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The Sims 4 Discover University: Roommates Guide

The Sims 4 Discover University sees the long-awaited return of roommates! Now there are two variations of roommates. The first is those who are automatically assigned to live alongside your Sim in university housing. This could be on campus or on a specified university housing lot. Of course with the game automatically assigning roommates, you could be in for a few surprises!

The second way of gaining roommates is actually by placing an advertisement. This actually allows your  Sim to get to know potential new roommates before asking them to move in. You also don’t have to be attending university to use this feature.

Placing an Advertisement

Placing an advertisement for a roommate is easy. Simply head over to a computer/laptop and under the Household menu, you will find the option to create an advertisement. Alternatively, you can use your Sims’ cell phone and again under the Household tab, you will find the option to place an advertisement.

Once you place the advertisement, you will receive a notification telling you that your advertisement has been placed for a new roommate.

If, once you have placed your advertisement you decide that you no longer want to look for a roommate, simply repeat the process again to cancel the advertisement.

After You Place The Advertisement

Once you have placed your advertisement you will need to make sure that you have space to accommodate a new roommate. Whether this is their own room or a bed and some simple furniture in an existing bedroom.

It can take a few Sim days for applications to arrive. You will be able to tell which Sims are coming to meet your Sim as they will have Potential Roommate above their name.

Once the applicants arrive, you can get to know them and interact with them just like you would with any normal Sim.

When you have decided on the Sim you want to become your new roommate, simply click on them and navigate to the Roommate menu. You can then use the Accept as new Roommate option.  As soon as you select a Sim to be your Roommate your advert will be closed and taken down. The chosen Sim will also move straight in.

Living With Your New Roommate

Your new roommate is now a part of your everyday life. The fact you have handpicked this Sim will hopefully mean they will help out around the home with cooking and cleaning. Just watch out as you may end up with a disruptive Sim who will throw surprise parties and not help around the home.

Roommates will also help contribute towards the household funds via rent. The amount of rent varies depending on how many Sims you have as roommates.

You will find that Roommates won’t move out on their own and only if you kick them out if you need to. Once they have left you can place an advertisement again to help find a new roommate.


Additional Information

  • Roommates are not restricted just to the world of Britechester. Regardless of where your Sim lives or if they live in a standard home, apartment or penthouse you can have roommates.
  • The number of roommates depends on the number of beds. This is the same for both university housing and for normal gameplay.
  • University roommates are automatically generated. They will also claim their beds too.
  • You may notice that roommates will leave you little notes from time to time as well. You will be able to either compliment or complain to the roommate who left the note too!

What are you looking forward to the most when playing with roommates? Let us know in the comments below.

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    • yes – if you get to know them well enough you can ask them to join your household and then move with them :)

  • I’m curious of the rent works, and was it’s a lower payment from them when you have more… like do I still get the same amount as I would with just one roommate.

  • They can move out on their own.

    At least, one of mine did. I built a small house next to my main house. She complained the house wasn’t nice enough. I guess I was supposed to upgrade the furnishings (even though she had everything including a computer I bought her). Couldn’t do anything because I was broke at the time. She moved out a couple days later. It was fine. She was kept throwing parties, leaving piles of trash around and flirting with my Sim then getting mad when she didn’t reciprocate. Good riddance.

  • I tried to post for a roommate and I have 1 single person bed and 1double bed…but it still says I don’t have enough beds for a roommate…I do not understand why…if I add a 3rd bed to my lot it lets me…but I only have one sim so there’s no reason for a third bed. help!!!…is it possibly counting my cat?

  • My ” Place advertisement for roommate” button won’t light up. I made up a nice bedroom and still nothing. Plez help!

  • I’m having a problem keeping my roommates. I have all the amenities they could imagine and I still can’t seem to keep them more than a week.

    • I cooked a bunch of food and put it in the fridge and I got a comment from the roommate that they were happy now which may or may not have been coincidental.

  • i odo have an issue. some of my sims have neds they say, i have had a few says that they cant take care of themselves and end up leavin? how do i find what they want or what’s missing for them to feel at ease?

  • I have 11 single beds in my lot. I have 3 in household and 1 roommate and want to add one. How many more beds do I need? 20? I don’t understand :( I am asking sims directly and the option doesn’t come up

    • If you hover your mouse over the beds it will give you the name of the roommate it is assigned to. The one that doesn’t have a name pop up is your bed.

  • For all those who still have trouble acquiring roommates
    No matter how many beds you have in your lot
    You need to change the lot feature/trait to ‘2 beds’ or more
    In addition to having Discover University installed, of course.

  • The Add for the roomate doesnt work for me on normal non university house. I post it and the potencial roommates never showed up. I managed to get a roomate by clicking on option “roommate” and “ask to be a roommate” (idk if its in english the same. My game is in my first language) and they always accepted. I always made them really nice room with empty space for their stuff, computer, bathroom and they leave after while because they cant take care of themselves. it doesnt make any sense. Sometimes they left a note by their bed.

  • Hi there! I’m trying to post an ad to get roommates in the DU pack and it’s not allowing me. I have enough extra beds, i have NO pets. I did notice when I locked the front door and only allowed “roomates” none of us were able to leave the house, is my sim and the other roommates not considered official roommates? I’m not sure. I have also renovated my lot, it used to be the house that had 4/4 roomates but now i updated it so it has 8 beds now instead of 4.

  • what will happen if i already built a room decor in my roommate’s room? is that really have an effect to my roommate’s when they’re going to move in?

  • Every time I post an ad for a roommate it will last a couple of days and then I will have to do it again. What does this mean? In the space of time where the ad was still active. There have been no potential roommates.