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University of Santo Tomas

Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
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Older than Harvard

This is a very old Catholic University. It's main hall was used by the Japanese to house American... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2017
Houston, Texas
My alma mater

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

Reviewed April 30, 2017
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines

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Reviewed May 23, 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

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Reviewed April 30, 2017

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

Thank Erasmo B
Reviewed April 23, 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

Thank Anca-Rodica T
Reviewed March 28, 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

Thank siawyun316
Reviewed March 4, 2017

Walking through its old portal, one feels its vintageness. Pleasant admiration as one of the oldest academic establishment. The other building to the right side upon entering is now a modern one.

Thank Rainbowtravelgirl
Reviewed February 23, 2017

I was disappointed that tourists can't visit the university, even if they show ID. I wanted to go but the guard said it wasn't allowed. I understand it is good for the students though, it keeps the place safer and less crowded. Viewing through the...More

Thank Calvin C
Reviewed February 22, 2017

Come to think of it, who would have thought that a very old architecture can still be on the go today. A mixture of old and modern scenery of a school.

Thank JRhecel
Reviewed February 14, 2017

University of Santo Tomas is a powerful institution located right at the middle of Manila. It offers a world class educational curriculum that attracts even foreigners.

Thank ffp2017
Reviewed January 8, 2017

This is combination of old and touch of modern university and schools because theres a elementary and higher school in the compound. Accessible to all ages there is a hospital and food court and a little park to stay with and a church inside the...More

Thank Marilyn C
Reviewed December 28, 2016

While waiting for my night bus to Northern Luzon I found this lovely area with a nice park where I relaxed and read for some hours. People are just strolling and jogging in the park, the atmosphere is nice and best of all, the air...More

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Ralph V
Is the UST Museum open during semestral breaks?
November 11, 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.
Anyone knows how much it costs for a reasonable taxi ride from the Ninoy Aquino Airport to the campus? Thank you
September 24, 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
Can I just go there and visit the campus and the main building by walking through or do I have to make a reservation/announcement?
June 7, 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.