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Sims U: even more real than real campus life

Paul Greatrix is excited about The Sims 4 Discover University expansion pack, where Sims enrol before exploring "collegiate experiences” and enjoying extracurricular activities
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Paul Greatrix is Registrar at The University of Nottingham, author and creator of Registrarism and a Contributing Editor of Wonkhe.

My first ever Registrarism blog was this one on Sims University in which I was both appalled and fascinated about all the exciting activities which could take place in the pretend university environment and how you could make your way to becoming the ‘Big Sim on campus’.

Imagine the excitement therefore about the launch of The Sims 4 Discover University Expansion Pack, where Sims enrol before exploring “collegiate experiences” and enjoying extracurricular activities:

Take classes that set your Sims up for success in engineering, education, or law careers. Discover robotics and ping-pong, plus make some mischief pulling pranks against the rival school. Study hard, sleep in, and high-five the school mascot – just make sure to keep those grades up!

You can see the exciting trailer here which shows you all the things the Sims can get up to at the older University of Britechester or more modern Foxbury Institute.


Let’s see all the activities you can get up to in the virtual U:

Live in a dorm room or off-campus, explore Britechester on a bicycle, spend time in the student commons, and have a study session at the library. Cheer on the student body at a school spirit event and wear school colors to show your Sim’s pride.

Having settled in and shared the spirit you can also do some studying:

Sims enroll in the University that piques their interest, finding classes in biology, computer science, art history, and even villainy. Attend a lecture or work on term papers and presentations – the more your Sim learns, the better they will be in careers like teaching, law, and engineering. Going to classes or blowing them off will affect your Sim’s grades, so time management is a must.

And then there are all the extra-curricular fun and games. I don’t like the sound of the secret society though…

How your Sim embraces college life is up to them. They can study all night to complete homework or chill out and sleep in. And, with activities like juice pong, juggling a soccer ball, and hanging out with roommates, taking a break has never been so fun! Plus, your Sim can join school organizations like robotics, debate, art, or even a mysterious secret society. As the school year progresses, Sims become their best selves and discover who they are meant to be.

Things have really moved on then in the Sims University world in the last dozen or so years. Less of the Big Sim and more of the robots and juice pong. Happy days.

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