the room at move-in.  This includes a black light inspection process.
    3. Pet Ownersmoving into Lawrenson need to have a copy of their pet’s Greeley Pet License with them before the animal enters the building.  It may be helpful to have it mailed to you in advance so you can avoid an extra stop when you arrive to move in.
    4. Move into the residence hall with your pet and fill out your room inventory. Please be as detailed as possible since this inventory acts as a way to ensure you are not billed for any damage that you or your pet did not cause.
    5. Attend a Pet Friendly Orientation session. The purpose of this orientation is to connect roommates to pet owners and plan the process of having a pet. Failure to attend the pet orientation without permission from the Lawrenson Hall Director could result in you being required to remove your pet from the community. 
      • Returning students can attend an orientation during the spring semester. 
      • Incoming students or returning students who missed the spring semester orientation session will need to attend an orientation session after hall opening in August. 
      • Pet Friendly Orientation will take place the Sunday before classes start after move-in.
    6. Complete a Pet Friendly Roommate Agreement.This form will be provided to you after move in.

    Additional Resources

    For times when you are out of town and unable to care for your pet, a Pet Sitter Release Form is required.  This form can be acquired at Pet Friendly Orientation.


If you have any questions, please e-mail us at PetFriendly.Housing@unco.edu. For additional questions with regard to suite configurations, please contact the UNC Housing Department at 970-351-2721.