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University of Santo Tomas

Espana St. | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
(632)406-1611
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Ranked #3 of 79 attractions in Manila
Type: Educational Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic universities based on enrollment.
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Manila, Philippines
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I am a fan of history. This is the first university established by the friars back 1600s. Good place with good ambience of historical architecture. I can recommend this place to those who would appreciate good sense of history.

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Singapore, Singapore
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I am not sure why this is listed as a tourist attraction. It is just a small university in average grounds with minimal interesting architecture. Merits about 15mins walk around! Not exactly Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard or Yale!

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Tel-Aviv
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I don't understand why there are so many responses here that speak about the academic level of this place. This is a tourist site and so we need to discuss the place as a touristic location. To this point, the place is boring... Just a few gardens. I wouldn't waste my time on it.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Obviously, I love our own. I personally am a jubillarian tint from med. School. Our Main Building, when I was in BS BIOLOGY, was created to withstand earthquakes (Japanese technology). It sways. The Museum for Our national Hero Jose Rizal is their. He was an ophthalmologist and the lenses he used was entrusted for safe keeping to my late mother... More

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Manila, Philippines
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I'm so lucky that University of Santo Tomas (UST) is just beside my condo unit. The campus is very well maintained. You get that "historical" vibe whenever you go inside the buildings or walk through the halls of the classrooms. Recommendations: Take a jump shot picture in the main building as it is the main attraction of the campus.

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Illinois City, Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

It's a big campus, has good professors and curriculum, safe environment. Catholic oriented school. I'll send my kids here.

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Vacaville, California
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

As an American in Manila during WWII, we were put in prison camp here in UST by the Japanese for over 3 years. There were almost 4,000 prisoners during this period.People died of malnutrition, artillary fire, shelling and dysentery. The Japanese were the vilest of enemies. I return with ex-pows almost each year since 1995. Today it is still majestic,... More

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Pasig, Philippines
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

If you love history, University of Santo Tomas is a great place to visit. I studied here for 4 wonderful years and I always feel elated every time I come back. I owe a lot in this University or I was one of hundreds of their scholar. Best place to visit here is during the Christmas season when the campus... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I studied here from years 2000 to 2010. This has been my home for 10 years... Aside from the classrooms, I spent most of my time at the library, Santisissimo Rosario Church (with centralized aircondition), at the park and inside the Main Building. The campus is huge, clean, smoke-free... Lots of trees, plants and nice architectural buildings. I think they... More

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Manila
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18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This university was my 2nd Home for 6 years. Four years in BS Biology and 2 years for my masteral studies. UST is the oldest Catholic University, which is more than 400 years old. Things have changed since my college education : There is a big Central Library, a huge parking / shopping facility in front of the UST Pay... More

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