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University of Santo Tomas, Manila

(4.1/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Tucked inside a lavishly decorated garden and lush trees stands the oldest university in the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, dating all the way back to 1611. Admire the Victorian-style exterior, featuring a shabby stone facade embellished with numerous sculptures on top. Take a walk along the lover’s lane, winding from the picturesque stone archway through the serene garden with fountains, thick treetops, and romantic benches. The museum stretches over two floors; the first features a collection of stuffed animals from all around the world, while on the second you can admire fine ceramics, religious icons, paintings, coins, and medals. Put University of Santo Tomas into our Manila trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 pl...  more »
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  • I like UST since I saw the improvements on this school over the years. Examples are the classrooms (some because I not a student here), The Quad-centennial Pavilion (my favorite place there because of its innovative look. And of course the students who are studying hard to make this university the best and they are friendly too. In reality I hate this university a bit (not my university bucket list) because of the flood wetting all our things and your uniform (trousers and feet if you're not aware), who needs to wear school uniform when you step up into college? Universities nowadays allows students to wear college shirts, their choice of outfits or, suits according to their courses (Example: The business students wear coat and tie or business polo shirt), the tuition for local students is not reasonable and fees are also the same for international students (The University of Manchester has set their fees for students for Local/EU Students and International students. For example: mechanical engineering cost £9,000 estimated for Local/EU students and £21,000 for international students.), and most of its facilities are not equipped yet with state-of-art, latest, and the most expensive equipments available today and some of its buildings are not good in design except for the Q-Pavilion and the historical Main Building. Despite all these disadvantages, I hope UST will return to its great educational glory in the future and one day, this university will be very recognizable by the whole world.
  • ANSWER THE PHONE!!! MYH GOD VERY UNHOSPITABLE!
  • This isn't just a university, it's also a national treasure. It has got a huge chapel, a seminary, a clinic, a museum, and a hospital with a car park with lots of restaurants. It's also the oldest catholic university in the country, and maybe even in Asia (not 100% sure about that one)
  • My alma mater. Main Building architecture one of the best in the country. New buildings are quite boxy, can get themselves a better aesthic design. Check out the in-house museum at the Main Buidling, the first in the country. The Main Building is NOT a church so do not genoflect or make a sign of the cross when passing by! 😂
  • A mixture of medieval and modern atmosphere. Such a wonderful place.