A Guide to Building Apartments in The Sims 2: Apartment Life

Use a cheat code to build condos, townhouses, and connected apartments

The Sims 2 Apartment Life Screenshot
Apartment Living is Not Easy. Screenshot from Electronic Arts.

On the surface, there isn't an easy way to create your own apartment building in "The Sims 2: Apartment Life,"  but it really only takes one cheat code and the right doors to build an apartment.

You can build three different kinds of apartments in The Sims 2. Condominiums are separate apartment buildings, townhouses are connected but each unit has a separate garage and roof, and connected apartments are buildings with multiple apartments inside.

"The Sims 2: Apartment Life" is the final expansion pack for "The Sims 2" game. It comes with apartments both with and without residents.

How to Build an Apartment in The Sims 2

  1. Place a residential lot. If you're building connected apartments, choose a 3x3 lot. For condos, go with a 3x4 lot. Townhouses are best built on 5x2 lots.
  2. Enter the lot in Build/Buy mode.
  3. Design your apartment building. Plan on three or four apartments on each lot. Lay the foundation and build the exterior walls. 
  4. Buy and place the essentials including plumbing, counters, doors, windows, stove, fridge, smoke alarms, ceiling lights, security system, and any build mode objects. 
  5. Decorate and fully furnish each apartment. NPC families will use the furniture.
  6. Add wallpaper and floors.
  7. Add an apartment door—a unique separator door—to each apartment. A rug should be in the hallway. This must be the only entrance or exit to the apartment. Each apartment has a lobby; decorate it.
  8. Landscape with gardens, fences, outdoor lighting, and perhaps a pool. 
  9. Do a "walk around" and be sure all objects are in place.
  10. Open the cheat box by pressing Ctrl+Shift+C, and enter changelotzoning apartmentbase.
  11. The residential mailbox changes to a multi-slot apartment mailbox. An error message appears if there's a problem with the apartment, in which case you should check for multiple entrances and door placement. Fix the problem and type the cheat code again.
  1. Save and exit the lot and then move a new family into your building. 

Note: Do not change a lot back to residential from an apartment after you've moved in a family.

You can buy The Sims 2: Apartment Life Expansion Pack for your PC on Amazon.