Why "The Sims 3: University Life" Is Still Awesome

Updated on May 17, 2019
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Heather has a passion for writing and drawing, and maybe a slight addiction to anime and video games.


What Is The Sims 3: University Life?

If you've been following the franchise since the beginning as I have, then you've probably played a version of the Sims University, which was first released for The Sims 2. Later in The Sims 3, we received an equivalent in The Sims 3: University Life.

In these games, your young adult Sims will get the opportunity to enroll in University and learn skills that will benefit them in their Careers. The reward for doing so is perks to their career in the form of higher pay, and starting several promotions ahead.

These expansions featured their own neighborhood or world where your Sims school would reside. Your career tab will be taken over to show your school progress and objectives. Your goal is to appear to your classes, and pass your finals. The higher your progress meter for school is, the more likely you'll earn a good score on your test! Of course, managing your Sims needs while doing all this adds the challenge.


Main Features

I'm going to talk about the functions that made The Sims 3: University Life so special!

In this game, you started out by doing an entrance exam to assess your Sims current skills, previous career history and traits to determine your progression and available grants in each major. Four majors were available, Science, Street Art, Social Networking, and Photography.

Social groups were added, which seem rather similar to The Sims 4: Get Together's function but it's not quite the same at all. There were three groups, Nerds, Jocks, and Rebels. Brings you back to high school, doesn't it? You could choose to ignore this feature entirely however reaching the top of each of these social groups unlocks a job specific to that group. The Nerd social group unlocked the Video Game Developer Career, Jocks could become Sports Agents, and Rebels could become Art Appraisers.

The Sims 3: University Life also introduced the advanced smartphone that we use in the Sims now. This is when the Social Networking skill was first included in the game, and you worked entirely on your phone.

When attending University, your Sim has the option to live either in a rental home or in a campus dorm. The dorms are free and the rental homes ranged in price.

Oh yeah... We also got plant Sims. Which were cool. I'll always remember pulling the babies out of the ground being similar to mandragoras from the Harry Potter Series.


Some Highlights

The entire experience of The Sims 3: University Life brought a realness to our stories and our Sims' lives. When I play, my goal is to build my Sims and their families up from nothing, without the money cheats. Sending your Sim child to college is a huge deal and a proud moment, especially when they've earned several scholarships.

Staying in dorms with a bunch of other messy Sims is always entertaining, although I wasn't so fond by how often they break the appliances. The social groups add an entirely new level of fun. Study groups were a great way to socialize your Sim while improving their progress.

The addition of highly desirable and unique careers via the job board adds to the fun college experience as well. This gives Sims something short-term to do for some quick cash (which is probably very relatable to the average student in debt).

I love the detail that went into each location, such as the cafe and the comic book store. Instead of just disappearing into a building, you get to watch your Sim during their lecture or class time and control how they behave during class; making them sleep or be attentive when they are getting bored. The art major has your Sim sitting outside and sketching, which brought me back to my own college days!

The Sims 3: University Life expansion added magic to an already magical experience. Despite its age, The Sims 3 is still favored by some over the newer content and is revisited by fans constantly. It should be no surprise given the open world feature along with the endless stories and adventures in each of the worlds.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed listening to my opinion and reminiscing about The Sims 3!

Questions & Answers


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        8 months ago from Marco Island, Florida

        I also enjoyed University Life when played it.. I put all my Sims through University and it was fun exploring their personalities further.. That was a really great hub on a really fun expansion pack!


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