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University of Santo Tomas

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Address: Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
Phone Number: (632)406-1611
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the...
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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You can't even go in!

I'm giving it a poor rating because you can't even enter the campus. The security is very tight in the university. It's a gorgeous campus, with beautiful architecture and... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Pasig, Philippines
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Pasig, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I'm giving it a poor rating because you can't even enter the campus. The security is very tight in the university. It's a gorgeous campus, with beautiful architecture and greenery and so much history, but you can't go in without an ID or a good excuse so I really wouldn't recommend going here... unless you know someone who can get... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Why the ranking is so high? Who cares about the academic performance since you can't even enter the campus? This place is NOT open for tourists. You will be stopped by an armed security unless you have the permission. If you want to waste your time for a while, then just go.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Every time i visit, nostalgia gets over me. The historic main building is an imposing facade to the years before us and its academic reputation as not only old but excellent education makes you want to enjoy and wonder about the place. The place in itself is large to walk around with the trees that provide shade makes the pondering... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Large campus, if you can get in the main buildings you will be amazed at the paintings. MRT station close by and a jeepney stop outside also

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

One of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Asia - take a stroll around the grounds to appreciate the history and unique buildings that have stood the test of time...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

UST campus has a big soccer field space which simbang was held every December of 16th-25th. There are a lot of food stalls inside to choose from whenever you want to eat. Also has church and museum inside the campus which is rare.. Very nice place to visit and to go around.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

They have maintained the buildings well. The school is clean and security guards are courteous. Very impressive architectural school buildings. A must to visit when in Manila, Philippines

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The oldest University in Asia and the Royal Pontifical University of the Philippines. Home of the growling tigers. Visit UST during paskuhan

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

UST is rightfully proud of its long and prestigeous history as one of the oldest universities in Asia. The campus is studded with impressive architecture and sprawling grounds. Worth a short visit if you're in the area of Espana.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It's official name is The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines. Today, it is popularly known as the U.S.T. Established in 1611 it is one of the oldest universities in the Philippines and the largest in Manila. It is a top university in the Philippines and has one of the highest number of... More 

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