The Sims 4 University Expansion
Discover University's Gameplay Features and Additions
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.
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.
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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.
Campus and Dorms
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Another New Skill: Research and Debate
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.
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!
This page will be updated over time now that Discover University is in our hands.
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