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nona - 10x15 3-unit apartment building (no cc/store content)

by farfalle Posted 24th Mar 2013 at 2:25 PM
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lot size: 10x15
price: $23.697 f / $15.350 uf
cost to rent: $236
Note: Requires University Life. uni's yet to be added to the expansion pack selection; i'll update this when it is.

a set of tiny (tiny!) studio apartments for the sim who wants an authentically cramped college experience. i built these as an experiment to see how the game's new roommate and permission-setting mechanics operate in multi-family dwellings (summary: better than i'd feared, worse than i'd hoped), and none of the super-cheap university "starters" could handle more than one or two roommates. enter nona: habitable by up to 6 sims, and cheap enough for any freshly-minted young adult to afford on their first semester.

each unit comes with the basics, plus:

- computer
- mirror
- bookshelf
- dresser

the kitchenette has no stove, but does come with a microwave and mini-fridge, encouraging the traditional college diet of ramen, frozen gas station burritos, tv dinners, and misery. note that mini-fridges do not function like normal refrigerators and therefore won't store ingredients, leftovers, or allow for real cooking (even if it's a recipe that doesn't require a stove).

notes about the lot's playability!:

- bless the devs for finally (after what, nine years of needing this feature?) adding individual permissions for doors. this is literally the only thing that makes it possible to live with roommates in a true apartment-style multi-family dwelling. this function is located under the "lock" menu that pops up when you click on a door. utilize it to its fullest or else you will hate your whole entire life.

- these are tiny apartments! everything is crammed together for maximum space-efficiency, but it means that there will be some complaints occasionally about routing. if you notice your sims throwing too many stomp-fits re: dining table/chairs, try removing the decorative fold between the kitchen area and the sleeping area. it's there for "realism" (sims don't care about privacy unless they're pooping, apparently) but it will occasionally block the path if a sim is sitting at the table.

- if you decide to go with the maximum amount of sims this lot can support and get a large number of roommates (say, 5), move-in day will be an absolute mess. don't worry about it--just set your locked door permissions and let jesus take the wheel. it takes about a day for them to figure out where they're supposed to go.

- due to tremendously, hilariously bad pathing, sims will occasionally attempt to use items located behind a locked door in another unit (even if there's a suitable object not in use in THEIR OWN unit). don't be alarmed when they throw a fit; all furniture was tested and is workable, so it's nothing wrong with object placement. sims are just DUMB AS HELL. usually after a single tantrum, they'll relent and go use the object in their own unit.

- if you have seasons, the leaves from the tree aren't rakeable; there's not enough room on the lot to get them into a pile. if it really bothers you, you'll have to delete the tree.

- this isn't just a college house; you can place this lot in your regular neighborhood and still activate roommate services. it works pretty well as a boarding house for sims straight out of college who don't have families yet. if you need larger units, there's room to expand upward, and the layout is functional enough that it shouldn't require any structural rearranging. spiral stairs will help.



Lot Size: 1x2
Lot Price: 23,697

Number of bedrooms: Studio
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 1.50
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
nona.zip

Size: 1.31 MB · Downloads: 5,882 · 24th Mar 2013
1.31 MB 5,882 24th Mar 2013
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1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

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Mad Poster
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#2 Old 24th Mar 2013 at 2:48 PM
I love it, this is so cute and practical. Only thing is my sims need room for that dumb frisbee. Sigh. I would put it on a 20x15 lot so they can throw that thing to their delight.

Thank you for a very well built, lovely designed apartment.
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#3 Old 24th Mar 2013 at 9:11 PM
Ahh so lovely and realistic. Thank you so much!
Instructor
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#4 Old 24th Mar 2013 at 10:04 PM
I'm amazed you got so many apartments into such a small space! Thanks for creating this!
Field Researcher
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#5 Old 24th Mar 2013 at 11:17 PM
What an achievement! Nicely designed and executed. Many thanks for sharing!
Test Subject
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#6 Old 25th Mar 2013 at 7:41 PM
A very well delevoped design and I have no doubts about it.
Test Subject
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#7 Old 26th Mar 2013 at 4:02 PM
very well done. if it's one thing that's hard to build, it's tiny living quarters that work.
Test Subject
#8 Old 26th Mar 2013 at 6:39 PM
heya, just wondering is it possible to add this to the university dorms orr add it on to the buildings as part of it?????????
because i thought "hey, i really like that and it would be perfect as part of one of the university dorms" if you can i will love it!!!!!
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#9 Old 26th Mar 2013 at 7:04 PM
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Originally Posted by sims3seasons9
heya, just wondering is it possible to add this to the university dorms orr add it on to the buildings as part of it?????????
because i thought "hey, i really like that and it would be perfect as part of one of the university dorms" if you can i will love it!!!!!


yep! dorms count as community lots--all you have to do is click on the lot in neighborhood view, click "change lot type", select "community", then pick "dormitory" from the dropdown menu.
Blenderized to Pieces
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#10 Old 26th Mar 2013 at 11:44 PM
WoW! Talk about compact!

It that Bathroom playable without sims stomping to complain about it? It doesn't seem like there is enough room for them to get in front of the sink. I guess I'll find out when I play it!
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#11 Old 27th Mar 2013 at 1:17 AM
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Originally Posted by porkypine
WoW! Talk about compact!

It that Bathroom playable without sims stomping to complain about it? It doesn't seem like there is enough room for them to get in front of the sink. I guess I'll find out when I play it!


it is definitely playable! sims will access the toilet, sink, and mirror, all without complaints unless they're having a knifefight with their roommate over who gets to use the shower.
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#12 Old 27th Mar 2013 at 3:47 PM
update: played in-game at university and it works beautifully. love it!
Lab Assistant
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#13 Old 28th Mar 2013 at 2:37 AM
It's really cute, just perfect for a college sim. :D
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#14 Old 28th Mar 2013 at 9:23 PM
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Originally Posted by farfalle
yep! dorms count as community lots--all you have to do is click on the lot in neighborhood view, click "change lot type", select "community", then pick "dormitory" from the dropdown menu.
thank you so much, i haven't actually got sims 3 university life yet but im 1 day away currently from it arriving at my home so looking forward to it, as soon as i get it im going to download this lot and place it as a part of a dorm, but for now
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#15 Old 2nd Apr 2013 at 12:27 AM
"....Don't worry about it--just set your locked door permissions and let jesus take the wheel." LOVE! TY
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#16 Old 1st Jun 2013 at 10:20 PM
Adorable! Thanks a bunch!
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#17 Old 22nd Jul 2013 at 11:35 PM
I have been using this exact lot, and variations to my own needs, since almost the day you posted it. It is such a useful lot to have that it's now just part of my whole "Edit Town before I start" routine.

Thanks for this!!!!!
Alchemist
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#18 Old 17th Oct 2013 at 5:22 PM
This is sooo cool!
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#19 Old 14th Nov 2013 at 7:08 AM
As Trin303 said, great work with how tiny these rooms are
I always find it funny how we can be so happy with our sims misery!
Guest
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#20 Old 8th Mar 2014 at 10:18 PM
I love it.
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#21 Old 4th Oct 2014 at 5:33 PM
Great build, thanks.
Lab Assistant
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#22 Old 20th Apr 2017 at 11:51 PM
Thanks!