The Sims 4 University Expansion

Discover University's Gameplay Features and Additions

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Click to Enlarge. Graduates play Juice Pong, dressed in cap and gown

Discover University Release Date

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.

Gameplay Guides

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.

Gameplay FAQ

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.

The Sims 4 Discover University Gameplay Tips Video

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.

The Sims 4 Discover University Gameplay Review and Tips

Campus and Dorms

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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.

Roommates

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.

Degrees and Graduation Requirements

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.

ImageDegreeDistinguished Available At:
Art History Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityArt HistoryBritechester
Biology Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityBiologyFoxbury
Communications Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityCommunicationsBritechester
Computer Science Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityComputer ScienceFoxbury
Culinary Arts Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityCulinary ArtsBritechester
Drama Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityDramaBritechester
Economics Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityEconomicsFoxbury
Fine Arts Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityFine ArtsBritechester
History Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityHistoryBritechester
Language and Literature Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityLanguage and LiteratureBritechester
Physics Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityPhysicsFoxbury
Psychology Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityPsychologyFoxbury
Villainy Degree in The Sims 4 Discover UniversityVillainyFoxbury

Bicycles

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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.





Courses

The Sims 4 Discover University Expansion Pack a sim in debate club
Click to Enlarge. A Sim at the podium, participating in debate club.

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.

Extracurricular Activities

The Sims 4 Discover University Expansion Pack a Sim working on a robot
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.

Robotics Skill

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.

Another New Skill: Research and Debate

This was brought up briefly in the livestream, but we don't know much about it yet.

New Careers

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.

Miscellaneous

The Sims 4 Discover University Expansion Pack - private bathroom stalls
Click to Enlarge. Private bathroom stalls are available in University.

  • Juggle Soccer Balls
  • Ping Pong
  • "Juice" Pong
  • Kegs of Juice
  • ...and Keg Stands!
  • Eyebrow and Nose Piercings
  • a Secret Society on Campus
  • Toilet Stalls (or Cubicles, the Private Kind!)
  • Shower Woohoo

More to Come!

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Shannonsays...

When a sims is living on campus, but has family at home, how does it effect the ones back at the home lot?

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Georgasays...

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.

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Elizabeth Holensays...

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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La Lasays...

Thank you for always explaining Sims for us!! Your page is great!!

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Brian Zsays...

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...

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Brian Zsays...

Ok my sim actually aged up and I saw the answer to my question, that you pick your dorm as you register for classes, and you just pay rent.

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Misty Nsays...

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.

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agisays...

or you can buy mini fridge on university campus and eat from there, also somehow there is always food on campus

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Misty Nsays...

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.

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Playalotsays...

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.

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Brian Zsays...

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.

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Brian Zsays...

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.

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Jamiesays...

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?

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Playalotsays...

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.

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Brian Zsays...

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.

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Brian Zsays...

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!

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Playalotsays...

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.

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Brian Zsays...

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...

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Playalotsays...

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.

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Brian Zsays...

Oh, and finally... The note writer has apparently graduated. He's gone and a new NPC has taken over his bed.

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Jeannesays...

Hey i can’t chance my dorm, and i dont know why, can you help?

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Brian Zsays...

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.

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Playalotsays...

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.

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Anettesays...

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...

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Playalotsays...

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!

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Brian Zsays...

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!

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Playalotsays...

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.

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Brian Zsays...

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.

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Playalotsays...

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.

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Courtney Reneesays...

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!

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Brian Zsays...

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.

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Playalotsays...

Bug Report with work around here:click

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Msays...

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?

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Msays...

I'm on PC, not a console.

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ceruleantearsays...

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.

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Brian Zsays...

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.

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Brian Zsays...

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.

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Jordansays...

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.

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Playalotsays...

Try restarting your game, often little glitches like this get reset on a reload.

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Jordansays...

Ahh yes thank you!

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The Dudesays...

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

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Playalotsays...

Yes, the rest of the households just carry on as normal and ages as per your game play options settings.

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Courtney Reneesays...

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?

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Brian Zsays...

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.

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Playalotsays...

Only unhoused and unplayed sims can be roommates. So evict the sim in question and then mark them as Unplayed.

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Brian Zsays...

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?

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Playalotsays...

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.



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