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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

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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Wonderful architecture

Had lots of fun here as student exchange for 1 month. Facilities are great & it's one of the oldest building here in Manila.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this school is very old and has a hospital inside the campus, big campus with lots of students and kinda hard to commute

Thank ang s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lots of fun here as student exchange for 1 month. Facilities are great & it's one of the oldest building here in Manila.

Thank Samuelang
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

UST is the oldest university in Asia and is a "royal and pontifical"--w the Pope's imprimatur. Check out the arch of the centuries near its gate facing España Blvd. half of it is the original facade from its original location in Intramuros during the 17th century. Go to the main building and see the museum. I am not sure if... More 

Thank Rey T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place offers attractions that will suite your era, be it colonial or the spanish era (main building) or the present era (BGPOP Bldg). This place is also a great place to have a prenuptial shoot especially at the lovers lane and the historical arch of the centuries. This is a must see when visiting Manila

Thank Wobeenskeedoo
Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With my family, it's the third time we've been to UST. The first was when my eldest also had his graduation in Prep(?). My kids are not enrolled in UST but their school almost always celebrate their commencement exercises in UST. This time, my eldest was back in UST for their Graduation in Grade 6. Looking at my son, I... More 

Thank chrissar17
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The main building which fronts Espana St, is historic. Sometimes, the guards will allow you to see the lobby which has two sets of staircases, originally, to separate girls from boys going to their classrooms. The architecture is very Spanish. The trees in front are also very old. One is free to go around the campus where there are several... More 

Thank marmyrgel
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

I visited the UST Museum yesterday and I was impressed by its collections, especially the life-sized stuffed animals from different parts of the world. Watch out for the giant snake, sharks, tigers, deer, birds, and seashells. On the second floor are the seats that Pope Francis and Pope John Paul II sat on when they visited the UST, as well... More 

Thank NinaSuzette
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

I believe this is the oldest if not one of the oldest university in the East. Very strong influence of Spanish and the campus is a good mix of modern and old architechture.

Thank Madlsi
Pagadian City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

This university is a greatly important academic institution, not only because of its impressive academic track record, but also because this is one of the oldest universities of the Philippines, established during the Spanish Regime (an over 3-decade colonial era). The buildings and structures define ancient Victorian architecture, it's main entrance situated just along one of the major roads of... More 

Thank EmiliaOZ
Manila, Philippines
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45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines, or simply the University of Santo Tomas (UST), is a private, Roman Catholic research university in Manila, Philippines. it has the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia,and is one of the world's largest Catholic universities in terms of enrollment found on one... More 

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