In Polygon’s The Last of Us “The University” collectibles guide, we’ll show you the location of the 9 artifacts, 5 Firefly pendants, 2 Training Manual, 1 comics, and 1 tool level upgrade.
“The University” has two sections: Go Big Horns and Science Building, but you won’t see those names as you’re playing the game. You can find, select, and begin playing at any section from the Chapters option on the main menu. We’ll explain where and when each part begins and ends at the top of each section below.
Go Big Horns
The chapter and this section begin as Joel and Ellie ride through the gates of the university, and ends when you reach the science building.
Free Radicals comic location
As soon as the chapter starts, turn around and ride back along the road. It’ll curve right and uphill. At the top, look for a white box truck crashed into an SUV near the dead end. The Free Radicals comic is on the hood of the SUV.
Sniper’s Nest Log artifact location
Head back to the gate and into the campus. Continue through the parking lots until you hit a low barricade. Turn right, and go into the open loading dock (where you’ll find a flamethrower, some supplies, and a workbench). Climb onto the ledge on your right as you enter, and turn right again to go through a door. Head up the stairs (there’s an empty room behind the door on the first landing) to the second floor. You’ll find the Sniper’s Nest Log on the balcony by some lawn chairs.
Hope Pino Firefly pendant location
Keep working your way into the campus until you hit an intersection. The way forward will be on your left. Instead, turn to the right. The Hope Pino Firefly pendant is hanging in the tree in the back right corner of this dead end. Use the bottles on your right to knock it down (or just shoot it).
Wall Panel Note artifact location
When you ride into the building on the left side of that intersection, you’ll eventually come to a gate (where you’ll hear some runners). Head over to the other gate on the righthand wall to find the Wall Panel Note.
Alex Rohner Firefly pendant location
A little farther into campus, you’ll climb a long flight of stairs with a barrier at the top. Before the barrier, look to the right. Climb up into the building there and the Alex Rohner Firefly pendant will be on a desk to your right.
Health: Sterilization Training Manual location
Over the barrier, you’ll come to a statue in the middle(?) of campus. Turn right at the statue, and head over to the building. Climb through the broken window and up the stairs. At the first landing, climb out onto the roof, and then back through another window on your left. The Health: Sterilization Training Manual and a bunch of supplies are in that room.
UEC Campus Map artifact location
On the other side of that statue-square, continue to a tunnel that’s blocked by a gate. Head through the door on the right side of that tunnel. The UEC Campus Map is on the reception desk inside.
Student’s Journal artifact location
Up on the second floor of that building (the dormitory, according to the sign out front), go into the first room on your left. Continue through the attached bathroom and into the next dorm room. The Student’s Journal is in a drawer under the bunk bed next to the door back to the main hallway. (You could go straight into the second dorm room, but you’d miss out on a bunch of supplies.)
Joe Warren Firefly pendant location
At the end of the hall, you’ll run into spores, and then drop through a hole in the floor. There are several clickers and one bloater in the area. The Joe Warren Firefly pendant is on the bloater (it’s standing by itself at the end of the hall to the right). We recommend Molotov cocktails or your new flamethrower to take it out.
Newspaper Clipping artifact location
After you’re done playing with the clickers, you’ll head back up to the second floor. At the top of the stairs, turn right, and then go into the first room on your right (room 209). The Newspaper Clipping is along the left side of the room.
Erik Griggs Firefly pendant location
After you get back outside and start the generator, you’ll finally reach the science building. Your path will lead you to the left across the front and past a bunch of tents (with supplies inside most of them). At the far side of this area, there are two tents by themselves (behind a white box truck). The Erik Griggs Firefly pendant is in the one on the right.
The Science Building section begins when you climb into said science building. It ends after you leave that building.
Molotov: Deployment Training Manual location and tools level 4 location
When you climb up into the science building, head all the way to the left to find a workbench, but don’t use it yet. Head through the door to the left of it, and loot your way through that lab. Head out the next door, and turn left (the door where all the wires are running will be right ahead of you). There’s a shiv door at the end of the hall on the right. The Molotov: Deployment Training Manual and tools level 4 are inside. (Now you can head back to that workbench.)
Office Recorder artifact location
Follow the wires on the floor out through that door we saw earlier and onto a balcony. Follow it around to a stairwell, and then head up a floor. At the top of the stairs, turn left and go through the door. Head into the first room on your left. The Office Recorder is directly ahead of you on the counter by the window (and a photo of a woman and her dog).
Fungal X-Rays artifact location
Make a loop of the floor to loot everything not nailed down, and then head back to where you started. To the right, there’s a hall with plastic sheeting (and an exit sign above it) and curtains. On the other side of that room, there’s a lab. The Fungal X-Rays are on a table by the window to the left.
Lab Recorder artifact location and Sadie Pearle Hickman Firefly Pendant location
Through the next door, after startling some monkeys, you’ll be in another large lab. The Lab Recorder is on a table along the right wall (about halfway back). The Sadie Pearle Hickman Firefly Pendant is on a shelf in the back right corner.
Firefly’s Recorder artifact location
After another lootable lab, you’ll push through another door. Joel will pick up and listen to the Firefly’s Recorder during a cutscene.