The Sims 2: University

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ



  • Free items

    While your Sim is in college, claim a dorm room. Then, click the "Buy Catalog" button and look through the other dorm rooms. Use the hand to pick up things from the other dorm rooms and drag them into your dorm room. You can even take items in the halls of the college and from the kitchen.

  • Selecting a major

    Pick a major that not only leads to a career for a Sim, but also takes into consideration their level of skills when they get to college. If you choose wisely, they will easily get through many semesters without even worrying about skills.

  • Control dorm members

    You can control dorm members, make them graduate, and move them to the neighborhood. To do this, you must have a former dorm member living in a Greek house. They must also be friends with the dorm member. Make the dorm member pledge to join the Greek house. Then the dorm member can move to the Greek house. Note: This also works if you have a student living on their own in a house; just ask them to move in.

  • Getting special characters back permanently

    When you "resurrect" a Sim that was initially dead (for example, Skip Broke, Darlene Dreamer, Michael Bachelor, Bella Goth, etc.), that Sim will disappear upon re-entry of that lot with a message stating that your Sim has died on another lot. To prevent this, enable the "boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true" code and then right click on a Sim. Select "Spawn" then "Tombstond Of L & D". Select the Tombstone Of L & D then choose the "Get neighbor..." option. Sort through the names until you find the one you are looking for. Click on the name of the Sim you wish to "resurrect" and that Sim will spawn next to the tombstone. Right click on a Sim and spawn "Rodney's Death Creator". Have the resurrected Sim select it and die. Allow the Grim Reaper to take them. Then, get a Resurrect-o-nomitron. It is the career reward for the Paranormal career track. If you do not already have one, select an adult Sim and right click a newspaper. Select "Career Rewards" and "Paranormal". Open Reward mode and place the Resurrect-o-nomitron on the lot. For this part you will need about 10,000 Simoleons. Have a Sim on the lot use the Resurrect-o-nomitron to bring back the Sim you had just killed. Offer 10,000 Simoleons and you will get your dead Sim back permanently.

  • Getting the room that you want

    If you want a certain room and someone else took it, click on their face on the left side of the screen. Click on their door and choose "Unclaim Room". If you do not control that Sim, then delete the door.

  • Make dorm rooms into regular rooms

    Enable the "moveObjects on" code and go into Buy mode. Click on a dorm room door and delete it. Then, find an extra door and move it to the dorm room.

  • Delete unwanted Sim

    Enable the "moveObjects on" code and go into Buy mode. Click on the Sim then press [Delete]; or drag him or her to the area where it says: <unknown> click here to delete. The Sim will be permanently deleted.

  • Have an alien baby

    Enable the "boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true" code and buy a telescope. Hold [Shift] and click the telescope, then select "Get abducted.

  • Easy money:

    When you move into a dorm room, go into Buy mode and sell everything you can. It is possible to get up to 65,000 Simoleons from a small dorm room, with eight rooms and a medium dorm room with twelve rooms. Note: This trick works best if you sell everything as soon as your Sim moves into the dorm room, as you will get the full price for everything. If you do not, you will get a slightly depreciated value for all the items.

  • Dropping out

    When a Sim drops out of college, they will automatically grow into adults and will never be able to attend college again.

  • See Will Wright

    Enter the Create-A-Sim screen. Look at the corner on the left, next to the mirror, to see a portrait of Will Wright (the creator of the Sims series) as a Sim.

  • Invisible dorm members

    Members of the dorms other than the ones you create cannot die except by fire or ghost attack. If you take away toilets, showers, and cooking appliances, they will not suffer mood failure. Their moods automatically replenish when low. A better way to try this trick is to place them on top of the roof using the "moveObjects on" code.

  • Testing cheats mode

    While playing the game, press [Ctrl] + [Shift] + C to display the console window. Enter "boolProp TestingCheatsEnabled true" to activate testing cheats mode. This is a very powerful cheat that enables many new things. In Create A Sim, after enabling this code, go into debugmode by pressing [Shift] + N before making a Sim. You now have the following new things in Create A Sim: skin tones, clothing, and some other options such as viewing the skinfilenames. In the game itself, after enabling this code, hold [Shift] and left click on a Sim to have lots of options, such as changing clothes, make your Sim fat or thin, set their aspiration level, etc. This code also can spawn some interesting items, such as the tombstone of L(ife) and D(eath), and family members.

    Enable the "boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true" code, then go onto a different family. A strange code will appear at the top right hand corner. If you go onto the Sims' needs, you can click on each one and drag it up or down, whichever desired. You can also increase the skill points of your Sims in the same way. This is useful if you want a promotion, if your Sim is depressed, if you are teaching a toddler to walk, etc. You can also hold [Shift] and click on a Sim. Click on "More", then "Spawn" and create the Tombstone of L and D. You can click on this, then "More" then "Make everyone here friends with me", which helps if you need friends to get promoted, or to complete an aspiration task.

    Enable the "boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true" code, then hold [Shift] and click on a mailbox. You will have new options, such as forcing a burglar to rob, know all Sims in the neighborhood (including NPCs and special Sims), force everyone you know to be friends, force pregnancy relations, invite all neighbors over, and more.

  • Cheat Codes

    While playing the game, press [Ctrl] + [Shift] + C to display the console window. Enter one of the following case-sensitive codes to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    Result Cheat Code
    List most cheat codeshelp
    Display information about indicated cheathelp [cheat command]
    1,000 more SimoleonsKaching
    50,000 more Simoleonsmotherlode
    No censor; set to 8 to return to normalintprop censorgridsize 0
    Have twins when baby is borntwinzr2cute, twinsr2cute, or ForceTwins
    Remove all Sims; use in neighborhood viewdeleteAllCharacters
    Toggle terrain types; use in neighborhood viewTerrainType [desert or temperate]
    Objects can be placed anywhere in buy and
    build modes; hand tool can move any object
    moveObjects [on or off]
    Make Sims larger or smaller; 1.0 is normalStretchSkeleton [number]
    Prevent Sims from agingaging [on or off]
    Slow motion; 0 is normal, 8 is slowestslowMotion [0-8]
    Increase game performance with some
    graphics glitches
    Vsync [on or off]
    Turn off facial DNA blending in Create A SimfaceBlendLimits [on or off]
    Use in neighborhood screen to invite more
    guests to a party
    intProp maxNumOfVisitingSims [number]
    Enable postprocessing cheats; requires
    video card that supports pixel shaders
    boolProp enablePostProcessing [true or false]
    Set to false to place objects out of gridboolProp snapObjectsToGrid [true or false]
    Toggle automatic game updatesautoPatch [on or off]
    Set to false to remove props like rocks and
    towers from neighborhood
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodProps [true or false]
    Set to false to remove roads from
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodRoads [true or false]
    Set to false to removes trees/plants from
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodFlora [true or false]
    Set to false to remove water from
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodWater [true or false]
    Set to false to removes house graphics
    from neighborhood
    boolprop displayLotImposters [true or false]
    Set to false to remove bridges from
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodRoadsWithModel
    [true or false]
    Set to false and lots will not light up when
    highlighted in neighborhood
    boolprop lotTerrainLighting [true or false]
    Set to false to remove removes water
    (ponds) from lots
    boolprop lotWater [true or false]
    Set to false to remove floorpainting on lotboolprop lotTerrainPaints [true or false]
    Set to true and cars will have more detail in
    boolprop carsCompact [true or false]
    Set to trueto show lot informationboolprop lotInfoAdvancedMode [true or false]
    Set to false to remove removes shadows
    on objects outside house
    boolprop objectShadows [true or false]
    Set to false to remove shadows on objects
    inside house
    boolProp guob [true or false]
    Set to true and walls will no longer cut
    away from selected Sim
    boolprop renderSelectedSimLevel [true or false]
    Set to true to see the path where the
    selected Sim walks to
    boolProp displayPaths [true or false]
    Set to true and blocks appear on Sims
    faces and on parts where Sims look at
    boolprop displayLookAtBoxes [true or false]
    Set to false to place floor tiles outside lotboolprop locktiles [true or false]
    Set to false to raise and lower floor even
    when covered with objects
    boolprop constrainFloorElevation [true or false]
    Set to true to light up objects continuously
    instead of only when used
    boolprop allObjectLightsOn [true or false]
    Toggle grid in build or buy modeboolprop showFloorGrid [true or false]
    Toggle shadows for SimsboolProp simShadows [true or false]
    In neighborhood, shows filename of house
    when lot is highlighted
    boolprop ShowLotPackageFilename [true or false]
    After typing "expand", will you see the game
    version in the cheat box
    Expand or contract console windowexpand
    Close console windowexit
    Unknownboolprop lotTerrainCanvas [true or false]

  • Postprocessing cheats

    Use the following case-sensitive codes after enabling the Postprocessing cheats with the "boolProp enablePostProcessing true". Note: Do not enable or use the Postprocessing cheats unless your video card supports pixel shaders.

    Result Cheat Code
    Blur effect; red, green, blue value must be between
    0 and 255, and x (bloom) between 0.0 and 1.0
    bloom [r g b x]
    Centered blur effect; centerX and centerY are screen
    coordinates; x (vignette) must be between 0.0 and 1.0
    vignette [centerX centerY x]
    Grainy screen effectfilmGrain [0.0-1.0]
    Letterbox screen effectletterBox [0.0-0.4]

  • Command lines

    Start the game with one of the following command line parameters to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    Result Command Line Parameter
    Full screen-f
    Set screen resolution-r[width]x[height]
    Windowed screen-w
    Disable sound-nosound

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