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#1 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 12:35 AM
Default How do you handle your dorms?
I'm not a fan of dorms and only use them for new arrivals or townie teens I've sent to Uni that stay playable. I move sims out as soon as I can which is usually Sophmore year. Usually to a frat/sorority, housing shares or in rare cases single homes. The part that frustrates me is that dorms don't reset when you move the last sim out. I know it's to keep all the items intact but I find it screws up bills and the dorm just lags more and more. Worst of all is my dormies get muddled up. I found Pescado's dormbillfix didn't solve the exact issues I was having where bills would just never come again after the first generation.

I've solved this issue by selecting the dorms I want to use and altering them to my liking then I move them to the bin and then replace it so I will have a copy. When my last sim moves out of the dorm I bulldoze the dorm and replace it with a copy. This effectively resets the dorm for the next generation of sims. I just find I have fewer problems overall if I do this.
Does anyone else have these same issues? Any other solutions for handling them?
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#2 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 1:10 AM
I've never used them. Way too small. I normally send a townie friend with a playable who goes and they live in a small 3 or 3 BR house. I stopped using fraternites/sororities pretty quickly.
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#3 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 1:25 AM
I enjoy dorms, I have a few small ones filled mostly with playables and a couple of larger ones, the hospital dorm and police academy dorm. I haven't taken any notice if they get bills or not. I don't think dorms should get bills at all so if they stop doesn't bother me. Some of my sims I will move to a house and some might move to a Greek house while others will stay at the dorm the whole 8 days and just move to a house for the last two days. My setup is very custom though, no Maxis dorms or Greek houses in sight. I mostly use Moo's uni with some added lots.

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#4 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 2:00 AM
I love the dorms for having unexpected living situations. There are 5 in my hood and I roll the dice when Sims start uni to see where they will live.

It's really interesting to see how romances can be impacted by who lives together and who doesn't. Dustin Broke didn't stand a chance when he ended up in the same dorm as Lilith Pleasant and Angela ended up with Jimmy Phoenix.
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#5 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 2:16 AM
Um.. I just use the default dorms. I like the social aspect, but be sure to claim and lock your doors unless you want them to steal your bed. The school cheer is pretty annoying, and the cow can be at times, but I also find some of the antics to be pretty hilarious (including said cow).
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#6 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 10:08 AM
Dorms, despite the glitches, remains my choice of housing for playables and I seldom use anything else, except if there is one student coming to Uni and my six 6-room-domrs are filled with playables. (Greek houses and those are not a thing in my country).

I never get bills at any dorm, although the postal sim arrives at the postal box regularly - and I really do not mind that at all I don't even think the first generation received any.

Dormies are supposed to move out when your sims move in, and in my experience they will do that most of the time. In my game, it seems that two specific dormies, Nolan Das and MacKenzie something, are the two that simply refuse to move out when they are supposed to. . I have occasionally bulldozed lots to get rid of those two and placed new ones. (Still no bills, I guess Pescado's mod works well in my game). Nolan and MacKenzie may have keys to several dorms imho, although HC says they only have one each - I have kind of starting to like the two of them, but one of them really messes up bathrooms.

I really can't complain about lagging in my game.

Sometimes, after graduating, a sim will just wander back into the dorm, because the taxi does not come - I then have to get him moved by using the move back to option on the phone. There is no logical thing here, the next two may get into the taxi, the next two don't get a taxi, and the next one gets one again. So what - I can get them back home one way or another, and they had their party

I use the 6-dorm room in the bin (I think it is Lam Plaza in Academie Le Tour) - I did make it over a bit to suit my play style better (my sims mostly only sleep there, they go to community lots for the rest). There are two bookcases, one computer, one empty desk and a TV in each dorm. But I have built them perfectly good community lots for gaining skills - and others for having fun - so use them they will
#7 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 12:32 PM
I play Uni in the main hood and tend to make the dorms into apartments.

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#8 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 12:53 PM
When I first played a proper Uni, I used a smaller dorm, and was totally frustrated by the arrangements.
Because I use a modified college hack (48 hours) it became tiresome to play the dorm with so many in it, and it glitched half-way through the semesters. So I moved them out to smaller (2 person house) dorms. That seemed to be fine, but I got tired of rotating through all of them during a play-and graduated them all at the same time.
I'm still unsure if I'll play the uni hood again in TT, because it just didn't live up to my expectations. Perhaps I'll move the next batch into it for one day, use the hacked diploma to give them their degrees and then have done with it.

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#9 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 6:19 PM
Unpopular opinion ahead - you've been warned!

I actually love all of the aspects of Uni play. I build my own dormitories though, because I thought the way they were furnished by Maxis was absolutely ridiculous, and the size of the rooms was unrealistic. Instead, I build my dorms based on my real experiences, and while you can't have more than one sim to a room, I make each room 3x5, just long enough and just wide enough to fit a single bed, a desk, a commode and a set of lockers (everything from this set except the lockers.

Regarding resetting, I don't need to. I don't customize the rooms with anything that the sims in them won't take with them when they move into off-campus housing for sophomore year. I have to move in the next freshman class as the old one is moving out, more or less, so the change over is pretty cute - it reminds me of my real uni experience moving my things out just before a new class moved in. But that's how I keep organized around which sims are in freshman year and which are in the other years. No one can stay in the first year halls who is not in their first year. If they get held back they still have to move since you can only stay two semesters.

I also make all of my dormies playable in batches using Christianlov's transporter mirror (don't use Inge's teleporter cat - it doesn't work on dormies for some reason.)

Because I control the entire dorm's residents (with the exception of the dorm cook) I'm able to tell who's in what year with just a few notes and keep fresh faces coming in from the neighbourhood all the time. To avoid making too many new sims each year, I only open the number of freshman dorms I need based on how many playables I have to send from the main hood, but I typically have five at my disposal on campus.

The greek houses are great fun to play since they throw the best parties on campus, and new freshmen hanging out around downtown or on campus can meet greeks, join up and make new friends. Friends are important since I move sims out with those they know best, and they're allowed to live with anyone they're friends with (though I usually don't allow couples to live together since that inevitably results in pregnancy.)
Instructor
#10 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 7:10 PM
Even in houses the annoying ones show up. I use VC to ban all uni NPCs.
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#11 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 8:16 PM
When I first started playing the Uni subhoods, I got confused by the non-resetting of the dorms as well. Especially since I think it even has a popup that says you have to save to reset the dorm when the last playable leaves? The thing I didn't like was that if a sim threw a graduation party, then the mess got left behind to be cleaned up by someone else unless I went in build/buy to take care of it. The upside was that I could gradually improve/change the dorm or leave behind some bits of history for the dorm, such as paintings students did or books that they wrote.

I've never managed to keep a hood long enough to go through more than about two or three generations of students and I tended to spread them all out to the different dorms. So the only glitch I ever really experienced was the one where bills stopped coming. I don't think I noticed any lagging, but I might not have used any one dorm enough to get to that point it normally happens for you.

At this point, I mostly play Uni in the main hood. I've had a lot of students remain living at home while they attended classes. I have used Lion's Gold Record to make dorms, but sometimes I don't bother to build one unless I have enough students to really justify it. There's one in my current hood, with a second scheduled to be finished before the next turn for the dorm students. Whether those dorms will have glitches is not something I'll know until I've played them more, I think.
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#12 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 9:29 PM
@terula8

At one point I downloaded and used Brainania (Mootilda's University) - and I was very surprised to see that she had rooms for for couples, if I remember correctly - and the dorm room simply had two of those Myne Doors instead of one - so there is away around just 1 sim in a room too!
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#13 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 10:09 PM
The first thing I do is sell the arcade game. It's one of those objects that all of the Sims are drawn to, and the noises got annoying quickly.
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#14 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 10:33 PM
I like to play with the default dorms. I like to keep it simple and the Maxis dorms have enough of what's needed. I will have popularity sims move to a frat or sorority their sophomore year. I don't reset the dorms typically mostly since I never thought to do that until this thread! I've not had a problem not resetting them, but I guess it naturally happens if I don't have a new batch of college sims when some have graduated, which happens occasionally.

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#15 Old 11th Sep 2019 at 11:42 PM
Oooh all this thread is making.mr consider different options.

Perhaps I will make a dorm for students in 3rd and 4th year, and have the other 4 be for new students.

I have 3 Greek Houses - Tri Var and Annya Annya Nagard for the girls and Oresha Cham for the boys.
I also have some of my Sims rent, depending on personalities. Couples will often rent a house and if they get pregnant, that's okay too
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#16 Old 12th Sep 2019 at 4:17 AM
@Neverwinter_Knight77 I also get rid of those annoying arcade games, they get pinball instead.

I guess my dorms seem to be much glitchier than others especially when you get to say generation 3. I love playing Uni in general but the things I like most about it like dating and parties are more of a pain in a dorm. I only use small dorms with the largest being 8 rooms and I keep them pretty basic as far as furnishings go. I do keep couples separate in fact I separate by gender preference. It makes it too easy to have couples living together or sims that are even attracted to each other for that matter. They should have to make some effort to date after all.
Professors are the only NPC's I ban completely until I eventually ban the streaker as well cause it just gets old. The mascots I find amusing.
At the very least my resetting the dorms with an exact copy every generation means the bathrooms will be clean for the new students that move in.
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#17 Old 13th Sep 2019 at 9:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Justpetro
@terula8

At one point I downloaded and used Brainania (Mootilda's University) - and I was very surprised to see that she had rooms for for couples, if I remember correctly - and the dorm room simply had two of those Myne Doors instead of one - so there is away around just 1 sim in a room too!


Interesting!! That's good info Justpetro! Thanks!

I always secretly want to have the traditional two-person rooms like the one I lived in :3 I just figured that the dorm doors worked the same as the apt. ones (one door per room per lot etc.)

Good to know there's some flexibility!
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#18 Old 13th Sep 2019 at 9:27 PM
I play with the Uni test record, but I still use dorms.

I have some bill glitches (mostly being way too high) so I just ban the mail carrier with the Visitor Controller. Freshmen students are required to pay 500 simoleans for the dorms. After Freshman year, only 1 student is allowed to stay in the dorms. They're the RA, and they don't pay any dorm fees. (They keep the dorm clean and teleport in the new freshmen.)

The dorm itself has very limited skilling and studying items, so students have to go out to community lots if they want to get decent grades.

Dormies are usually made from teen townies and NPC's. They're not forced out of the dorm unless they join a fraternity or sorority, but when the playable who went to Uni at the same time they did graduates, the dormie gets made playable, grown up, then turned into either a townie or a downtownie. I generally have very small dorms to limit the number of dormies required.
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#19 Old 13th Sep 2019 at 11:37 PM
Stupid question, sorry, but I haven't played with Uni in a while and this is making me want to start again!

I don't create my own townies/downtownies/dormies (partially because I'm lazy and partially because I like the surprise), but I'd like my dorms to be separated male and female. Is there a controller or something I can place in the lot to determine the gender of who moves in?
#20 Old 13th Sep 2019 at 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by pinkdynamite
Stupid question, sorry, but I haven't played with Uni in a while and this is making me want to start again!

I don't create my own townies/downtownies/dormies (partially because I'm lazy and partially because I like the surprise), but I'd like my dorms to be separated male and female. Is there a controller or something I can place in the lot to determine the gender of who moves in?


Visitor Controller? You can sort by gender on that.

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#21 Old 14th Sep 2019 at 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by didyouevenmakeasound
Visitor Controller? You can sort by gender on that.


Will that affect visitors as well though? Or would I use it to set the gender while the dormies are moving in and then shut it off afterwards? Sorry, I've never used it before.
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#22 Old 14th Sep 2019 at 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by pinkdynamite
I don't create my own townies/downtownies/dormies (partially because I'm lazy and partially because I like the surprise), but I'd like my dorms to be separated male and female. Is there a controller or something I can place in the lot to determine the gender of who moves in?


TwoJeffs' Dormie Gender Controller, found at http://www.simbology.com/smf/index.php?topic=7.0 and elsewhere. If you are also using NoDormieRegen, put a Z in front of the Gender Controller, ie: zDormie Gender Controller.package. That will make it load later and it should still work.
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#23 Old 14th Sep 2019 at 1:11 AM
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Originally Posted by pinkdynamite
Will that affect visitors as well though? Or would I use it to set the gender while the dormies are moving in and then shut it off afterwards? Sorry, I've never used it before.


Yes, that's why it's called the Visitor Controller, it controls visitors. If you ban females no females will show up, if you ban males, no males will show up-ever. So yes you could set it at move-in then unban them later.

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#24 Old 14th Sep 2019 at 5:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Sims2Maven
TwoJeffs' Dormie Gender Controller, found at http://www.simbology.com/smf/index.php?topic=7.0 and elsewhere. If you are also using NoDormieRegen, put a Z in front of the Gender Controller, ie: zDormie Gender Controller.package. That will make it load later and it should still work.

Thank you, that's super helpful!

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Originally Posted by joandsarah77
Yes, that's why it's called the Visitor Controller, it controls visitors. If you ban females no females will show up, if you ban males, no males will show up-ever. So yes you could set it at move-in then unban them later.

Sorry, didn't mean to sound stupid. I've just never used it before so I wanted to make sure I wasn't going to mess anything up.
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#25 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 12:39 AM
Don't worry about setting it wrong, just change it, if it is. The way it reads is confusing, it's set opposite to what it says. If it says Allow males that means males are banned and if you want to allow them you click allow males and it changes to banned. The VS only controls visitors not sims living on the lot.

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