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The Sims 4: City Living
The Sims 4: City Living
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The Sims 4: City Living
Take your Sims to the city and explore everything it has to offer, from bustling action outside your door, to unique situations that come only with apartment living.
Developer(s) Maxis, The Sims Studio
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series The Sims
Release date(s) November 1, 2016 (North America)[1]

November 3, 2016 (Europe, Australia)
November 17, 2017 (console)

Technical information
Platform(s) Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Mode(s) Single-player
Media DVD or Digital (PC), Digital-only (Mac, PS4, XB1)
Game features
Genres Life simulation
Themes Apartments, City, Nightlife
Worlds San Myshuno[2]
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The Sims 4: City Living is the third expansion pack for The Sims 4. It introduces apartments and penthouses as well as city festivals, in the new city world of San Myshuno. It is a spiritual successor to The Sims 2: Apartment Life and The Sims 3: Late Night, with some elements from The Sims 2: Nightlife, The Sims 3: World Adventures, The Sims 3: Showtime, and The Sims 3: Seasons.

The Sims 4: City Living was officially announced on September 12, 2016.[3] It was released in North America on November 1, 2016[1], and in Europe on November 3, 2016. The console version was released on November 17, 2017.

Official description[]

Take Your Sims to the City. Do your Sims long to leave the suburbs behind? Fulfill their dreams in the diverse city of San Myshuno, where they can discover exciting neighborhoods, move into a new apartment, check out fun festivals and more. In The Sims™ 4 City Living your Sims can experience the joys and challenges of sharing close quarters with other Sims. Work your way up from a starter unit to a penthouse as your Sims launch new Metropolitan careers!

Explore the bustling city of San Myshuno – This densely populated city has enough unique neighborhoods to give your Sims plenty to explore. Get creative in the Arts Quarter or sing your heart out at the Karaoke Bar in the Fashion District. Head over to the Spice Market to shoot some hoops, or invite a few friends over to play video games after a long day at the office in Uptown.

Discover lively cultural festivals – Festivals are great opportunities to enrich your Sims. Let them watch street performers, enter competitions and meet a wide variety of folks from every walk of life. Check out the Curry Challenge at the Spice Festival or light fireworks with a hot date at the Romance Festival.

Live in apartments and get closer with your neighbors – Lots of new neighbors mean all kinds of opportunities for relationships, both good and bad. Your Sims might make a new best friend or fall in love, then debate giving them a key to their place. And what about those noisy neighbors and their late night dance parties? You'll need to decide how to handle them - if you can't beat them, maybe you should join them.

Work your way up from starter apartment to penthouse – Choosing the right apartment for your Sims can be a challenge. You'll need to balance the charm of your first starter unit with possible setbacks, like cockroaches, leaky pipes or electrical problems. Help your Sims work their way up to living in a Skyscraper Penthouse, with panoramic views and even a Talking Toilet!

Embark on new, metropolitan careers – There are all kinds of new opportunities in the city so make sure your Sims take advantage of them. As a Politician, your Sims can make dramatic speeches while fighting for a good cause. Maybe they'd prefer a more refined career as a Food or Art Critic. Or they could inspire the masses working in Social Media.

New features[]

World and neighborhoods[]

Main article: San Myshuno

The Sims 4: City Living features a new city world named San Myshuno. It is heavily based on a variety of modern cities from around the world like Tokyo, San Francisco, and New York City, and also features elements of Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Moroccan culture throughout the city. San Myshuno is divided into four neighborhoodsSpice Market, Arts Quarter, Fashion District, and Uptown. San Myshuno has a total of 18 lots with 21 apartment units.



Apartment buildings in the Arts Quarter.

Main article: Apartment

A total of 21 apartment units are available in San Myshuno. Multiple apartments can exist in the same building, along with multiple families and households. Apartment interiors can be heavily modified, but exteriors are not editable.

Apartments offer new gameplay compared to normal residential lots, such as landlords, paying rent, various types of pests, and close-quarter neighbors. Sims in an apartment complex can knock on the door to yell about noise, they can enter another apartment within the complex albeit through a loading screen, and then see the other apartment and chat with their neighbor. Sims can give trusted Sims the key to their apartment, allowing those Sims to walk into the household apartment anytime they like.

Apartments in San Myshuno also have pre-selected lot traits in them, that can be modified by the player. However, some apartments have special locked traits that can't be removed. This is because some shells have objects (or pests) in them that require these specific traits.

Apartment buildings cannot be added to San Myshuno, and apartments are only available in San Myshuno and Evergreen Harbour.



Two Sims chatting on a penthouse.

Main article: Penthouse

A total of three penthouses are found in San Myshuno. They are placed on top of decorative buildings that do not have any limitations beyond their lot size, so they can be demolished and rebuilt, much like other buildings on a normal lot. Sims in penthouses can't have neighbors as only one household can live in them, making penthouses very private. However, other Sims can visit penthouses by using the elevator.

Living on a penthouse lot is not very different from living on a normal lot, but, to make the penthouse work, the player needs to add an elevator, a recycle bin, and a mailbox. A community lot penthouse also needs an elevator so that Sims can travel up and down the building. Other Sims will visit these lots the same way they visit normal community lots in other worlds.

Penthouses are not available in other worlds and are only found in San Myshuno.



Sims attending a festival.

Main article: Festival

In City Living Sims can now attend different festivals. There are five festivals: Geekcon, Humor and Hijinks Festival, Romance Festival, Spice Festival, and Flea Market which take place around the different districts of San Myshuno for a two-week cycle.

In apartment buildings, there is a bulletin board, where Sims can read about the festival to see when the next festival is going to take place and what activities, competitions, and schedules this festival has to offer. Festivals can also be read about on dynamic signs located in different parts of San Myshuno.

When a festival is about to begin, an identifying jingle will play and a notification will appear letting to know that the festival is about to begin. This notification also can be used to teleport Sims to these festivals, if they are located in another neighborhood. Festival objects and activities will appear in the neighborhood where the festival is located in, and disappear when the festival has ended.


City Living introduces three new careers: Critic, Politician, and Social Media. Each career track has two career branches. These careers include interactive career assignments, where Sims in these careers have job tasks that take them to various locations around the world.

If a Sim works in one of these three careers, an hour before the Sim is going to work, an alarm notification will appear on the phone. There the player can choose to either "Go to Work", "Work from Home" or "Take the Day Off".

If the player chooses to work from home, the game will generate two randomized tasks for the Sim to complete, to gain a boost to their job performance that is added to the payment received when the day is over. If these tasks are not done by the Sim they were assigned to, the boss will be disappointed and job performance will be lost.

New additions[]

New Objects

New Lot Assignments

New Trait

These Sims get Tense around Flirty Sims and seldom get Flirty themselves. It's difficult for them to be Romantic in public.

New Lot Traits/Challenges

  • Chef's Kitchen
  • Quake Zone
  • Good Schools
  • Mean Vibe
  • Home Studio
  • Sunny Aspect
  • Cursed
  • Grody
  • Gremlins
  • Penny Pixies
  • Party Place
  • Filthy
  • Haunted
  • Romantic Aura
  • Great Soil
  • Child's Play
  • On Ley Line
  • Gnomes

New Radio Stations

  • Talk Radio
  • World

New Television Channels

  • Civic Public Access
  • PolitiSim
  • World Culture Network

New Skill

New Aspiration

  • City Native (Location) - This Sim is all about the city life.
    • Tourist - Introduce Self to Someone New in 3 Different City Neighborhoods · Give an Apartment Key to a Friend · Order 3 Times from Food Stalls
    • Inhabitant - Achieve level 4 singing skill · Light Fireworks at the Humor and Hijinks Festival · Use a Bubble Blower
    • City Expert - Donate to a Protester · Kiss Someone at the Romance Festival · Complete a Mural at the Arts Center
    • City Native - Live in an Apartment worth 100,000 Simoleons · Master the Singing Skill · Win a Contest at GeekCon
      • Reward trait: In the KnowSims who are In the Know can get a massive discount on market stall purchases if they Haggle with vendors.

New Careers

New Collectibles

New Type of Death

  • Death by Pufferfish

Other New Features

  • Sims can visit rabbit-hole venues
  • Street performing
  • Spices
  • Landlord and Vendor NPCs


  • This pack was priced at 39.99 USD and 29.99 GBP at launch, the same as the original pricing of an expansion pack for The Sims 3. Expansion pack prices for The Sims 4 are intended to be similar to prices for The Sims 3 expansion packs in most locations.
  • This is the last PC pack in the franchise to contain a disc with its physical release in some countries such as Australia, most likely due to newly made laptops being released without disc drives as a result of the increasing rise of people purchasing or viewing games, movies, TV series, and other entertainment media via streaming or online downloads. It is also the last pack sold at Australian retail department stores Big W, Target, and Kmart.
  • The vegetarian trait was originally included in City Living, but it was later added to the base game in patch 115.




  • All Tvvins - Thank You
  • Car Seat Headrest - Not What I Needed
  • Lucius - Something About You
  • Mating Ritual - Just Fire
  • The Soaks - Chur Nayavuya
  • The Strumbellas - We Don't Know
  • Tim Wheeler - Way I'm Feeling


  • Frida Sundemo - Dreamers
  • Imad Royal - Bad 4 U
  • Lizzo - Worship
  • Roy English - Wasted Youth
  • Tegan and Sara - Stop Desire


  • Kenichi Suzumura - SHIPS
  • Sayaka Sasaki - WASTELANDERS
  • Shuhei Kita - Kinzakura no Chigiri
  • ZAQ - Philosophy of Dear World


  • Alies Sluiter - Happy Traveller
  • Jody Jenkins - Grand Souks
  • Paul Mottram - Freygish Dance
  • Angel Lam - Life Sketches
  • Igor Dvorkin - Kalinka
  • O'Brien Browne - Dilruba
  • HughesKkoshi - Spirits Dance
  • Dvorkin Pittock - Ionika
  • Neil Williams - In The Wild


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