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University of Santo Tomas

Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
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arch of the centuries

pretty historic area. we were passing by when we saw the arch and decided to stop and have a look... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Greater Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
My alma mater!

One of the oldest universities in the Philippines and probably in Asia and in the world.Always... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cynthia L
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This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic universities based on enrollment.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“main building” (41 reviews)
“alma mater” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

pretty historic area. we were passing by when we saw the arch and decided to stop and have a look at whole university. well worth visit if in area

Thank JohnG3121
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the oldest universities in the Philippines and probably in Asia and in the world.Always comes back here from time to time :)

Thank Cynthia L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first time I went here I really fell in love. Now that I'm a student here the beauty of the Oldest University in Asia never gets old especially during Paskuhan.

Thank 22Michael98
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I believe its the oldest university in Asia. You can go in as a visitor and walk around their little museum area which is quite cute. the university itself is beautiful. If you go during classes you will see students from different faculties wear different...More

Thank carla g
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of course most universities in the Philippines look and feel impoverished and rundown looking, but UST is one of the better universities in the country, although behind the likes of Atenao, UP and La Salle. But it is one spot to come to get out...More

Thank danerobb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A Pontifical University known for College of Arts, Medicine, Architecture and Fine Arts. In the same compound is a Private Hospital, a Church and a Historic Main Buiding.

Thank efrenr916
Reviewed 14 December 2017

The Catholic university has a number of UNESCO heritage sites, and a wonderful museum filled with memorabilia and paintings. The main building is well wirth a visit for the murals and the main staircase - examples of Spanish architecture.

Thank Leonine949
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Our guide wanted us to see the oldest existing university in Asia and the the largest Catholic university in the world situated on a single campus. Interestingly, during World War II, the university was turned into an internment camp by the Japanese. While we did...More

Thank ITRT
Reviewed 27 July 2017

I come here always as witness to the students in this grand old University famous and one of the top universities in Manila. I used to work in the canteen close to the school and there, students and staff and professors came to pass our...More

Thank scraffyaal
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is a very old Catholic University. It's main hall was used by the Japanese to house American and Filipino prisoners. It is interesting to see the students and see a different university experience

1  Thank Semsensei
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Ralph V
11 November 2016|
Response from Wobeenskeedoo | Reviewed this property |
i dont think they are open but you can enter but need to secure a permit from the Office of Public Relations, so best if you go during class days.
24 September 2016|
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Response from Joni C | Reviewed this property |
for a regular taxi that normally drop off passenger to the airport terminal is P250 for a yellow taxi that cue the line in the arrival area is P500
George E
7 June 2016|
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Response from Joni C | Reviewed this property |
yes you can just walk in in the ground area during school hours 6- am to 9 pm. but in the case of entering any building, you will be greeted by the guards and they will ask for your identification and purpose.