Hospitals are now old news. University campuses are now in fashion at Two Point County. The release of Two Point Campus is finally here, offering a different kind of challenge to players. Instead of treating patients, you now have the pressure of helping students graduate over a three year period. Building a successful campus requires many well-run facilities, successful and happy students, skilled staff and more.
The management simulation sequel has new and improved features to get to grips with. It can take time to realise how important some of these can be to achieving long-term success. This guide will help you to understand more about them and provide other tips to make your experience less stressful. Here are 10 beginners tips for Two Point Campus.
Build Essential Rooms when Starting New Campus
Outside of the tutorial level, Two Point Campus will only instruct players to build course-related rooms when beginning at a new university. This can result in starting the academic year without, for example, a bathroom and dormitory already in place. Panic commences. Therefore, it’s highly recommended that you create rooms that you view as essential before going any further. Students want to arrive at university and see that everything they need is already there for them.
It’s important to keep an eye on your limited funds as you’re setting up your facilities. Income takes a while to roll in, especially as the first year’s student intake is typically 10. Keep your rooms small as they won’t be accommodating many people for the time being. Don’t focus too much on room prestige level either, as 2 or 3 is good enough until you’re taking in big money. Careful planning is crucial in this game in order to see instant success and stable finances.
Use Space Wisely
Advising to keep rooms small when starting at a new campus is an example of using space wisely. This is a useful Two Point Campus tip by itself. As you progress through the game, more courses and rooms become available. While property space may increase with constructing extra plots also an option, even the biggest areas can fill up quickly. Figuring out how big facilities need to be to ensure your campus runs smoothly can be challenging.
Certain rooms simply do not need to take up much space at all. 3 X 3 bathrooms are just fine, as they can hold three toilets. Private tuition should be no more than a small office. Staff lounges can also be small as employees tend to enjoy walking around the campus on their breaks. For dormitories, I recommend making them short in length but wide enough to hold 3 beds and 2 wardrobes. 1 bed accommodates 5 students. Your biggest rooms should be course classes, not the research lab, as they can require very large equipment.
Hire Many Assistants
Having the right amount of staff on hand is a crucial tip to success in Two Point Campus. Hiring too few will disrupt students’ studies, while too many will result in some unhappy, bored workers. There is one role, though, which requires many employees. Assistants are more prominent compared to Two Point Hospital where they mainly just had to sit behind a reception desk. Nowadays, their presence makes sure that various important areas are being run successfully.
Assistants arguably have the most duties out of any other employee type in this game. They are in charge of libraries and medical offices. Entertainment wise, they run the bar in student unions and encourage people to sign up for clubs. Another duty is running exterior food and drink kiosks, which are helpful for students walking from building to building. You should always hire a new assistant for each club stand and kiosk you place down. You can never have too many.
Check Up on Students
You may think that after giving students the right facilities to succeed, that you no longer have to worry about them. This is certainly not the case, which is why checking up on them is one of the best Two Point Campus tips. Not every pupil will achieve As and Bs. Some will struggle at a D, and that’s definitely a sight to be concerned about in April. Low grades will have a negative effect on your campus’ reputation. The results can potentially include lowering your student intake which, in turn, causes funds to decline.
Regularly checking up on all students through the menu is a must-do. You can identify who is slacking or unhappy. The latter should be solved through placing items that will increase low needs such as hygiene, but the former requires some extra tuition. It may be easy to write this room off as unnecessary, however it is very much needed. Sending a student to private tuition will help them achieve higher grades depending on the quality of teacher they speak to.
Train Staff Regularly
As you progress through the early levels, you’ll be introduced to training. You can train any member of staff to either improve at an existing skill or gain a new one. Using the training lab can be costly and take some time, but it’s recommended to try and have a session ongoing at all times. The better your staff, the more successful the campus will be. A level 8 Robotics teacher, for example, will have more A grade graduates than a level 2.
It’s okay to have one very talented teacher who wins employee of the year constantly. Other teachers, though, shouldn’t be too far behind them. A student being taught by workers with varying levels of skill may suffer from turbulent grades. You can get away with this when it comes to janitors, although upgrading their movement speed would be good. Everyone else, though, should be provided regular training to help your campus possess the best staff available.
Upgrade Rooms Often
A similar Two Point Campus tip is to upgrade rooms alongside staff. Through the research lab, players can unlock upgrades for mandatory course equipment that will benefit the performances of students and teachers. These enhancements are carried out by janitors if they have the skill to do so. Again, try to make sure that each equipment is at a similar upgrade level if you have multiple rooms for one course. People won’t want to feel like they’re in the ‘bad room’.
To enhance all facilities, you need to increase their prestige. This is something to consider doing once your campus is steadily making money. Students will even sometimes request for a shower room or student lounge to be better in quality. A cheap, easy way to do this is to just place posters. They don’t take up valuable floor space and add a lot to the prestige meter. Sally Darling disliked her dormitory, but now loves it after you just put up a poster of cartoon chemicals.
Use Visualisation Feature
Is there such a thing as a perfect campus? Quite possibly, but achieving that takes a lot of time and work. Usually, there’s always room for improvement. The Visualisation feature immediately identifies areas that can be improved. For example, you can see your campus attractiveness through colour coding. Green is positive, while grey means that you’ve given students some ugly surroundings. If you have the feature activated when placing decorations, you’ll be able to see how much of the area an object affects. The most visually appealing items will add a lot of green.
Visualisation can also be used when executing Two Point Campus tips that I’ve already discussed, such as checking on students. In the tab, you can view the happiness of them and your staff. Those who are neither happy nor upset will be highlighted in yellow so you’ll know who to keep an eye on. The game also allows you to go further by seeing the state of each individual need. If you see a lot of red when selecting food, then more resources are required such as vending machines. For those moments of uncertainty, this feature will be your best friend.
Hold Plenty of Student Events
If you’ve been to university, you may agree that social activities are one of the best parts of the experience. In Two Point Campus, they are crucial to keeping up the morale of your students. In the student lounge and union rooms, you can host parties and events featuring special NPC guests (who doesn’t love a bit of DJ Sue Chef?). They can cost a fair amount of money but come with perks that will benefit your campus. These include boosts to everyone’s happiness and movement speed, so it’s worth holding events regularly.
Not all events in the game are social. There are some competitions that you can hold which pit your university against others and professionals. A jousting contest, for example, can have your best Knight School students challenging the top teacher in Two Point County. These are less pricey to hold than parties, but take up more of the timetable. Rewards include your money back and more as well as some nice Kudosh currency.
Give Clubs Attention
Club societies are a way of ‘upgrading’ students on your campus. There are many different clubs available, which unlock as you progress through the world, dedicated to many hobbies. They include sleeping, reading and running. Each society is kicked off with a stand that students will sign up for. It’s up to them to then decide how committed they are, although they need your help. You can place items related to a club, such as a giant hamster wheel for running, which will allow those members to increase in levels.
Every society comes with perks that will improve its members’ performances. The book club, for example, will increase learning ability which is very helpful. As a student’s club level grows, so will their boost. This is why I highly recommend starting a book society at every campus you go to. Not only will student grades be higher at graduation, but the overall morale will improve. This feature can be easy to forget about, so be sure not to for the sake of your reputation!
Take a Break Between Years
At the end of a long, potentially stressful 365 days, the game will give you the option of upgrading or adding courses. You may also have some campus requirements to meet before kicking off the new academic year. This last Two Point Campus tip, though, is advising you to not jump straight in and instead evaluate your environment. Were there any rooms that regularly got too busy? If so, build a new one. Don’t like the layout of a dormitory? Now’s the time to sort it out without any disruptions.
Not only is taking a break beneficial for yourself, but it can also benefit pupils and staff who may be lacking in some of their needs. With summer break meaning no jobs or assignments to worry about, everyone can focus on taking care of themselves. They will then be likely to start the year off strongly and do very well in their performances. The new students could even benefit from being surrounded by positive energy. You may be eager to always be on the go to get your campus those prestigious 3 stars, but taking breaks in-between years will get you them quicker.
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