University adds a simple instrument system as well, accompanying the new Guitar, Drum Kit and Bass objects. Multiple Sims can play together, like a band. Sims can make money by playing at their homes or at community lots such as music clubs or coffee shops. The Sims can play three different types of musical styles with these instruments and once one Sim begins playing one of the styles, the others who pick up instruments to play join into the same style. Hear a university band playing "Rock" in unison. Although Sims cannot have actual vocalists, the new action "Freestyle" or "Freestyle For Tips" will allow another Sim to rap along, in Simlish, to the instruments being played or in a Capella to annoy or entertain the Sim and other Sims.
Students also have a variety of new objects centered around college life (including a fruit juice keg (obviously meant to represent a beer keg), togas, and ramen noodles). University adds new elements to The Sims 2 to facilitate college educating Sims. The Young Adult stage exists between Teen and Adult life stages. Only Sims at college become Young Adults, and any Sims who do not attend college make the transition directly to adults. The new college towns are linked to a specific neighborhood and preserve the same separation home neighborhoods do. University comes with three pre-packaged college towns: Sim State University, La Fiesta Tech, and Académie Le Tour. There are three types of residential lots in College towns: dorms, private housing, and Greek Houses. Also, if your Sim knows the right people, they may be added to a Secret Society. Sims often live in communal dorms, where computer-created Sims fill in the house vacancies. A Sim with enough scholarship money may start out in a private house. Greek Houses function the same as a dormitory, but have increased Relationship and Motive benefits. The premade neighborhoods generally include recreation centers, libraries, and other student centers.