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The Sims 3: University Life
The Sims 3: University Life
Box art for The Sims 3: University Life
Developer(s) Maxis Salt Lake
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Ratings ESRB: T
PEGI: 12
Series The Sims series
Release date(s) NA March 5, 2013
GB March 8, 2013
EU March 7, 2013
Technical information
Engine The Sims 3 Engine
Version 18.0.126
Platform(s) Windows, macOS
Mode(s) Single-player
Media DVD, Digital Download
System requirements Minimum Hardware Requirements on
Game features
Genres Life simulation
Themes University
Creatures PlantSim [1]
Neighborhoods Sims University

The Sims 3: University Life is the ninth expansion pack for The Sims 3. After rumors circulating through listings and ratings, Electronic Arts announced the expansion pack an hour before the live chat was broadcast on January 8, 2013.[2][3] There is also a limited edition available which includes the Partaeus Maximus statue. University Life was released on March 5, 2013 in North America, March 7 in Europe, and March 8 in the United Kingdom.

University Life's theme is college, very similar to that in The Sims 2: University, thus giving the Sims a "college experience" while at university. It has brought many returning features from The Sims 2's expansion packs, as well as introduced new features for The Sims 3. The pack and its world are Seasons-compatible.

Description[edit | edit source]

Are your Sims ready for the time of their lives? Heading off to university opens up new opportunities, from social connections to career growth. From class activities to major-specific objects, your Sim will find new ways to learn! And university isn’t just about hitting the books. Join a protest, flirt at a bonfire party—there’s a lot to learn outside of lectures at the student union. With new locations like the bowling alley and SimBurger to explore, and new activities like juice pong and spray painting murals to enjoy, your Sims are sure to have the time of their lives!

Game Features[edit | edit source]

  • Help your Sims make the grade: Your Sim can broadcast their own radio show as a Communications major or bone up on anatomy with a skeleton for the Science and Medicine major. New major-specific objects, social activities and student union lectures make learning more fun than ever.
  • Let loose and party: Host a bonfire by the lake, or throw a wild Juice Kegger party. There are lots of ways to have a great time at university.
  • Make connections and network: Text, blog and stream video to build that all-important social network. Join one of the three groups on campus—the nerds, the rebels, and the jocks, then develop your cred with special activities. Become a legend in your group and you could earn a dream job or a coveted extra trait.
  • Reap the benefits of higher education: University graduate Sims can move up the career ladder more easily with faster promotions and higher entry-level jobs.
  • Explore the Campus and Town: Strike out at the bowling alley, flirt with the barista at the Roasted Toasted Beans or browse comic books at Keith’s Komics. There’s a whole new town and campus full of places to explore.

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University - Sims University

Sims University is a new sub-neighborhood (similar to the sub-neighborhoods in World Adventures) and its university buildings are New England-inspired with some European influences. Its animal mascot is a llama.

Pets[TS3:P] do not show up in university, however, paparazzi[TS3:LN] and aliens[TS3:S] do.[4]

An NPC mascot will arrive at your Sims' lot with a University kit that includes a banner, a T-shirt, and an aptitude test. Your Sim can keep this kit in the personal inventory or put it anywhere in the house. The results of the aptitude test (which can be taken as many times as desired) will depend on their skills, traits, work experience and school grades,[5] influencing how much financial assistance they can get. The results also show the total aptitude score, along with the sub-scores for the majors and credit award.

Enrolling in university can be done at any time via the phone or the computer. Players will be able to choose their Sims' major and how many credits to take, which affects the length of time the Sims will spend at university before completing a degree. The Sims may only study one major at a time, but they can enroll in university after completing one major in order to study another. They can also customize the duration of the Sims' term in university, 1 week being the minimum and 2 weeks the maximum.[4]

When a Sim gets in the university, the Work tab on the UI is replaced with the Academics tab. It keeps records of his/her schedule and responsibilities. The schedule will depend on the Sim's degree and how many credits the Sim has.[5]

During your Sim's university stay, time will stop in the main neighborhood. Sims cannot marry one another and female Sims cannot get or be pregnant while at University.[4] Married Sims cannot visit each other while one is away at University, but they may talk on the phone.[4] If a parent goes to University, a babysitter will come to their lot and take care of the children.[6] Sims use their family funds to pay for tuition and rent.[7] Sims can also get additional funds at the administration center depending on their academic performance. Sims need to have at minimum 35% of their academic performance in order to apply for aid. They can get from §1,750 up to §5,000 each time they apply for aid. Sims need to wait for another 24 hours to apply for another aid.

On the first day in Sims University at noon, a "meet-and-greet" orientation is held at the student union, where Sims can "get to know" one another and get free items at stands.

Classes start on the first Monday morning.[5] On Mondays and Wednesdays, classes are held on one of the university rabbit-hole buildings. They are seminar-styled, which varies from "Introduction to Dodging Questions" to "Methods and Practices of Tragic Clowns", which are chosen randomly when enrolled. Players are able to choose a variety of tones in these classes, which affects the Sims' academic performances. Some of the tones are: "Socialize" and "Suck Up to the Professor". The Sims can ask a Sim to attend their classes, but by doing so, the professor may notice.[5]

As lecture halls are open, and therefore interactive. This feature differs from The Sims 2: University, where Sims would attend classes off-lot and could not be interacted with while at class.

On Tuesdays/Thursdays, lectures are held in the student union building, and Sims can interact with the professors. They can ask questions, take notes, and sleep through the lecture, and these actions affect their academic performances. Sims can also do class activities, also held on Tuesdays/Thursdays, which give Sims a chance to use academic objects to gain knowledge relating to their major.[5] Sims can schmooze with their professors to ask for extra credit.[6]

Although Sims are allowed to skip classes for at maximum two days, more frequent occurrences result in punishment.

Spring breaks may occur if the player has Seasons installed, and it will depend on when the Sims' term ends.[4] However, there are no holidays in the university.[6]

Sims can apply for Day Jobs, Social Group Jobs, and Dares in University, which they can find by looking on the Bulletin Boards located in Fraternities, Sororities, and Dormitories. They look similar to the Adventure Boards in World Adventures.[6] Accomplishing these tasks can earn you Simoleons and Social Group influence.

Sims need to have a high academic performance, achieved through studying, paying attention at classes and lectures, and enhanced by a Sim's existing skills.

Examinations will occur on Fridays. Sims can study from textbooks, computers and smartphones, or create a study group with up to three other Sims (four total). They can also cheat on the examinations by making a study sheet and using the "Cheat" tone, but they might get caught. Sims with a high computer hacking skill can find examination answers the day before that examination on a computer.[8] There is also a final examination. Minimal studying and a poor mood will likely result in a failing grade. Failing it will make a major impact on their final grade.[5]

Sims can drop out of university, but this may affect their life in some way.[4] They can be kicked out of a class for cheating, but not out of the university,[4] although they can lose their scholarship.[6]

Graduations happen after Sims complete their major, the times varying based on major and when the Sim began to attend university. The time needed to graduate will depend on how many classes the Sim takes.[7] Sims graduating will don graduation robes and mortar boards. If Sims graduate from university, they will get an extra trait slot and career benefits, depending on major. The grades will affect the advantages, therefore Sims with higher grades will get more bonuses,[5] while Sims with lower grades will never get any benefits.[6]

Graduated Sims who want to meet the Sims from university can call them to have them visit their home town.[4] These Sims from university are called "university friends", which functions similarly to "foreign friends" in World Adventures.

University buildings

Some of the university buildings are built inside of shells, similar to Late Night's apartment building shells, where the interior can be customized while the exterior cannot.

The buildings can be added on any home worlds, but they function as rabbit holes with new interactions, thus this will not serve as a real university.[4]


Sims can study for majors in Business, Science and Medicine, Technology, Physical Education, Fine Arts and Communications.

They will receive a study object which helps them to improve their academic performance.

Major Name of study object[7] Interactions
Communications Frequency Fun Mobile Radio Station[5][9] Conduct interviews and report on events within campus/the world
Business Workface Warrior Business Planner Work On Business Plan/Present Business Plan
Science and Medicine "Them Bones" Anatomy Skeleton Bone Up on Anatomy, Test Skeletal Structure
Technology Cerebralizing Brain Enhancing Machine (has two versions) Study Brain
Physical Education "Them Bones" Anatomy Skeleton (Same as Science and Medicine)
Fine Arts Sketchbook Practice Sketching, sketch other Sims
New lot types


  • University Hangout ("University Quad")
  • Student Union ("Conners Student Union Building")
  • Java Hut ("Roasted Toasted Beans Coffee Shop")
  • Nerd Shop ("Keith's Komics")
  • Rebel Hangout ("The Grotto")
  • Arcade ("B's Bowlarama")

Community (University only)

  • Dormitory
  • Fraternity
  • Sorority

Residential (home world only)

  • Apartment

The java hut lot in University Life is different from the Coffeehouse lot from Showtime. While the java hut has an interior with a barista bar which is interactive, the Coffeehouse does not. The shop will open from 9am to 1am.

Hobby shops are open from 8am to 2am.

New rabbitholes
  • 25 Frames Cinema - Theater
  • Night Owl Foods - Supermarket
  • Schmidt Memorial Stadium & Annex - Stadium
  • University Bookstore - Bookstore
  • Busche School of Science
  • Nichols School of Business
  • St. John Administration Center
  • Thomas School of Art

Dormitories can be built and edited through Edit Town mode. These dormitories will automatically fill in with Sims acting as roommates.[8]

Sims can rent a dorm room or pay and rent an individual house in Sims University. Renting a house is more expensive than living in dorms.[7] Unlike The Sims 2: University, dorms are completely customizable. Players can "set bed ownership" for the Sims by clicking a bed. Sims can kick out their roommates, or request for roommate reassignments (only in University).[6]

Sims do not pay bills while in University. However, they do earn money if they have roommates (only applies to in rent houses in University). How much money a Sim earns depends on how many roommates they have.

Sorority houses are for female Sims while fraternity houses are for male Sims. These houses are more for the social side of the Sims' university life.[7] Sims living in these houses are likely to be dared to do some actions by other Sims.[6]

Apartment lots are similar to dormitories. but Sims living in apartments pay the rent each week. The rent cost is determined by the overall value of the lot.[8]

Social groups[10]

Social groups are groups of Sims who usually socialize with one another and have particularly similar interests, skills, and attitudes. Your Sim can gain influence with as many of these groups they desire. These groups still exist outside of the university. To learn a Sim's social group, hover over the Sim with the mouse.

Sims can choose to join the three social groups: nerds, jocks, and rebels. They can be in more than one social group, and the groups are optional to join. Interacting with a Sim in a certain social group may result in your Sim gaining influence with that group, even if not intended.[6]

The Jocks like to win anything. They usually hang out at B's Bowlarama in Sims University where they practice bowling. They can also throw parties which are considered the best around the university.

The Rebels like to stand apart from the crowd. They usually hang out at The Grotto, a hangout with a new pool table. They work on their Painting and Street Art skills, as they usually tag walls on the university and drink organic brew from barista bars. They like to add herbs to their drinks and they are known for organizing protests on campus.

The Nerds like to be smart. They usually hang out at Keith's Komics in Sims University which is an ideal hangout for the nerds as it has hobbies which they can enjoy such as computers, arcade machines and comics. They love to play video games, perform research from their majors, and win trivia challenges.

Sims can hang out with these groups and gain credibility, which can offer advantages to them, such as lifetime rewards[9] and unlock new social interactions.[7] To check their current status to the groups, there is the "Check Social Groups" interaction on the Sims' smartphones.

New careers

If the Sims become a legend with their social group, they may land a career like:

  • Nerds - Video game developer[9]
  • Rebels - Art appraiser
  • Jocks - Sports Agent
New NPCs
  • Llama Mascot
    The Llama Mascot will drop off a package with freebies in your Sims' residential lot. It will also provide an aptitude test for them. Being friends with the mascot can lead to apprenticeship and your Sim will learn some dance moves.[8]
  • Barista
    A barista works in a Java Hut.
New life state - PlantSims[TS2:S]
  • PlantSims cannot be created in Create a Sim, however Sims can become PlantSims through eating a Forbidden Fruit or taking part in a science experiment at university.[6]
  • PlantSims have special relationships with plants and can converse with harvestable plants.[8]
  • PlantSims do not need to eat, but need to keep hydrated. They can keep hydrated by absorbing water through activities such as swimming, bathing, absorbing puddles and photosynthesizing.[8]
  • A PlantSim's Flower Kisses cause obsession and their Poisonous Kisses cause sickness in Sims.[8]
  • PlantSims can be in households. It is possible but rare to meet a random PlantSim around town. They can be grown.[8]
New interactions
  • Sims will be able to streak, a feature from The Sims 2: University.
  • Sims can chant the college song and "perform school cheer", a feature from The Sims 2: University. (Jocks only)
  • Sims can protest.

There are new romantic options in University Life. Some of these are kiss interactions. These kiss interactions are "Heat of the Moment Kiss", "Juiced Kiss" and "Cinnamon Kiss", which can spice the relationship a bit higher than a normal kiss.[10]

Sims can convince roommate Sims to do things for them. They must have a good relationship with them in order to do so successfully.

They can tag a wall or draw murals of varying sizes using a street art kit. Sometimes, it can trigger the police's attention, unless you're creating commissioned street art.

Sims can get two extra trait slots. One for reaching level 8 in a social group and one for graduating with a degree.[4]


The standard phone in the Sims' inventory is replaced with a smartphone, which looks like a Blackberry 10 or Android smartphone. This smartphone comes with a variety of new skins to apply, which are unlocked as the skill level grows.[8] It functions the same as the standard phone, but with new features such as:

  • Social networking (texting, blogging, browsing the web, streaming a video, etc.)
  • Take photos[10]
    • Self-portrait photos or photos with other Sims (requires Jock influence)
    • Romantic photos with a kiss

By taking these photos, the player has the option to either print them out and hang them on a wall, or keep them stored in the smartphone. Photos that are not taken out of a Sim's smartphone before the Sim leaves University will be erased from the phone.

Sims can also send texts on their Smartphones. They can send secret admirer texts, insulting texts, woohooty texts, breakup texts or friendly texts.

New traits

Certain traits can now affect how well a student does in University. For example, Ambitious Sims will excel at University, while Absent-Minded Sims will have a harder time. Social Butterflys will benefit in the pursuit of a Communications Degree, while Shy Sims would not be wise to do so. Check CAS for more information.

New skills
Social networking[7]

The social networking features work in smartphones. The skill can be increased by browsing the web from the phone, streaming a video, texting, and blogging, and by doing so, Sims will unlock new social networking interactions.

In blogging, Sims can select a blog theme and attach photos to their blogs. The more they blog, the more followers they get (or lose), which helps to gain influence with social groups faster, have better attended protests and get more Simoleons for donation and buyouts of their blog.[8]

As Sims build this skill, they unlock different smartphone applications in their smartphones.[8] Such applications are:

  • Sim Finder - helps Sims to easily find an unmet Sim
  • Relationship Transmogrifier - set any relationship status to any Sim
New death[11]
  • Death by Blunt Force Trauma (Murphy Bed/Vending Machine)
  • Death by Ranting (Protest Against Death)
New WooHoo spot
  • Murphy bed
  • Photobooth
New lifetime reward
  • Social Group Influence (2,000 LP) - Gain a substantial amount of influence with the (Rebel/Jock/Nerd) group.
  • Honorary Degree (50,000 LP) - Pick a degree of your choice without attending University!
New lifetime wishes
  • Perfect Student - Earn a university degree with a perfect GPA.
  • Scientific Specialist - Reach level 10 in Science skill and reach level 10 in any Scientific, Medical, or Business career.
  • Street Credible - Reach level 10 of Street Art skill and create 7 masterpiece murals.
  • Major Master - Earn three degrees
  • Reach Max Influence with All Social Groups - Reach max influence with all social groups.
  • Blog Artist - Reach level 10 in Social Networking skill and create a five-star blog.
New Create-A-Sim items

There are 4 new hairstyles for female Sims and 4 new hairstyles for male Sims.

  • Dreadlocks
  • Side ponytail with headband
  • Crop hair with barette.
  • Windblown hair
  • Messy hair in beanie

There are 7 new clothes for female Sims and 6 new clothes for male Sims.

  • Casual college inspired clothing
  • Nerd, Rebel and Jock clothing
  • Mascot (2 styles)

Other CAS

  • New tattoos
  • New skin tone - PlantSim green
New music
  • Geek Rock
New party types
  • Bonfire Party
  • Juice Kegger
  • Masquerade (Limited Edition)
  • Toga Party (Limited Edition)

New objects

Returning objects

Sims roast food on the bonfire or throw things into the flames. Throwing something on the bonfire will give positive or negative results, for example, a test tube will cause a Sim to be smelly.

Sims can do bowling moves at the bowling alley.

Vending machines can malfunction, but can work again if they are shaken. Sims who do this have a chance of dying of "blunt force trauma".

New games
  • Bowling
  • Ping Pong
  • Juice Pong
  • Frisbee
New food and drinks
Barista bar
Organic Brew Herbal Teas Energy Drinks Hot Beverage Food

Kona Lift


Chamomile Kick Soy Cappuccino Brownie

Midnight Mud

Sweet Grass Greenleafpalooza Chai with Extra Foam



Cinnamon Peppermint Party Non-Fat Chai Donut

Red Rocket

Basil Garlicious Strawberry Soy Cappuccino with Extra Foam Bagel

Maui Slappuccino

Lavender In Your Face Lime Non-Fat Chai with Cinnamon Swirl Muffin
Peppermint Spud Suds Shock Strawberry Non-Fat Frothiccino with Chocolate Sprinkles Key Lime Pie
Wonderpetal Watermelon Mushroom Cloud Cheese Danish
Chamomile Licorice Energsplosion Slice of Cake
Bumbleleaf Buzzberry Rush
Greenleaf Wondrous Onyum
Licorice Ridiculous Red Apple
  • Quick meals and microwave recipes[7]
  • Soda and sweets can be obtained from vending machines.[7]
  • Herbs are used to make herbal tea and can be thrown on a bonfire to create funny effects.
  • Sims can add herbs to any meal if they have any in their inventory.
  • Each herb can affect Sims in different ways.
  • Using too many herbs make Sims sick[6] and cause nausea.[8]
  • Sims can do the cinnamon challenge.[7]
New collectibles[7]
  • Herbs
  • Insects

Editions[edit | edit source]

  • Original Edition - only contains original content
  • Limited Edition - Original Edition with "The Party Pack Bundle" which include the Partaeus Maximus statue

Get The Party Started with The Party Pack Bundle

• Set the Mood—and the Theme
Boost your Sim’s guests’ moods at the party and choose between toga, masquerade, casual, formal, swimwear, and pajama parties.

• Install a Campus Icon
The Partaeus Maximus statue isn’t just functional, it’s decorative too! Place this imposing artwork anywhere on campus and enjoy the traditional ambience it evokes.

  • Origin Exclusive Pre Order - Limited Edition with pre-order content when you order University Life through Origin


• Campus Cruiser Get to your classes on time and in style on this sleek, modern scooter.

• Head of the Class Your Sims can sport this classic, low-maintenance look that says they didn't have time to do their hair because they were up late studying—or partying!

• “You Got Spirit” Face Paint Get ready for the big game and make sure everyone knows your allegiance by wearing your school colors—on your face.

• Mascot Magic Face Paint Some say painting the fierce, fighting llama on your face does not actually impact the outcome of the game. You know different. Do you want to win or what?

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Live broadcasts
  • The second live broadcast showcasing University Life was about to be on February 14, 2013 at 10am PST, but due to technical difficulties, the producers answered questions from the community during the livestream. The demonstration of University Life was released on March 1, 2013 and can be found on YouTube.
  • There was an community day planned where members of the community are invited to play the game in the United Kingdom, but it was changed into a Q&A session.[12]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

In links (mostly from SimsVIP)

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

TS3 Blogs
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Forum Posts

References[edit | edit source]

"The Sims" Chronology
Preceded by
The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff
January 22, 2013
The Sims series PC games Followed by
The Sims 3: Island Paradise
June 25, 2013
Preceded by
The Sims 3: Seasons
November 13, 2012
The Sims 3 expansion packs
The Sims series expansion packs

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