Make or Edit Dorms in 'The Sims 2: University'

When standard dorm options aren't enough

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The Sims 2: University was the first expansion pack for the life simulation video game The Sims 2. Published by EA in 2005, it let characters go to a college and earn a degree, then move on to one of four graduate-exclusive careers. Most young Sims attending school start out living in a dorm. Dorms are cheap since there's zero cost to move into one, and bills are usually pretty low once objects in the dorm have time to depreciate.

Although The Sims 2: University comes with a collection of template dorms in a range of sizes, that's just not enough if you're a gamer who likes to customize. With that in mind, we've collected a few cheats to help you build the dorm of your virtual dreams.

How to Enter Cheats

Cheats are entered from the cheat screen. You can get there with the Ctrl+Shift+C keyboard shortcut.

How to Edit an Existing Dorm

To edit an existing dorm, enter the lot you want to edit and open the cheat screen. Type exactly what you see below. Take note there are three spaces here so that you enter the cheat correctly.

boolprop dormspecifictools disabled false


This cheat lets you use build and buy modes without limitations. However, even with this cheat code, doors and windows placed in the dorm previously might not be editable unless the below cheat code is entered:

moveobjects on


How to Make a New Dorm From Scratch

If you want to build a dorm from scratch, you can make your lot function as one using a special cheat code. To do that, you need to first make an empty lot.

It's important to complete these steps before any Sims are living in the lot.

  1. Add an empty lot to the neighborhood.

  2. Decorate the future dorm as you desire, remembering to include counter islands, a ShinyTyme Cooktop, a Skimmer Securities Ceiling Sprinkler, dorm doors, and a dishwasher or sink.

  3. Open the cheat screen and type this:

changelotzoning dorm

When you change a dorm or build a new one, there should only be one Myne Door. Place it so the picture area is facing outward. Because of this, the dorm cannot support multiple rooms.

The Myne Door used in a dorm room allows a Sim to claim the room and restrict access to it. The Sim's picture shows up on the door once he or she has claimed the room, but the picture cannot be changed unless the Sim unclaims the room, changes his/her appearance, and then reclaims the room.