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University of Santo Tomas

Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
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History in action

The Catholic university has a number of UNESCO heritage sites, and a wonderful museum filled with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Oldest University in Asia

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Reviewed 4 days ago
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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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“main building” (40 reviews)
“alma mater” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines

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Reviewed 2 days ago

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.

Thank Leonine949
Reviewed 4 days ago

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

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

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

1  Thank Semsensei
Reviewed 1 May 2017

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

1  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

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

Thank siawyun316
Reviewed 4 March 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 24 February 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 23 February 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
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Questions & Answers
Ralph V
11 November 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.
24 September 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
7 June 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.