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The Sims 4 Discover University will release on November 15 for PC and Mac, with consoles receiving the new Expansion on December 17, 2019. The new pack revolves around a new campus and two competing schools - University of Britechester and the modern Foxbury Institute. Sims will be able to pursue a degree at one of the two. Here's a listing of gameplay features, my video covering the gameplay livestream, and miscellaneous info about the pack.
I've made the following guides for The Sims 4 Discover University. Remember that many will be expanded upon, so visit back later this week.
I've made a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Discover University's Gameplay you can read. It's got a lot of details about how roommates, dorms, and actually attending University in FAQ format.
A guide to putting together various strategies in order to make a Super Student in The Sims 4 Discover University Expansion Pack..
A guide to The Sims 4 Discover University and getting the most of its gameplay. Features 21 tips, and my thoughts on the pack overall based on my experience playing it.
Click to Enlarge. A Sim plays ping pong. She has both an eyebrow and nose piercing.
Sims can either attend University off-campus, or live in a dorm. Players will be free to customize their dorm's appearance, though building space may be limited. There's a common area, library for study, and recreational areas. We will learn more in coming weeks and share everything we know.
Sims can have a roommate whether they attend university or not, by placing an ad. Multiple Sims will show up as applications, and you can select among them who you'd like to be a roommate. They will pay a portion of the household's bills each week. What they might not do, is clean up after themselves. Some roommates are hellish, while others are great to live with. They are added as a NPC to the household, meaning you won't have much (if any) control over their actions.
There are a total 13 degrees available in Discover University, with each university offering the same degrees in some form. However, each degree has a Distinguished variety. While you will never be turned down enrolling for a regular degree, Sims can indeed be rejected from distinguished degrees based on comments from the developer livestream.
Graduation Requirements: In order to graduate sims require a total of 12 course credits. You can pursue up to 4 credits in a term, with elective counting toward your degree. A term is one Sim week, with courses taking place on weekdays. You can take one elective per session - use this to boost a skill that helps your Sim in some way but isn't needed for their future career.
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Bikes are making a comeback in this pack, allowing players to quickly get around the huge campuses of Britechester and Foxbury Institute. It would appear it'll be possible to use them everywhere, which is fantastic.
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There are many classes in Discover University, many related to existing skills. You'll need to work to keep up your Sim's grades, with class attendance counting along with how they perform on various assignments like presentations and term papers. Time management will be a must.
Sims are given a course book in their inventory, which can be used to study and improve grades. They may be required to write a term paper before the week-long term is up. A term paper's quality is stated when you hover over it, so you can decide not to turn in a poorly-written paper. Similarly, with presentations you will receive a presentation board. This allows you to practice before ultimately going to do the presentation in a rabbit-hole style meeting.
Click to Enlarge. A Sim works on his robot in robotics class. Evidently, Robots can move in to your home with you if you make one good enough.
There are Organizations on campus that provide extracurricular activities: robotics, art, and debate clubs as well as spirit clubs for each school's sports teams. We don't know a lot about them yet, but they are fully featured - meaning you can take your Sim and participate in them (not rabbit holes). Sims in the trailer are seen working on robots and debating one another.
The pack features a new robotics skill, which lets Sims build various types of robot - from basic household helpers like party bots, repair bots, and gardening bots, to Servo. Servo is the ultimate reward for pursuing the robotics skill and can join the household (consuming one of the max slots) upon activation. Servos require maintenance and to keep their batteries charged. They have a fun and social need, but no hunger or bladder.
This was brought up briefly in the livestream, but we don't know much about it yet.
There are Education, Law, and Engineering Careers in Discover University. These do not require you to attend school, you'd just start at the bottom like any other Sim career track. Education has the Professor and Administrative branches, while Law has Judge and Private Attorney branches. Engineers were shown in the deep dive livestream and have Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The Mechanical Engineer's reward of an exo-suit was shown briefly in that gameplay livestream.
Sims could also join careers in soccer and as an esports gamer (shown in the careers interface) and these required attendance at the University to participate, so we don't know much yet about how that ties in. They are clearly not typical careers, howwever.
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This page will be updated over time now that Discover University is in our hands.
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When a sims is living on campus, but has family at home, how does it effect the ones back at the home lot?
When you move into campus living, you are splitting from the household. I'm not sure what happens after graduation, but while you are attending you are in a separate household so your other sims will be idle.
I had the unfortunate experience of losing everything in my household when my sim split and went off to college. I might have accidentally clicked sell furniture, but I lost all my collections, plants, etc when the households combined again after college. I would definitely save a separate file before sending anyone off to college.
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Ok, so can I do the roommate search thing to move into a dorm on campus? So that I don't have to buy the place, or join household with the existing tenants (which would then mean I have to control them). I am wondering how having NPC roomies will play out, seeing how stupid sims are if you don't give them commands. Especially the way they always want to go to bed too early, then get themselves into a vicious cycle of getting up too early, going to work/class already down to 50% energy, come home drop dead exhausted and go to bed immediately...
Just a helpful, fun tip for the dorms. Since you can't have stoves and if you have the City Living pack - the park in San Myshuno has a full kitchen. Just go cook there, go back to the dorms and store the food in your fridge for a better mood. Also if you have Fresh Chef, you can cook up a storm there or before you go to college and store the food in the mini fridges. I made a BUNCH of food before my Sim left for college (she had Fresh Chef) and put them out on the tables for people - less chance of stinky rotten food around the dorms. Oh, it still happened! It's just the Sims were happy having good quality food and made less of messes. One thing - and you may want to play through and try to confirm. I felt like the dormmates mirrored my Sim - got up when she did, went to sleep when she did, cleaned up if she did and were as stinky or whatever as she was. (She wasn't - which, I saw a lot of YT playthroughs where there Sims were and the dormmates were also.) I'd love to see if the dormmates really do mirror our Sims or not.
or you can buy mini fridge on university campus and eat from there, also somehow there is always food on campus
Yeah, you can. I was aware of that, but also the negative moodlets they can get from it. I like having them cook and leave non-spoiling foods around - plus when Sims step off the elevator, the inhale and are pretty happy. It's just cute and fun - at least for me.
Sims don't get negative moodlets from the more expensive min-fridge and eating a ham and cheese sandwich will give your sims a positive 4hr moodlet. Don't use a microwave though as eventually the bad moodlet from that will not countdown and so you will need to give your sims decent food to remove it.
I moved my sim into Dragon Hall, the more expensive option with fewer roommates. One of my roomies leaves and comes back with food all the time, I don't know where she's getting it from but I'm not complaining. Another roommate is neat, so he keeps cleaning up- but he'll also leave a sarcastic note if you've left a mess somewhere.
I have noticed my roomies letting themselves get dirty to the point of green fog rising from them. They do seem to have enough sense to nap rather than sleep if it's too early for bed, which is good.
My male roomie has knocked up one of my female roomies, so I'll get to see what happens for that. Yes, Wicked Whims user.
Say you make a household and all of the sims in that household are accepted to the same university. Is there a way that you can make them all live together in a dorm/house on campus like you could in TS3 university pack, or do they have to live off campus?
They can all live together in a dorm or any University Housing lot but you have to enroll them one by one. Just place them all into the same Uni House when that part of the enrollment happens and the game will auto place them into the same controlled Household for you.
So basically, any played sim enrolled and housed in the same house will auto become the same active household.
I don't know if it goes with a particular trait, or which one, but I have a roommate that leaves these passive-aggressive notes if you do something they don't like.
"You know what I really love? Stepping in a puddle of who knows what, left by who knows who. That's the best." - I think I left a puddle after taking a shower.
"I may not be the best room mate, but at least I'm not Violet." - I used his bed for... er, nevermind.
Ok, so I've realized that certain traits will make NPC roommates do some new interactions.
The note writer was a Loner, his other 2 traits don't seem to have anything to do with it, Jealous and Dog Lover.
Another roomie leaves and comes back a few minutes later with plates of food. I think it's from Foodie, but possibly from Family Oriented. I doubt Unflirty has anything to do with it!
There are 5 possible 'quirks' that are added to roommates to drive certain behavior, slob, loves baking, music, neat. Not quite those names in code but you get my meaning.
Seen another roommate quirk, which doesn't seem to be related to a trait. I've got a roomie who usually tags along whenever I travel.
"Saw you heading out. What are we doing?" Um... I ran across the quad to use the Commons restroom, I don't know what you're doing...
Yes that is also a possibility, it happens a lot in my game so I just disband the group on arrival and forget about them.
Oh, and finally... The note writer has apparently graduated. He's gone and a new NPC has taken over his bed.
Hey i can’t chance my dorm, and i dont know why, can you help?
No build mode for occupied dorms. The only way to edit is to do it from Manage Worlds, before you move in. Yes, it's a bummer.
If you mean you can't move your sim into a different dorm - you'll have to wait to re-enroll at the end of a semester to get that option.
You can edit your dorm by typing bb.enablefreebuild in the taskbar
My sim was part of the secret society, but it became a bit annoying with her being visited by a sprite for 4 hours and them wanting entertainment all the time, so I left the society, and finished her degree the next day. She still gets visited by them every other day or so, and she is constantly tense from "Feeling guilty about neglecting the sprites". I can't remove that moodlet, and it has no timer, it's just always there... This is driving me crazy. Don't join a cult, kids. You'll never get rid of them...
The only way to get rid of it is to spam funny, romantic or mischievous interactions continually on another Sim until you see that it is counting down and then gone.
You can get this moodlet when still a member if you ignore their visits because you'd rather study etc. It is sometimes easier to ignore their visits when a max level member and then just deal with the anxiety moodlet as it is quicker to get rid of than a 4 hour long visit.
Also if you are a max level member then you can call the moodlet down onto your sim when they visit which negates the need to do all those socials. But there is a long cool-down on the summon sprites so you have to use it when it counts!
Yeah, I got into the secret society, and I wish I hadn't. All it's about is making the sprites happy, and the sprites are a huge nuisance. Don't bother!
Well the 30% boost to performance and skills gains that the focused sprite moodlet brings is quite handy though.Many times I just ignore the sprites visits and then just spam 6 funny socials or so to get rid of the anxiety moodlet as it is quicker doing that then entertaining them when your sim is busy.
The best I've been able to do is to get them to go away and stop making me tense. Never gotten a positive moodlet from them at all. It's just a big time sink for no benefit, except maybe the spooky cultist robes.
When your sim is in level 3 of the organization they can actually choose when they want one of the 4 possible moodlets. The focused one gives really great boosts to uni and career performance and skill gains - 30%. There is also a happy, an inspired and a flirty moodlet. Also when the sprites are visiting if you have done enough either funny, mischievous or flirty interactions then the moodlets I have described above will be bestowed on yr sim one the "Fine" moodlet of the visiting sprites goes away, meaning their visit is over.
The focused moodlet is well worth having if you want a perfect GPA of an A+ and also want fast career performance gains once your sim completes their degree.
It’s sooo annoying! I went to the rewards store and dropped the whopping 3,000 points on the “Carefree” reward trait- tense no more! From anything!
Same here, graduated and no longer part of that ridiculous cult, and they still keep coming around. I need a can of Raid or something.
Everything I keep reading says you can take up to four classes per term, but in my game you're only allowed to take two. Is that after you've completed your first "term" or is it supposed to start right away?
I'm on PC, not a console.
There are two drop down menus when selecting classes. The first list is your core classes (based on your degree) and you can take up to four of those at once. The second list are the available electives. You are allowed to take one per semester, but only if you aren't taking the full load of core classes.
I hope that helps.
I'm on my third set of roommates, seems you may or may not get new ones each term. The first ones left after the first term, the second ones were with me through the second and third, and now in my fourth term I just got new ones again. And one of them is dead! They arrived overnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, and one of them just stood outside all night, in freezing weather, in Everyday clothes. My introduction to him was when the screen suddenly snapped to him, keeling over and getting covered in ice.
I just finished sending a sim through university, and for the first time, she had the same roommates all the way through. Unfortunately. I didn't mind the Romantic guy and his different girlfriend every day, or the slob. The one I wished would go away was a female, with apparently 3 different roommate quirks. It was awesome that she brought food back all the time, I didn't really care about the note writing, but what really got old is that she was sad. All the time. Constantly moping and crying under the covers. She didn't have Gloomy, I don't know what it might have been related to.
One of the 'quirks' or 'archetypes' (like breaker, fixer, meal provider etc) given to roommates is Gloomy or perhaps more like Emo Loner, so you will see them sad and crying under the covers all the time.
I found out the hard way... If a day-off holiday falls on a class day, go to class anyway! I took a B because of Harvestfest.
I can't get my sim to drink from the keg. She fills the cup and then just sits it down with no option to drink from it.
So... i have twins and each will go to a different uni, but i don't want them to live off campus (is and old save and before they were born the parents got crazy rich, so i want the twins to "mingle" in a dorm...), and since they can't share the same dorm, i'm planning on doing one degree at a time. Because of that, i want to know if while i am doing one degree my original household will age? Thanks xoxo
I love your site! I trust your advice exclusively :) and now I have a question that I CANNOT figure out!
In the Sims 4 University, I finally figured out why the “Roommates” option wasn’t coming up for my Sim’s boyfriend- he is a NPC! So I added him to the neighborhood and EVERY TIME I ask him to be a roommate, he says no thank you because he already has a home. I have tried EVERYTHING! Waiting a day, being very confident, making sure our friendship and relationship bonds are both 100%, exiting the game and restarting it... Any hints as to how to make him say yes to being a roommate?
Go to Manage Worlds, click his house, and evict him? That would make him homeless, so I think he'd accept after that. I think. I've only had the random generated roommates in college myself.
Only unhoused and unplayed sims can be roommates. So evict the sim in question and then mark them as Unplayed.
Out of school now, got a job in Master of the Real (Painting, the career path boosted by a Fine Arts degree). First day of work, I got a promotion, AND the progress to the next promotion was at about 90%!
Also, daily tasks are staying 100% done even after work. Is this supposed to happen?
Depending on quality of degree work progress can be greatly boosted. As for tasks, they shouldn't be completing until your sim physically completes them. Try a Game Repair or delete the localthumbcache.package file from your TheSims 4 folder.
It later dawned on me that that was from Easy Street.
Can someone get more than one degree? Let's say you go to the university once, take the degree and go back for a different one? Is it possible?
I think so, my sim has the option to enroll even after graduating. Maybe I should try it and see if she needs to earn 12 credits the second time around, or if part of her classes will already count toward a second degree.
Ok, I tried it. Yes, you can re-enroll for another degree. I only need 8 credits to graduate, however- I returned to the same university, and I'm also in a course that seems related to the first one- I have a degree in Fine Arts, now I'm going for Art History. I don't know if it being the same school and or a related degree affect the 4 credits I was spotted.
Also, you don't automatically quit your job if you have one! My sim is in the Master of the Real branch of Painter, and at level 10. That's the "laziest" job you can get, 2 shifts a week for 5 hours a shift. She has 6 vacation days, so she can just take vacation for 3 terms.
Yes, my sim is on his fifth degree currently. No limit to the number of degrees a sim can do.
You can force build mode while living in a dorm with bb.enablefreebuild. But DON'T place a stove or grill! After the term ends that dorm won't be an option to live in anymore, if it has a stove or grill.
Any venue/community lot that does not fulfill the building requirements will not function in the game.
With a University Housing Lot instead of 'forcing' the lot with cheats have your Sim take a BBQ/Grill to uni with them in their personal inventory and drag it out/in when you want to use it. Or just leave it out so your Sims roommates can cause chaos, which is my preferred option tbh.
I did not realize you could carry a grill! My sim has the Refined Palate fame quirk, so I wanted her to be able to make excellent quality food for herself. And also make fruit cobbler to offer at the statue, which gives you a nice buff even if you don't want to join the secret society.
Can you drop out of the E-sports team? I'm finding it VERY time consuming, 4 hours 6 nights a week, with a 1-2 hour daily task. The only way my sim is pulling it off is that she's a spellcaster and has been chugging Plentiful Needs potions, so she doesn't have to sleep.
hi, anyone experience the skill to convince other to make homework not work well? they take book then put again in inventory, they not refuse. tried without mod.
aye but is not my case, the other sim agree then take the notebook, but not go to make homework for my sim they just put back the notebook, the animation for refuse is different. when they agree they smile
I understand that and was agreeing with you. The skill seems glitched and even successful interactions don't always work.
You can always go make a Bug Report about this error as I can't always help solve glitches and bugs that need a developers coding fix, as sometimes there is no work around: EA Bug Forum
So, I just discovered that you can die from contributing knowledge on the research machine. Got a +40 Dazed moodlet, with text warning of dire consequences. Wait, does that mean if I do it again...? Yes, yes it does. I saved first though, so Rebecca is alive and well, just feeling a bit loopy.
Everywhere I've looked, you (and every other website) are overlooking the e-sports and soccer career cheats/info. Unless I've just gone blind. Hmmm... anyway, can you list this info please? Thx
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Any Chance someone has compiled a list of the Elective courses?
Basically, there's something for every skill. But you won't get every option every term. And you can take something you've already maxed for an easy A, or take something you need to level, because you'll make significant progress in it.
Can you have pets in your dorm
I must have sent a dozen sims through university before I started seeing one particular quirk or random event: a phone call from one of your room mates saying they've locked themselves out and could you please let them in. I played for MONTHS before I ever saw that, but since the first time, every sim who's lived in the dorms has had that happen. So was that patched in, or was it just totally random that I never saw it till later? One of those times, my sim was camping on the beach in Sulani, so she could harvest the local plants and plant them after university. Her room mate had a long wait...
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The Sims 4 Discover University has been announced for November 15 for PC/Mac and December 17 for Xbox and Playstation 4 consoles. Click to learn more about the pack, see my summary of the livestream or read our FAQs below.
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