Apartments were added to the Sims 4 with the introduction of The Sims 4: City Living and I feel like they are one of the best additions to the game thus far. Apartments allow your sims to spend a bit less money up-front so they can really follow their virtual dreams and can be an awesome option for a starter home.
In this guide we’re going to talk all things apartments, from their overall cost, to lot traits that may make your stay a little less lovely, to building in apartments, and more!
Cost of Apartments
Okay, let’s dig a little deeper into the cost of apartments. First off, you’re going to need to pay a weekly rent which gets more expensive as you choose a nicer apartment. Some apartments will have cheap rent ($400) but there will be more issues with the apartments than a more expensive place to live.
Next, you must pay a deposit for the apartment itself, these are usually not horribly expensive but can be a few thousand dollars. And finally, you can either move into a furnished home or an empty home, but you’ll need to pay extra for the furnishings.
Apartment Lot Traits
With the creation of The Sims 4: City Living, the game introduced lot traits and there are some traits that are specific to apartments in San Myshuno and cannot be added to a regular home.
Here’s a list of all the apartment lot traits that you can choose for your new apartment:
- Serviced Apartment: This is one of my favourite lot traits for apartments because it means that a maid will come to clean your home every weekday and you won’t have to pay for it.
- Romantic Fireplace: An apartment with a romantic fireplace will give off a flirty moodlet if your sim is hanging out around it.
- Needs TLC: These apartments are going to be a little worse to live in. There will be things like cockroaches, rats, and broken power boxes and pipes that pop up often.
- Lively Neighbours: An apartment with lively neighbours will be extremely noisy and your sim will be frequently woken up by the noises that their neighbours are making while they party.
- Historical: These apartments will have a nice plaque on the wall that can’t be removed no matter what, and if your sim takes some time to look at the plaque they can get an inspired moodlet.
- Quiet: These apartments are nice to live in because your neighbours won’t be as noisy and will wake up your sims way less often than in other buildings.
- Great View: This lot trait isn’t entirely helpful, but it can give you a nice positive moodlet if your sim looks out the window.
Build Mode in Apartments
One of the biggest downfalls to apartments in The Sims 4: City Living is that you can’t change the size of the actual apartment, as you don’t own the building, just like in real life!
You are forced to work with what you have, which also means you can’t move the front door or any of the windows. This can make building in an apartment kind of complicated since you can’t truly make it exactly what you want, but sometimes it can add interesting challenges!
You also cannot decorate the hallways, or exterior of any apartment building which really makes it feel like a real apartment since that’s how it would be in real life!
An interesting part about apartment living in the sims 4 is that your neighbours are pretty much always around. They’ll knock on your door, they’ll hangout in the hallway and check their mail frequently, and they will be noisy if you’re in the wrong apartment building.
They sometimes come over and ask if they can eat your food, or they’ll just see if you want to hangout whenever they’re bored. Apartments in the sims 4 is definitely all about a community and dealing with other sims (even if you don’t want to).
If your sim’s neighbours are being extra annoying (i.e., making noise, fighting, or even woohooing a bit too loud) you can knock on their door and ask them to stop and keep it down. Sometimes your neighbours will be nice about it, sometimes they’ll get a little sassy and tell you to essentially get a life.
When your sim first moves into an apartment in The Sims 4: City Living you’ll see that you automatically know your new landlord which can be a nice, since sometimes you’ll need their help fixing things.
If something in your apartment breaks you can call your landlord and get them to come fix it, however, they’ll only come if they like you. If you have a bad relationship with your landlord or you fail to pay your rent, you’ll have a hard time getting your landlord upstairs.
I have noticed that landlords are kind of useless in fixing things sometimes, and I hope that a patch will fix that soon. I had an apartment with rats, cockroaches, and a broken pipe and my landlord just came and played on my computer, so like cool?
If you’re going to move your sim family into a beautiful apartment in San Myshuno, be sure to check out the gorgeous views from the windows. It really gives you that beautiful city feel.
Enjoy all the time spent with your loud neighbours, or beautiful rats and cockroaches that may infest your new apartment, it’ll be worth it. Do you love the apartments in the sims 4? Let me know how you feel in the comments!