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Many of us who have rescued or acquired a dog (or 10) in the last few years are likely trying to strategize how to have a fantastic MBA experience, without having to sacrifice the company of our furry friends. To that end, I am starting this thread so that people who have brought their dog along to a new city for their MBA can comment on how easy/difficult it was for them to find housing, and how they managed to balance the responsibility of having a dog while taking the MBA.

With regards to the latter, I personally think I will have significantly more time for my dog when I start my MBA than I do currently. I adopted my dog about 2 years ago and since I have had my dog I have worked 70-80 hour weeks every single week. I can't imagine the MBA requiring me to commit more time than I already do at work, so the main challenge I see is my ability to find dog friendly housing. To that end, if you had your dog during your MBA program, please share the name of the school you attended, how you found your housing, and the name of the housing/apartment building, if you don't mind sharing.

Personally, if I get into Columbia University I will be going there. It will be expensive to find housing that is pet friendly, but thankfully if I were to move to NYC, I would be sharing a house/apartment with 2 of my best friends, who will share responsibility for my dog. If I don't get into Columbia however, my round 2 application strategy will favor MBA programs that make it easier to find pet friendly housing.

PS: I currently live in Georgetown Washington DC. If you plan to go to school in Georgetown and have a dog, good for you. Plenty of options within reasonable distance. For example: Eaves at Tunlaw Gardens.

Originally posted by getitdoneright on 21 Oct 2017, 04:17.
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Don't have a dog yet, but my wife and I have looked into one very seriously so I've done my homework. We've also got chinchillas which are pretty needy, and cats. We like our animals in this family.....

Anyway, the only two issues I could see you having with the pup are global treks that require boarding for a few days/weeks and your summer internship, or if it is a "lock jaw" breed (pit, rottie, boxers, etc) which have a stigma to them.

These breeds are not allowed in a lot of apartments even if they claim pet friendly, the insurance premiums can be crazy and most small renters want no part of it. I've seen this in all the states I've looked into, so I don't think it is a regional issue. The other thing is weight, usually ~35 lbs is the limit, though it can vary a bit and I doubt all places are strict about it.

There is usually some flexibility during the day between classes and group work to go home and walk the dog, interact, etc if you live fairly close to campus. I know the question about children came up during a few of my info sessions and every current student said they would have the chance to pick them up at school, do their ec's, etc if it was an issue.

Not a lot of talk about it on here surprisingly, but this thread is pretty good ... 26176.html
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