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Very interesting place!

I believe its the oldest university in Asia. You can go in as a visitor and walk around their... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
carla g
Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
1st and oldest University in Asia

A Pontifical University known for College of Arts, Medicine, Architecture and Fine Arts. In the... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
Taguig City, Philippines
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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank carla g
Reviewed 26 December 2017

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

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

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.

Date of experience: January 2017
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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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

Date of experience: November 2017
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

Date of experience: December 2016
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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Semsensei
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I always take the time to visit whenever I am in Manila. So many wonderful memories of my younger years.

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank Erasmo B
Reviewed 23 April 2017

I went with the desire to see the Filipino students and not only who teach in this oldest university center in Asia. I talked with a group of students who impressed me with their desire to know how much more. And, apart from learning, are...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Anca-Rodica T
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We were astonished by the great structure of the old main building. It was built 400 years ago, yet still functioning until today. The surrounding areas are so peaceful and we spent one whole morning to stroll around the university. There is a small cafe...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank siawyun316
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Response from dra48 | Reviewed this property |
I went to UST in the context of working. I was invited by the UST BOT. Anyways, You can go to UST by self. It’ll be a free visit. Except some restricted areas, with limited accessibility, most parts of UST are opened to... More
Ralph V
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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.